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Sony Xperia 5 Smartphone

Along with a new smartphone, it's also likely we'll hear more news of Sony's range of 4K and 8K TVs and new wireless headphones could also be shown to the world. Called the Xperia 5, this smartphone may have a weird name but comes flush with a good set of features. The Xperia 1 was a great phone for watching movies on and we'll expect much the same from this new device.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Sony Xperia 5 on the rear packs a 12-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.6 aperture; a second 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a third 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. This, in addition to a lightweight build which is 14g lighter than the Xperia 1, Sony says makes it easy-to-use. It'll come with a long 6.1-inch 21:9 ratio, HDR-compatible OLED display, with Dolby Atmos sound built-in.

The phone is also water resistant with a rating of IP68, so it should be able to survive the odd splash of water.

The Android device, a lower-priced iteration of the Xperia 1 launched in June, will go on sale in October at 799 euros ($884) with pre-orders from next week, Sony executive Shigeki Ishizuka told a presentation at IFA. It is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The back of the phone is glass, and the device comes in either blue, back, grey or red.

This may have been created to allow for more tech inside the phone with wireless charging one of the features missing from the current flagship. The Xperia 5 will also support DualShock for haptic gaming on Fortnite.

Those looking for smaller Android alternatives may be happy to see Sony offer another compact phone, but we're not sure it's small enough to impress those who want to see a return of the firm's popular one-handed form factor.



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