About Sony Xperia 5 - Review, Specs + more So here we have the latest handset from Sony: it's one model down from the flagship (that's the Xperia 1). The '5' is slightly smaller, cheaper, and lacks some of the features of the range-topper, but is it a good buy? Summary of contents Xperia 5 - Display Sony Xperia 5 Deals - Cameras Xperia 5 - Battery oneCompare Verdict Xperia 5 Price in UK Xperia 5 - Display The new Xperia 5 is again found in familiar 21: 9 format, but has a smaller screen at 6.1 inches (compared to 6.5 inches on the X1). Sony has offered it with a lovely OLED display with Full HD Plus resolution (2,520 x 1,080). That's sharp enough to cope with the gradation over the Xperia 1 with 4K resolution (3,840 x 1,644). In the slimmer format, the Xperia 5 can still be handled well with one hand. The glass case (Gorilla Glass 6) sits well in the hand thanks to the rounded edges, and you can choose between black, grey, blue and red in the UK. The fingerprint sensor is recessed in the right side and easy to reach. If you want, you can use the side-sensor function and start apps like the camera app quickly by tapping on the edge of the screen - a novel innovation. We've yet to get our hands on this model in person, but when we do we'll update this review. Sony Xperia 5 Deals - Cameras On the back of the Xperia 5 you'll find a triple camera with wide-angle, zoom and ultra-wide-angle lens respectively, each shooting photos at 12 megapixels. The zoom lens allows for twice the optical zoom, the wide-angle camera can record super-slow-motion video at up to 960 frames per second in full HD. Both have an optical image stabiliser. An autofocus is also on board, which specifically detects and automatically focuses eyes. This works reliably, even if the target object moves. The front camera snaps at 8 megapixels. New features such as the much vaulted "photo hints" inform users, for example, whether the object is hidden during the recording or someone in the photo has closed their eyes. As with the Xperia 1 is a pity the camera's photos and videos only are available in 16: 9 (or 4: 3- and 1: 1-) but not in 21: 9 format - at least in the camera app. The Xperia 5 features an enhanced version of the Cinema Pro app based on Sony movie camera technology. This makes it possible to set various settings such as ISO values, shutter speeds and white balance individually. Video recordings are made in 21: 9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 4K and can also be cut and put together. Xperia 5 - Battery The on-board battery has a capacity of 3,140 mAh which is sufficient, but the size of the OLED display should be a bit more in our opinion for a battery of that size. SONY could have added more here. By comparison, the 6.1-inch Huawei P30 has a 3,650 mAh battery, meaning it lasts around eleven and a half hours in continuous load testing. How much the Xperia 5 will do will show itself as soon as our test lab has gone through it. It can be charged via USB-C - but not wirelessly. The sound is good, both through Dolby Atmos and without wired headphones through the stereo speakers. oneCompare Verdict The Xperia 5 represents a suitable middle ground, although SONY runs the risk of launching too many models in the Xperia range. Is there really enough of a differnce between the Xperia 10, and this model, for example? Overall we'd say if you're after the best SONY handset then you will surely opt for the Xperia 1, but if not, then the 5 is a suitable compromise. Xperia 5 Price in UK This is still a very rare phone - a lot of people in the UK are desperate to get hold of it, and launch models are scarce. Thankfully, the pricing is affordable - from just £22 a month on UK networks like Vodafone. Or you can buy it outright for the price of about £599.