Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Premium Definition

Premium Definition

GSMArena team, 25 November, 2015.

Contacts and telephony

The contacts app uses a tabbed interface, consisting of Contacts, Favorites and Groups.

The app no longer comes bundled with the phone app, but you can still quickly jump to it from the dialer.

The contact list has a dedicated search field plus it offers a very nicely animated alphabetical scroll bar.

The dialer supports smart dialing, so you can seamlessly search for a number or a name using the corresponding keypad buttons.

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Phonebook • Dialer

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium was able to hold onto signal very well. Calls remained uninterrupted and the sound quality was okay even in tight places. Voices came out loud enough. Clarity was also quite good.

The noise cancellation system is also pulling its own weight ensuring pretty good background noise suppression, as reported by the other side.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium loudspeaker setup is a little on the quiet side and scored a Below Average mark in our loudspeaker test. The score was achieved with Sony's Clear Audio optimization turned off, as it does take away some of the loudness, making the situation even worse.

We have definitely seen louder devices, but let's not forget that the Z5 Premium does have stereo speakers, ideally positioned on the front of the device.

This helps for a much more immersive multimedia experience, be it for watching videos, playing games or listening to music and most phones with stereo speakers are hardly chart toppers in terms of loudness. Its score is also fairly comparable to the Z5, so this loudness level comes as no surprise.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia Z5 65.1 62.3 66.3 Below Average
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 65.8 65.1 64.6 Below Average
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 66.6 65.2 66.9 Below Average
Sony Xperia Z3+ 66.7 66.6 67.7 Average
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 65.8 64.8 70.4 Average
LG G Flex2 66.5 65.8 70.5 Average
Meizu Pro 5 67.7 66.6 68.7 Average
HTC One M9 65.2 64.6 76.1 Average
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 69.7 66.5 73.5 Good
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini 73.5 67.7 78.7 Very Good
Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent
OnePlus 2 75.7 73.5 80.7 Excellent


Messaging hasn't really changed and is the same familiar Xperia experience (yeah it does sound weird), but now with a prettier Material design interface. Text messages and MMS use standard thread layout. Adding multimedia (photos, videos, sounds, etc.) will convert the message automatically into an MMS.

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Messenger • Gmail • Email

Naturally, the Gmail client and the default Email apps are onboard. Gmail can not only sync with multiple Google accounts, but now has the ability to pull messages from any POP or IMAP server. This does render the default messenger somewhat obsolete, but it still has its place if you want to keep your work communication completely separate from Google.

Reader comments

where can i buy this phone and am from kenya

Have you tried "SoundAbout"? (that's the name on the GP Store.) Personally, though, I just resorted to using good Bluetooth earphones and headphones - I got an Aukey Latitude (EP-B40) for super cheap and a Sony MDR-ZX770BN (noise canceling headp...

guys the headphone jack issue is because of its headphone. I used to use my own headphone for two years and it was ok. then it broke and I switched to the one sony provided with the phone (MH750), after a week or two, it messed up with the head...