Weekly poll results: the Sony Xperia 5 V is a great phone but is overpriced

Peter, 10 September 2023

Just like last year with the Mark 4, the people love the Sony Xperia 5 V, but they don’t love its price tag. In other words, it’s a great phone, it’s just that there are other great phones out there that don’t cost as much.

That’s not all, Sony is yet to announce a North American release for the phone, which cuts out one of the most important markets – well-heeled consumers that have a limited selection of brands in their local stores. That said, this turned out to be a relatively minor issue in the poll.

As for the hardware, (predictably) the Xperia 5 got praise for its superb battery life. And, of course, the microSD slot and headphone jack appearing together on a phone is special. Even Sony’s trademark 21:9 aspect ratio for the screen keeps getting positive comments.

Weekly poll results: the Sony Xperia 5 V is a great phone but is overpriced

It’s not all perfect, though. The complete removal of the telephoto camera proved to be an unpopular move (what was Sony thinking?). The Mark 5 also got knocked for its poor thermal management. Sony also lags behind the competition in terms of software support, not great for a phone that costs this much. And the high refresh rate mode of the display could really use a proper Auto mode (if not a switch to LTPO).

The Sony Xperia 5 V goes on sale later this month, pre-orders should start soon. Pre-orders get a free pair of WH-CH720N noise canceling headphones (worth €100). Check our our written and video review to learn more about the phone.


Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 20 Sep 2023
  • qqb

That might happen a little more with them but those things 100% all happen with even the biggest brands out there. Even samsung and apple. Even the terrible defects and the collecting/ selling personal data. And Sony beats them all on over pricing...

  • Anonymous
  • 19 Sep 2023
  • bas

Yeah most of them have garbage quality control, or buggy "features" that only fanboys defend. I remember buying a brand new Xiaomi 13, sealed, straight from China with Chinese firmware, and the thing had pitting on the glass from the factor...

  • SoundMix
  • 17 Sep 2023
  • 4q0

Most Chinese android phones fall short on supporting all the T-Mobile bands and some others. I'll stick to what works perfectly from Korea and Taiwan.

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