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Xperia Z5 Premium delivers blow to Apple and Ive

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Nobody was expecting it. Sony this Summer released the Xperia Z4 in Japan and the Xperia Z3+ internationally, and nobody thought that the company would release another smartphone until next year. Rumors about it were scarce and few people actually showed interest towards Sony’s mobile division after their last few failed attempts. But Sony doesn’t care and today they proved that their strategy might just work. The Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium are now official, and the whole affair is a doozy. Tim Cook and Jony Ive should already be worried by now, as Sony really nailed it this time.

While the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are the more affordable new smartphones from Sony (their prices undisclosed as of yet), they are very similar to the premium model, the Xperia Z5 Premium. But the Premium is what we are interested in and the device with which Sony has just delivered a pretty heavy blow to Apple and its design team.

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The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is beautiful. Many companies were striving to design a premium smartphone that would actually look better than the iPhone 6, but many failed. Samsung adopted a new design that involves a lot of metal and glass, taking after Sony, but didn’t quite make the impression they wanted. The Xperia Z5 Premium makes a good first impression even from far away, and that’s something new for Sony.

Many consider Sony Xperia devices bulky and ugly, but the Xperia Z5 Premium addresses almost every issue anyone could have when it comes to smartphone design. Although the versatility and behavior of the design are still under question as there aren’t any reviews of the phone available yet, first impressions of the all-metal, glass and chrome device are overwhelmingly good.

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The Japanese company’s smartphone division has been struggling and the company was actually thinking about spinning it off at one point, but the Xperia Z5 Premium looks to have saved the day. Sony’s event today was sparkly and fashionable, and that’s what the Xperia Z5 Premium emanates as well. Naturally, the features and specs of the phone are top-notch, but the design and appearance of the phone are much more surprising and attractive and they give the company’s new flagship a good shot at taking down Apple when it comes to premium phones.

Apple fans are known to love premium design, and the Xperia Z5 Premium is just that: metal case with a glass finish all around, the back panel doubling as a mirror even. Fingerprints are a bit too pronounced on the back panel, but that’s what you get when you use glass. Still, it’s not as bad as it was with the Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z4, so props for making that mirror less smudged-up. The new color schemes that the company chose for the Xperia Z5 Premium are perfect and seem to be perfectly matched with the slightly industrial design of the handset.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium features

The power button of the Xperia Z5 Premium (and the rest of the Xperia Z5 line-up) has been redesigned and acts as the first new element that the company introduced to revolutionize user experience. The power button has a fingerprint sensor embedded within, which makes biometric security now part of the Sony line-up of devices and a first for the company. The Xperia Z5 Premium comes with an exquisite build covered in a chrome or gold finish on the sides and with black dominating the rest of the body of the phone thus giving it a decidedly fashionable and premium appearance.

Xperia Z5 specs are just as spectacular as the design, but we have to note that hardware-wise, Sony hasn’t changed much. The Xperia Z5 Premium comes with a a Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB expandable internal storage. Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is on board with Sony’s own skin on top and the latest version of the OS seems to be working with what Sony has done just fine, based on first impressions of the device.

The most spectacular part of the Xperia Z5 Premium however is its display: a stunning 5.5-inch display with a 4K resolution of 2160 x 3840, which puts pixel density at a whopping 806 ppi, a first in the smartphone industry. That’s better resolution than the Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, LG G4, Oppo Find 7 and anything else you can think of. While there’s little content, the device supports upscaling, but that’s not entirely the same thing. Nonetheless, as 4K is slowly moving up to a new standard, Sony’s is a good deal ahead of the competition with the Xperia Z5 Premium display.

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If some of you thought that adding a new design and a fingerprint sensor to the design of the Xperia Z5 Premium would render the rest of the features of Xperia smartphones not implementable, you can sigh. The Xperia Z5 Premium is dust- and waterproof with an IP68 certification, which is wonderful.  Flaps are still there, though. The huge 3430 mAh fast-charging battery of the phone is said to handle two days of usage, although that massive screen will most likely impact battery life more than one would think.

The last aspect of the new smartphone is the camera, and it’s the same level of spectacular. The Xperia Z5 Premium camera setup is made up of 23 MP camera on the rear that has autofocus and an LED flash, but no optical image stabilization unfortunately. On the front, the handset comes with a 5.1 MP wide-angle lens that can also do HDR. The rear camera can record 4K video while the front is capable of 1080p video. We’re curious to see how the cameras behave in low-light conditions and how stabilization works, as the lack of OIS might impact the experience in the end.

If you look at the Xperia Z5 Premium and the iPhone 6 Plus side by side, there’s a clear winner, and for once in many years, it’s not the iPhone. People at the event seemed to love the new design and finally felt that Sony refreshed their design language and gave fans something new. Fans of Xperia handsets had been craving for a change in design for some time, and the Xperia Z5 is finally fulfilling their requests. If the Xperia Z5 Premium price is made affordable and balanced, around $600 for example, Tim Cook and Jony Ive should start revising and reconsidering a bit.

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Consoles

PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro

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PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!

Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.

According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.

As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.

However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.

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Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400

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The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.

They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition

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The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.

The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus

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Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.

The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.

Redmi Note 12 Pro

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Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.

The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.

Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).

Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.

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What Has Changed Over Time Between the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Fold 2?

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We let the specs speak for themselves. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 compares to the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 2 in the following table.

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The revolutionary Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung was released a few months ago. The foldable has the same $1,800 starting price as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from the previous year. Samsung will need to convince consumers to pay up for its high-end devices this year, though, as a recession and record-high inflation are both predicted. But it would be difficult to find a better option than Samsung’s book-style foldables if you’re eager to ride the leading edge of foldable phone technology (and have the money to boot).

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The company calls its foldable phone-tablet, the Z Fold 4, a “multitasking powerhouse.” It features a higher-resolution display, the most recent Qualcomm chipset, Android 12L out of the box, and a new 1TB option. (Scroll to the bottom for a side-by-side spec comparison for more specific information.) The business claims that in addition to providing features like new gestures and an enhanced taskbar, it has tried to make multitasking more intuitive.

The camera system of the Z Fold 4 was also enhanced by Samsung. Three cameras—a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens—are located on the back of the device. Both optical and digital zoom up to 10x are supported by that telephoto lens. In addition, there are two “front cameras.” The Z Fold 4’s main display has a 10-megapixel sensor, which is the most noticeable, while the internal screen has a 4-megapixel under-display camera.

Along with the updated specifications, Samsung stressed its desire to create foldable phones that are more environmentally friendly. The Fold 4 is the first of Samsung’s folding devices to employ parts manufactured from recycled fishing nets. There are several recycled components inside the phone, including the connector cap for the display and the bracket for the side keys. Nevertheless, it’s challenging to assess the significance of these changes without tearing them apart.

In relation to sustainability, Samsung claims the Z Fold 4 uses stronger materials. An “optimal layer structure,” which provides better damage prevention, is now used for its main cover. The typical aluminum frames and Gorilla Glass Victus on the cover and back support everything mentioned above.

The lack of dust resistance on the Z Fold 4 is still a drawback of its foldable nature. It still has the IPX8 classification from the previous year, meaning it can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in freshwater up to 1.5 meters deep. The Galaxy S22 line of smartphones, in contrast, features IP68 water- and dust-resistance, which means the devices can tolerate sand, grime, and dust. They can also be submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.

The S Pen storage slot is still missing, but Samsung has introduced a cover with a S Pen holder that is available for purchase separately. Check out the specs table below from CNET for more details on how Samsung’s cutting-edge Z Fold series has changed over time.

See how the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Watch models compare for more information.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Z Fold 3 vs. Z Fold 2

Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Galaxy Z Fold 2
Display size, resolution Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,176×1,812 pixels); External: 6.2-inch HD Plus (2,316×904) Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,208×1,768 pixels); External: 6.2-inch AMOLED (2,268×832 pixels); Internal: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; External: 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,260×816 + 2,208×1,768 pixels
Pixel density TBC 387ppi (external) + 374ppi (internal) 386ppi (external) + 373ppi (internal)
Dimensions (Millimeters) Folded: 67.1×155.1×15.8mm (Hinge) ~14.2mm(Sagging). Unfolded: 130.1×155.1×6.3mm Folded: 67x158x16mm (hinge) ~14.4mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128x158x6.4mm Folded: 68.0×159.2×16.8mm (hinge) ~13.8mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128.2×159.2×6.9mm (frame) ~6.0mm (screen)
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 9.27 oz; 263g 9.56 oz; 271 g 10 oz; 282 g
Mobile software Android 12L Android 11 Android 10
Camera 50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (main) + 12-megapixel (wide angle) + 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover) 4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover) 10-megapixel, 10-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen Plus 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM/Storage 12GB + 256GB/512GB/1TB 12GB + 256GB/512GB 12GB + 256 GB
Expandable storage None None None
Battery/Charger 4,400 mAh 4,400 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Side Side Side
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack None None None
Special features Foldable phone, 30x optical, 30x space zoom, IPX8, 25-watt fast-charging (no in-box charger) 5G-enabled; Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate (front cover and main display), IPX8 water-resistance, S Pen support Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate, wireless charging support
Price (USD) $1,800 (256 GB); $2,000 (512GB), $2160 (1TB) $1,800 (256GB); $1,900 (512GB) $1,999
Price (GBP) TBC £1,599 (256GB); £1,699 (512GB) £1,799
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