Sony launches upgraded Xperia 5 V compact flagship

Sony has introduced an upgraded Xperia 5 V compact flagship smartphone, incorporating subtle yet noteworthy enhancements. While its appearance closely resembles its predecessor, the Xperia 5 IV, this new iteration features a fresh dual-camera setup and other minor adjustments. Sony has also maintained the coveted 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD expandable storage.

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The Sony Xperia 5 V maintains a striking resemblance to its forerunner, boasting an almost identical design. Notably, minor alterations have resulted in the phone being slightly shorter, 1mm wider, and 0.4mm thicker than its 2022 sibling. Despite these modest adjustments, the device retains its compact form, competing directly with the Galaxy S23 and iPhone 15 in terms of size.

The smartphone continues to feature a 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2520 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate. However, Sony has upgraded the glass to the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, renowned for its enhanced durability and reduced susceptibility to scratches. In terms of durability, the Xperia 5 V maintains its IP68 rating, certifying its resistance to water and dust.

Under the hood, the Xperia 5 V is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, complemented by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Sony enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that both the 3.5mm headphone jack and the microSD card slot, supporting expansion of storage up to 1TB, have been retained.

On the rear, the Xperia 5 V sports a slightly modified design, featuring an entirely new camera setup with Zeiss optics. Sony has transitioned from a three-camera array to a more capable dual-camera configuration. The primary camera boasts the same sensor as the Xperia 1 V: a 52MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, OIS, and a 1/1.35-inch sensor with an 84-degree field of view (FoV). Accompanying it is a 12MP ultrawide camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 123-degree FoV. The front-facing camera is equipped with a 12MP sensor featuring an f/2.0 aperture and an 83-degree FoV.

As seen in previous Xperia models, Sony is targeting creators with the Xperia 5 V, aiming to provide improved video and photo capture capabilities. The device incorporates a Video Creator app capable of automatically capturing content suitable for sharing on social media platforms. With the new primary sensor, users can expect sharp and crisp content regardless of the platform.

Regarding battery life, Sony has maintained the same specifications as the Xperia 5 IV, featuring a 5,000 mAh battery. Sony claims that with the separately sold 30W power adapter, the device can charge from 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes.