In the run up to IFA 2019, it was rumored that Sony was likely to drop its next Xperia mobile phone device. While it was thought to be called the Xperia 2—the natural progression and naming convention of something that follows the first of its kind—Sony ultimately skipped a few generations and went right to the Xperia 5.
Not much has changed around the sales pitch for the phone. Sony wants it to be considered a mobile entertainment powerhouse—which it certainly is. But to aid in that effort, Sony reconfigured the device to the traditional cinematic aspect ratio of 21:9, not something you’ll often (or ever, really) see on a smartphone. The 6.1-inch CinemaWide display is FHD and HDR OLED, and it is flanked by stereo speakers that are capable of delivering a Dolby Atmos sound experience.
Aside from being a great movie or TV show watching companion, the Xperia 5 is built to be a workhorse in the gaming space as well. The phone runs on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 mobile processor and sports 6 gigs of RAM. Further, Sony baked in support for the PS4 DualShock 2 controller and Remote Play on the system, which makes mobile gaming a more seamless experience.