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.
On the back of the device, there’s a three lens camera system. The three 12MP lenses are 16 mm, 26 mm, and 52 mm, and offer varying degrees of photography tech, including Sony’s impressive Eye Auto Focus technology that does exactly what it sounds like. The front-facing 8MP camera offers features like SteadyShot, portrait selfie effects, 3D Creator, and triggering with hand movements or a small.
At launch, the Xperia 5 will come in four colors—red, white, blue, and black—and will run Android 9 Pie out of the box. U.S. availability for the phone is still up in the air, but for now it’s up for preorder in Europe next week and is expected to start shipping in October.