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Just like last year with the Mark 4, people love the Sony Xperia 5 V, but they don’t like its price. 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 has yet to announce a North American release for the phone, eliminating one of its key markets – affluent consumers who have a limited selection of brands in their local stores. That said, it appears to be a relatively minor issue in the poll.
Regarding the hardware, the Xperia 5 V won praise for its excellent battery life, which was expected. Additionally, the inclusion of both a microSD slot and a headphone jack on the phone is noteworthy. Sony’s trademark 21:9 aspect ratio for the display continues to receive positive comments.
However, it is not without its flaws. The complete removal of the telephoto camera was an unpopular move (what was Sony thinking?). The Sony Xperia 5 V also received criticism for its poor thermal management. Sony is also lagging behind the competition in terms of software support, which is not ideal for a phone that costs this much. Additionally, the display’s high refresh rate mode could really benefit from a proper auto mode (if not a switch to LTPO).
The Sony Xperia 5 V will go on sale later this month, and pre-orders should start soon. Pre-orders come with a free pair of WH-CH720N noise-canceling headphones (worth €100). Check out our written and video review to learn more about the phone.