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Watch the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium's 4K screen shrug off a splashingWe take a closer look at Sony's new flagship phone, which has the highest resolution display we've ever seen. It's waterproof too!
[MUSIC] Sony experience that fight premium the flagship Sony phone we been waiting for. While the regular experience at five was pretty much reissue of the dead so before it the dead five premium comes with a larger screen with a whopping 4k resolution. [INAUDIBLE] The screen's actual resolution is 3840 by 2160 pixels which equates to around 801 pixels per range on its 5.5 inch screen. Now that's the highest resolution I've ever seen on a phone and, in fact, it's about double the resolution you'll get on the iPhone 6S Plus. However, can you actually tell the difference? Well to my eyes, no, not really. Even when I put the same hi-res photo side-by-side on destiny iPhone, I couldn't really tell a lot of difference. In the same goes for high definition video as well. Well. Maybe if you've got particularly keen vision and you get right up close to the screen, you might see some small differences. But, it certainly isn't a difference that reaches out and just smacks you in the face and, given the price, I really would want it to to that. Physically, there's no question when it's parts of Sony's experian line. It's got a glossy minimalist design and Sony has made the sides a lot more squared off. Still waterproof although Sony no longer recommends submerging it in the water. Instead the waterproofing is just designed to keep it safe from spilled drinks, or when your taking calls in the rain. What you can't do though is use it for underwater photography. Speaking of photography, though, the camera is one of the [UNKNOWN] premium's trump cards with a whopping 23 megapixel sensor. It can take some great shots with plenty of color and loads of detail. And, of course, it can shoot video in 4K as well. And, on this one of course, you can even watch the footage back in 4K. Inside it's running on a [UNKNOWN] Snapdragon 8.10 processor with 3 gigabytes as well which make navigating the Android interface incredibly swift. Gaming is, of course, handled really well as is photo editing. There's really very little you can throw at this thing to slow it down. You'll also find Android lollipop software and on the side is a fingerprint scanner which works quickly and accurately. This phone is worthy of its premium name. It really does do everything you'd expect from a top-end phone, but, yet, I'm still not quite calling it a triumph. Slapping 4K into a screen sounds impressive on paper, but in reality it doesn't really add all that much to your experience. What it does do It bumps up the price. If you're after a high-performance Android phone you can safely use in the rain, the Z5 Premium is definitely worth a look. If waterproofing isn't that important to you though, and you don't really care about bragging about your 4K display, save yourself a bit of money and look elsewhere. I'm Andrew Hoyle for cnet and this is a Sony Xperia Z5 premium. [MUSIC]