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Sony's new 'compact' flagship has a 6.1-inch 21:9 display

Sony's new 'compact' flagship has a 6.1-inch 21:9 display

It's still oddly long, like its predecessor, but Sony says the Xperia 5's slim, 68mm wide design means it easier to use and means it's no longer a two-handed operation.

Although not confirmed, it seems the Xperia 2 could feature a slightly smaller screen, upgraded processor and a change to the position of the rear camera.

While there were rumours that Sony would unveil the Xperia 2 at this year's IFA, the firm instead skipped a few numbers and took to Germany to show off the Xperia 5.

The Xperia 5 comes with a 6.1-inch OLED display in the 21:9 format used by the movie industry and, for photographers and video bloggers, packs a triple camera with resolution of 12 megapixels. Coupled with Sony's audio technologies including Hi-Res Audio, DSEE HX™ for digital up-scaling and LDAC for wireless audio, and immersive Dolby Atmos®, Xperia 5 provides a mesmerising sound experience.

This isn't a follow-up to the Xperia 1, instead it sits nearly alongside in a similar way to the "Xperia Compact" variants Sony used to produce alongside its flagship devices.

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Finally, you've got IP68 water and dust resistance here, which is good to see. It'll come in four colors: black, white, blue and red. Other details are scant right now, but the phone will go on preorder next week, launching in October. It's paired with 6GB of RAM, and in our short amount of testing time it seemed to load up apps quickly without any wait.

This may have been created to allow for more tech inside the phone with wireless charging one of the features missing from the current flagship.

A nice feature Sony has included on the Xperia 5 is support for its PlayStation DualShock 4 controller.

We've yet to be able to test this extensively, but this setup performed well on the Xperia 1 and we'd expect it to be a similar case on the Sony Xperia 5.

Sony is scheduled to announce their latest Xperia smartphone today at IFA 2019.