Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. OnePlus 5 – Epic Battle and Comparison

Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. OnePlus 5 – Epic Battle and Comparison

2017 is definitely a year which offers a lot of options in terms of new technology and smartphones. If you are struggling in choosing one, then this article might help you decide between OnePlus 5 and Xperia XZ Premium.

Design and Build

If one is to compare the two smartphones, their designs are very different and it is only up to what you might prefer. The Xperia XZ has a glass looking surface creating a mirror effect. The material used is Corning Gorilla Glass 5, ensuring the durability and quality of the phone. The phone also has diamond cut edges and a stainless steel camera lens ring.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is fully waterproof (Certified IP65/68*) and a fingerprint scanner (built-in the home button). These two features prevent dust, rain and water from ruining your phone, while also allowing you to launch your phone in no time.

The OnePlus 5 has a horizon line division towards the edge of the smartphone, which separates light from shadow. The device also has a rounded design and the colors available are Slate Gray and Midnight Black. The phone is smaller than the XZ Premium or at least it feels like it although the screens have the same size. The look is a metal phone, while the Xperia XZ look is a shiny one.

Specs and Hardware

On one hand, the OnePlus 5 does not come waterproof or with such a good display as the Xperia XZ. It only has full HD resolution, but it comes with the Optic AMOLED technology, excellent for color and contrast. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has an excellent screen: with 4K and HDR support (only for Amazon and Netflix so far), also 807ppi pixel density. For those who love intense colors, this is the better choice for sure.

The processor used for both devices is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and each smartphone has a standard 64 GB of memory. The differences come in RAM: the OnePlus 5 has 6GB of RAM, while the Xperia XZ has 4GB of RAM.

A plus for the Sony smartphone is the microSD slot which boosts storage. In terms of connectivity, both devices come with features such as 11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0.

Another similarity between the phones is that the nowadays rare headphone jack is present. Both phones charce via USB-C and have the fast-charge option, but the Xperia XZ Premium has a smaller battery (3230m Ah). The OnePlus has a 3300m Ah battery.


OnePlus 5 comes with two rear cameras, while Sony Xperia comes with just one rear camera. However, the XZ’s camera is great for taking pictures in low-light and also has a 960fps slow motion video mode. The OnePlus’s main camera has 16Mp and a 20Mp sensor (telephoto lens).


The starting price for the OnePlus 5 is of 449 £, while Sony Xperia XZ Premium’s starting price is of 649 £. The 200 £ difference might be a decision maker fact for smartphone buyers.


All in all, both devices are great smartphones and good candidates for purchasing. In order to make a decision, it is important to look through all their features and decide which ones are definitely a must. For example, if design is very important, then you should remember that the OnePlus 5 comes with a sleek design and good color options. If you tend to be quite clumsy, then the Sony waterproof smartphone might be the best choice for you. Also in terms of specs, the phones have similar high-end technologies and therefore the price might be important.



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