The new Sony Xperia 5 is basically the Xperia 1 Compact

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

Sony unveils Xperia 5 smartphone with camera auto focus algorithms from Sony Alpha series

Under the hood is the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset - the same chip that's in the Xperia 1.

Sony Xperia 5 based on Android Pie and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 512GB).

The camera on the Xperia 5 builds on the Eye Autofocus that was present in the Xperia 1 by allowing for burst shooting at 10fps Autofocus/Auto-exposure tracking.

The new phone borrowed the trio of cameras from the Xperia 1 (12 MP regular + 12 MP ultra-wide-angle + 12 MP telephoto), but now the setup is placed in the upper left corner. Sony is also providing users access to Creator Mode on the Xperia 5 as well, alongwith Dolby Atmos-enhanced stereo sound experience.

That smaller footprint is represented by a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2520, and a 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio.

"With Xperia 5 we've brought what our customers loved from Xperia 1 into a smaller design with the latest award-winning technology from Sony", said Mitsuya Kishida, President of Sony Mobile Communications in a press statement. Prices start at €799 (about US$885) and there are black, blue, gray and red colors to pick from.

Finally, you've got IP68 water and dust resistance here, which is good to see.

The triple camera system on the back is made out of a trio of 12MP 16mm, 26mm and 52mm lenses, complemented by an 8MP selfie shooter on the front.

As for the pricing and availability, Sony is yet to reveal the details but the phone will go on preorder next week and will be launched on October 4 in the UK. Sony today took center stage at IFA 2019 to unveil a slightly compact sibling for its flagship smartphone. For more of an idea of what you get with the Sony Xperia 5, and how it looks in use, check out the official promotional video below.

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