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Sony's Xperia Z5 smartphones will include a fingerprint sensor on the side

If the design ain't broke...

Over the last few weeks, we've seen an increasing pace of leaked photos of Sony's next smartphone, the Xperia Z5. Actually, we're expecting three different models: the Z5, the Z5 Compact, and the Z5 Premium (or maybe Z5 Plus, depending on who's doing the leaking). All three will stick to Sony's tried and true design language, which is a spartan and squarish combination of metal rails and glass. It's not a flashy design anymore, but it does have a sort of reserved charm. You can get your best look at the new phones at the Xperia Blog (naturally), which uncovered some promotional images that Sony let slip.

Read next: The Sony Xperia Z5 review.

In the US, Sony's phones have had more of a cult following than a huge customer base — mostly because Sony hasn't been effective at getting the things into market here. We don't know whether that will change with the Z5, but we are beginning to get a sense of what the new features in the Z5 will be thanks to the leaks. The latest is that the camera will apparently include a 23-megapixel sensor. We've also seen evidence that the power button, seated on the righthand side, will integrate a fingerprint scanner.

We can also break down the differences between the three models, thanks in part to a Facebook page that got a little overzealous (Sony has disavowed the page as unofficial). The Z5 Compact should have a 4.6-inch, 720p screen and the regular old Z5 should have a 5.2-inch 1080p screen. The Z5 Premium is expected to have a 5.5-inch screen, but the spec that will wow the cultists is the Ultra-HD 4K display. Sony might just want to suggest that this is the phone you'll want to drop into Google Cardboard for VR as well.

We don't know how a phone with that many pixels will actually perform, but we're eager to find out. It seems likely that the finding out will happen at IFA, the giant electronics show in Berlin. Sony will have a press conference on September 2nd, and you can bet we'll be there.


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