Sony has announced the Xperia Z5 smartphone at IFA 2015 alongside two other models, the Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium. Here's what you need to know about the UK Xperia Z5 release date, price, specs and new features. See also: Best new phones you should be excited about this year (and in 2016).

We've also got a hands-on review of the Sony Xperia Z5 here.

 "Smartphones are part of people’s lives" said Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications. "Since users already create, share and enjoy most of their content on the go – we've set out to bring Sony's latest innovations in camera, design and display to ensure the Xperia Z5 series is the best possible lifestyle and entertainment platform."

Sony Xperia Z5 release date and price UK

You've only got a month to wait for the Sony Xperia Z5 as it will arrive in October – an exact release date is now available via Vodafone (see below). Sony's site says 'deliveries expected to start at the beginning of October'.

Sony has only said that the 'pricing will reflect the premium quality of the smartphone' which is pretty vague. However, we can expect it to sell for a similar amount to previous flagship Xperia Z phones around £550.

Clove has announced the Z5 will cost £525 which isn't far off our estimate and Sony's official price is £1 off at £549.

Update: Vodafone has announced the phone is available to pre-order with a free phone from £49 per month. That's a 4G Red Value Bundle which includes unlimited texts and minutes plus 4GB of data. You'll also get a choice of 6 months of Netflix, Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile TV or Now TV Entertainment Pass. The network will delivery the Xperia Z5 on 5 October.

Sony Xperia Z5 release date, price and specs UK

Sony Xperia Z5 specs and new features

You'll notice that the design of the Xperia Z5 is a little different with the frosted glass rear cover but more importantly the new flat and rectangular power button. We prefer the look of the old iconic round one but this change is due to the addition of a fingerprint scanner. Sony admits that it's late to the party on this but claims it's the best.

The processor inside the Z5 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. That's the same as the Z3+ (the Z4 in Japan) which was something of a filler device until the Z5 launched.

Sony Xperia Z5 release date, price and specs UK

As well as the fingerprint scanner, another key new feature is the upgraded camera which is the first change in this department since the Xperia Z1. It's now 23Mp (up from 21Mp) and Sony claims it has the fastest autofocus at 0.03 seconds, x5 Clear Image zoom and the best low light performance.

The phone is still waterproof (up to IP68) and will be available in for colour options: white, graphite black, gold and green. A remaining feature, which some other rivals have taken away, is a Micro-SD card slot which can take up to 200GB.

Here are the full Sony Xperia Z5 specifications:

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 5.2in Full HD IPS display (1080x1920)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 64-bit, octa-core
  • 3GB RAM
  • Up to 32GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot, up to 200GB
  • 23Mp rear camera
  • 5Mp front camera
  • 2900mAh battery
  • Nano-SIM
  • IP65/68 waterproof
  • White, Graphite Black, Gold, Green
  • 72x146x7.3mm
  • 154g

 Sony Xperia Z5 release date, price and specs UK