Sony introduced its Xperia 5 V handset quite recently, and we’re here to compare it with its direct competition. We’ll compare the Apple iPhone 14 Pro vs Sony Xperia 5 V. The iPhone 15 series is right around the corner, but many of you will hold onto your iPhone 14 Pro, or perhaps even buy it after the iPhone 15 series arrives. Having said that, these two phones are both compact high-end offerings from their respective companies, and each of them has its strengths.
We’ll first list their specifications, and will then compare them across a number of categories. We’ll compare their designs, displays, performance, battery life, cameras, and audio performance. Both of these phones are rather compact, but they’re vastly different, both on the outside, and on the inside.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro & Sony Xperia 5 V, respectively
– Screen size (main):
6.1-inch LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED display (120Hz, HDR10, 2,000 nits)
6.1-inch OLED display (120Hz, 1B colors, HDR10)
– Display resolution (main):
2556 x 1179
2520 x 1080
Apple A16 Bionic
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
128GB/256GB (UFS 3.1)
– Rear cameras:
48MP (wide, f/1.8 aperture, dual Pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS), 12MP (ultrawide, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, 1.4um pixel size), 12MP (telephoto, f/2.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom)
48MP (wide, f/1.9 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS), 12MP (ultrawide, f/2.2 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF)
– Front cameras:
12MP (f/1.9 aperture, OIS)
12MP (f/2.0 aperture, 1.25um pixel size)
20W wired, 15W MagSafe wirelss, 7.5W Qi wireless (charger not included)
30W wired, wireless, reverse wireless (charger not included)
– Dimensions (unfolded):
147.5 x 71.5 x 7.9mm
154 x 68 x 8.6mm
5G, LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C/Lightning, Bluetooth 5.3
3D facial scanning
Side-facing fingerprint scanner
iOS 16 (upgradable)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro vs Sony Xperia 5 V: Design
The moment you look at the two phones, you’ll notice massive differences. The iPhone 14 Pro is shorter and wider than the Sony Xperia 5 V. That’s due to a different aspect ratio, for the most part, as the Xperia 5 V has a tall and narrow 21:9 aspect ratio. The iPhone 14 Pro is also considerably heavier at 206 grams, compared to 182 grams of the Xperia 5 V. That’s mainly due to its stainless steel frame.
Apple’s handset has uniform bezels, and a pill-shaped cutout on the front. The Xperia 5 V doesn’t have any cutouts on the display, but its top and bottom bezels are a bit thicker than the side ones. Both phones do have flat displays, and flat sides. The Xperia 5 V is a bit more comfortable to hold, though, due to nicely chamfered edges and the fact it’s lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro.
On the back, the iPhone 14 Pro has its recognizable triple camera setup in the top-left corner. The Xperia 5 V has two cameras, which are also located in the top-left corner. That setup looks vastly different, though. Both smartphones are quite slippery, and both offer IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. The premium feel is present with both of them. Do note that using the two phones is considerably different, as they feel entirely different in the hand. The Xperia 5 V is considerably narrower and taller, while being lighter. Trying out both may be the best course of action.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro vs Sony Xperia 5 V: Display
The iPhone 14 Pro includes a 6.1-inch 2556 x 1179 LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED display. That is a flat display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support. Dolby Vision support is also included, and the panel goes all the way up to 2,000 nits of brightness at its peak. This display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and it is protected by the Ceramic Shield glass.
The Sony Xperia 5 V, on the flip side, includes a 6.1-inch 2520 x 1080 OLED panel. That display is flat, and has a 120Hz refresh rate. It can project up to 1 billion colors, and supports HDR10 content too. The display aspect ratio here is 21:9, while the panel is protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus 2.
Now, both of these displays are great. They’re more than sharp enough, and provide you with vivid colors, and good viewing angles. The blacks are also deep on both displays. The iPhone 14 Pro’s display does have one advantage, though, its brightness. It does get brighter than the Xperia 5 V’s panel, even though that one is far from being dim. It’s something to consider if you’re out in direct sunlight often.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro vs Sony Xperia 5 V: Performance
The iPhone 14 Pro is fueled by the Apple A16 Bionic processor. It also includes 6GB of RAM, and NVMe storage. The Xperia 5 V ships with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC from Qualcomm, while it also includes 8GB of RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage. These phones have two of the most powerful mobile processors out in the market, and yes, both smartphones perform admirably.
Their software experiences are entirely different, but both offer outstanding performance. They’re both smooth at all times, and handle multitasking like champs. Even when it comes to gaming, there are no issues for either smartphone. Whatever you download from their respective app stores, these two smartphones will be able to handle. Even the most graphically intensive games are included in that estimate. So, no worries there.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro vs Sony Xperia 5 V: Battery
The iPhone 14 Pro includes a 3,200mAh battery, while the Xperia 5 V comes with a 5,000mAh unit. Apple’s iPhone handsets usually need considerably less juice than Android phones, which is why the difference is that noticeable. In regards to actual battery life, the Xperia 5 V does offer more, actually. Whereas the iPhone 14 Pro can cross the 7-hour screen-on-time mark, the Xperia 5 V goes above and beyond that.
Getting over 8 hours of screen-on-time, or for some people 9 hours is doable. It all depends on how you use your phone, and what apps you have on there, of course, in addition to your signal strength. So, do note that your mileage may vary when it comes to battery life, you may get entirely different results. One thing is for sure, both smartphones do offer good battery life, so there’s nothing to worry about here.
When it comes to charging, neither smartphone is particularly fast. The iPhone 14 Pro supports 20W wired, 15W MagSafe wireless, and 7.5W Qi wireless charging. The Xperia 5 V supports 30W wired, 15W wireless, and reverse wireless charging. One thing to note is that neither smartphone ships with a charger in the box, so you’ll need to get a compatible charger in order to keep them charged.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro vs Sony Xperia 5 V: Cameras
The iPhone 14 Pro has three cameras on the back. A 48-megapixel main camera (f/1.8 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS) is backed by a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera (120-degree FoV), and a 12-megapixel telephoto unit (3x optical zoom). The Sony Xperia 5 V has a 48-megapixel main camera (f/1.9 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, OIS), and a 12-megapixel ultrawide unit, so two cameras.
The images these two phones provide are a bit different, though both smartphones do a good job. The ones from the iPhone are closer to what you’d actually see, while the processing is a bit more aggressive on the ZenFone 10. The iPhone 14 Pro usually tends to retain a bit more detail when you pixel peep, but the ZenFone 10 will basically never blow up the highlights, unlike the iPhone 14 Pro. That’s something the phone still struggles with from time to time.
When it comes to low light images, the iPhone 14 Pro does a slightly better job overall. It manages to pull a bit more detail in such situations, especially from the shadows. It also tends to be faster when capturing low light images. Both ultrawide cameras are good in regular lighting, but we’d advise using main cameras in low light. The iPhone 14 Pro wins in the telephoto department, of course.
Both of these smartphones come with a set of stereo speakers. Those speakers are good on both smartphones, and actually almost equally loud. They provide pleasant, well-balanced sound, well, unless you’re a real stickler for details, of course. All in all, the speakers are quite good.
The ZenFone 10 even comes with an audio jack, which is not something we see often on smartphones, let alone high-end ones. If you prefer wireless audio, you’ll be glad to hear that both devices support Bluetooth 5.3.