Sony launches “super mid-range” Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra with high-performance cameras
News of plans for Sony’s latest smartphone launch only arrived late last week, giving us the heads-up that an announcement was on its way. And while we didn’t have much to go on initially, short of hints that we were looking at some high-speed camera hardware, it didn’t take long for rumors to zero-in on a pair of handsets likely to take the spotlight: the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5. On Friday we got an early look at what to expect, as we saw those two leak in quite a bit of detail, revealing some detailed hardware specs. Today Sony finally makes its official, and it looks likes those leaks were right on point, as we see the manufacturer introduce the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5.
Just as anticipated, camera performance is a stand-out feature for both these handsets. For the Xperia M5, that means a high-res 21.5MP main sensor capable of capturing 4K video and offering high-speed 0.25-second hybrid autofocus, joined by a 13MP front-facer.
The M5 rocks a five-inch 1080p display, runs an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 SoC, and features Sony’s trademark waterproof construction. And while the battery’s only a 2600mAh component, Sony suggests that users can get up to two days of operation on a single charge. Details like 3GB of RAM (how’s that for a mid-ranger?) and support for microSD expansion round-out the package. The Xperia M5 measures 7.6mm thick and has a mass of 142.5 grams.
The Xperia C5 Ultra delivers what Sony calls a “PROselfie” camera experience, thanks to its dual 13MP Exmor RS sensors, front and back. Both cameras get their own LED flashes, and the wide-angle 22mm lens up front helps capture both you and your friends.
The phablet’s got a six-inch screen, though one with just a 1080p resolution. It runs a 1.7GHz octa-core SoC, has 2GB of RAM, and like the Xperia M5, Sony thinks you’ll be able to stretch the phone’s battery life out to two days – this time with the help of a 2930mAh cell. The C5 Ultra is 8.2mm thick, weighs 187g, and will be available in three color options.
Sales of both phones will begin sometime later this month, with initial availability in select emerging market.