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Sony strikes back with new Xperia smartphones

Joanna Tatum
August 3, 2015

With not one but two new Xperia smartphones announced today, Sony introduces more competition to the mid-range smartphone market.

The Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5 both boast advances in camera resolution, battery life, performance and overall design. For the first time, the C5 Ultra offers dual 13 megapixel cameras, meaning that selfies will be sharper and clearer than ever. The M5 takes it one step further by upgrading its rear camera to 21.5 megapixels, making it capable of recording 4k high-definition video.

“We understand that camera capabilities are important to smartphone users,” said Tom McNulty, Vice-President, Value Category Business Management at Sony Mobile Communications. “So we ensured that Sony’s existing camera brilliance was once again surpassed in the new Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 without compromising on other features across design and performance.”

Xperia C5 Ultra

With fast performance thanks to a 1.7GHz, 64 bit Octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the C5 Ultra is supported by a battery than lasts up to two days with standard usage and can handle nearly eight hours of video playback. It also comes equipped with Ultra STAMINA mode, which optimises power usage for maximum efficiency. 4G connectivity rounds out the phone for potentially ultra-fast downloads.

The C5 Ultra’s front and back 13 megapixel cameras are supported by Sony’s forward-facing Selfie Flash and a 22mm wide-angle lens. Auto scene recognition software allows the camera to automatically adjust to different settings, and downloadable Selfie applications give extra options for making memories.

Photos and videos can be viewed on the large 6” HD screen, and the thin bezel reduces the amount of blank space at the edges of the screen. The C5 Ultra comes with an aluminium frame and three colour options, including black, white, and glossy soft mint.

Xperia M5

With even more processing power than the C5 Ultra, the Xperia M5 clocks in with a 2GHz, 64 bit Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. Its 2,600 mAH battery can handle up to two days of average use, and its 4G connectivity means that it can handle fast downloads.

The M5’s 21.5 megapixel rear camera and autofocus enables users to take high-quality photos and videos, and the waterproof and dust-tight casing of the phone means that neither rain nor shine will stop it. Like the C5 Ultra, the M5 comes with a range of downloadable selfie apps.

With a 5” screen, IPS ensures that colours are sharp from edge to edge and from all angles. The M5 comes in Sony’s OmniBalance style, with stainless steel corners to protect the glass finish on both sides.

Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 will be available in selected countries across emerging markets from mid August.

For more on Sony, visit What Mobile’s dedicated Sony page.

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