Sony Rolls Out Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 Smartphones
Electronics giant Sony introduced two new smartphones today designed to capture the attention of selfie enthusiasts around the world. The Xperia M5 and the Xperia C5 Ultra (pictured) are both midrange smartphones that bet heavily on appealing to amateur photographers.
The M5 features a 21.5-megapixel main camera that is capable of capturing 4K video, while the C5 Ultra comes with both a front and rear 13-megapixel camera.
The C5 Ultra, which Sony is describing as a “PROselfie” smartphone, also sports a 6-inch HD display powered by the company’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 for watching high-definition videos. Meanwhile, a 22-millimeter wide-angle lens lets users capture a wider field of vision.
The phone comes in an aluminum frame and features Sony’s “Selfie Flash,” which the company said illuminates frames more evenly. It is powered by a 1.7 gigahertz, 64-bit eight-core processor that comes with 2 gigabytes of RAM. Sony said the new battery will support almost eight hours of video playback.
Targeting the 'Prosumer' Market
Both cameras include Sony’s Exmor RS sensor and HDR for both picture and video. The M5, however, has the added bonus of being waterproof and protected against dust. Although not foolproof (the phone’s ports and attached covers have to be securely closed), the additional durability may appeal to users looking to take their phones with them into more rugged environments.
In general, Sony seems to be targeting the M5 at the prosumer market -- people who consume and produce media -- loading it up with more advanced photographic features. Beyond the 21.5-MP camera, it also boasts a 5x zoom lens for shooting subjects from a distance. Like the C5 Ultra, it also sports a 13-MP rear-facing camera for taking selfie shots.
It also comes with integrated autofocus and full HD video recording. Sony has also loaded it up with a number of camera applications, including Face in Picture, AR Mask and Style Portrait.
The M5 may not be quite as good for watching videos as its C5 Ultra cousin, though. It has a smaller display, at only five inches, although it will come with the same Bravia engine and IPS display technology as the C5 Ultra.
Two Days of Battery Life
Xperia M5 also comes with a 2,600 mAh battery good for up to eight hours of video playback or two days of normal use. Like the C5 Ultra, it will also sport a 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor but will come with three gigabytes of RAM instead of two.
The two cameras are examples of handsets created within Sony’s “Omnibalance” design aesthetic. The cases feature stainless steel corners to protect the handsets from collisions.
Both the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 also feature expandable memory with up to 200 GB SD card support. Both devices are available in either single or dual SIM variants. The two phones are expected to be available in select countries starting in mid-August.