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Sony Impresses with Xperia M5

News by Luke Jones on Monday August 03, 2015.

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Xperia M5
Xperia M5

Sony revealed late last year that it would be changing its smartphone strategy to work on high end handsets. While that meant the Xperia Z flagship range, the company also planned to work on exciting new high end devices that fit into the mid-range. The now officially launched Xperia M5 fits that bill, as will the Xperia C5 Ultra when it launches next month. Back to the M5 for now as this seems a very impressive mid-range smartphone.

I have been particularly critical of Sony's recent design for its flagship line, deeming it too incremental although I cannot deny the overall premium quality. While it would be great to see Sony update the flagship smartphone in terms of aesthetics, it is hard to find any fault with the lower end Xperia M5. Simply put it looks stunning, the premium finish of the Xperia Z series looks better on a device that has no right boasting it... however subjective that opinion may be.

The Xperia M5 offers a solid high end spec sheet for a price that is thought to be just shy of $400 (Sony has not officially announced price or release regions/dates). However, this past week the scene has changed and what we expect from a $400 device may look more like a Moto X Style or OnePlus 2 (under $400). Sony devices can typically be found cheaper than their list price, but nevertheless can the Xperia M5 compete in a market that now has two flagship quality smartphones in its price band?

Xperia M5
Xperia M5

The answer is yes, because the M5 follows Motorola and OnePlus in offering plenty of bang for buck and is decked with some splendid specs. Before getting down to the details, it is worth mentioning that the Xperia M5 matches the Xperia Z3 flagship from last year and is close to the current Xperia Z3+. That?s an impressive feat and it only shows that Sony must have a new flagship lined up for IFA at the start of next month.

So, what about the raw data? Well, the Xperia M5 features a 5-inch 1080p Full HD screen, offering a smaller alternative to the mammoth Moto X Style and OnePlus 2. In terms of processor Sony has opted for 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 chipset, an octa-core silicon that runs at 2.0GHz and is part of MediaTek's flagship Helio X10 line. 3GB of RAM maintains the flagship performance, while the standard 16GB of native storage can be expanded with a micro SD card slot. Elsewhere there is 2,600 mAh juicer and Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sony's own UI on top.

The Japanese company is the leading name in smartphone camera technology, so to see the Xperia M5 bursting with hardware on this front is hardly a surprise. A 21.5MP rear lens sits on the back that has an f/2.2 aperture and has a maximum light sensitivity of up to ISO 3200. A hybrid autofocus means that the camera can snap in 250 milliseconds, which is very quick, while 4K video adds to the quality of the primary shooter. Not that the front facing lens is lacking; it is a 13 megapixel lens that could be set to be among the best selfie cameras on the market.

As this is Sony, the Xperia M5 is dust and waterproof to an IP65 level for the former and IP68 for the latter, meaning you can take your morning show with the handset.

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