News by Luke Jones on Monday August 03, 2015.
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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?
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