News by Luke Jones on Thursday August 06, 2015.
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Sony impressed us earlier in the week with the spiffing Xperia M5, a handset with a humble price tag considering its flagship challenging specs. What about the Xperia C5 Ultra, the other device Sony announced this week, how does that measure up?Pretty well is the answer, it is a different concept to the M5 for sure, not boasting the same quality specs and costing a little more. However, Sony has traded that for a unique design (not that the elegant Xperia M5 is ugly or anything), a near bezel-less one in fact. The Xperia C5 Ultra is good looking and stands out from the crowd, and all-in-all is another stellar mid-range driver from Sony. The handset is a monster too, a huge 6-inch screen with 1080p Full HD resolution sits on the front. Thanks to that bezel-less landscape though, the C5 Ultra is not as massive as you might have assumed and maintains a good body to screen ratio. A 1.7GHz 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 processor runs with 2GB of RAM under the hood, while there is 16GB of storage that can be supplemented with a micro SD card. Other specs include a 2930mAh battery, while the Xperia C5 Ultra and indeed the Xperia M5 have small juicers on paper, Sony has proven it knows how to get the most out of batteries... the company's Xperia Z3+ has the best pack on the market. Android 5.0 Lollipop provides the software kicks, while a 13MP front and 13MP rear camera offer equal resolution on both sides of the device. And get this, this is one Sony device that is not waterproof, so don't get confused and drop it in the bath. Between the C5 Ultra and Xperia M5, Sony is really flexing its muscles with two immensely interesting smartphones that are both affordable considering what they offer. With beautiful designs and near flagship specs, we are now properly interested to see how good the Xperia Z5 flagship is when it launches at IFA on September 2. The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is launching August 14, but the company says it is only targeted for select emerging markets, so it may not even land in Western Europe or North America. If the Xperia M5 was Sony showing its chops with a true flagship worrying mid-ranger, the reasonably priced $425 C5 Ultra is the company showing its ability to create a broadly appealing device for upcoming markets. It is also worth remembering that Sony smartphones at all levels usually drop in price fairly quickly, so the C5 Ultra could be even more affordable running into the holidays.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.