News by Josh Dasey on Friday November 27, 2015.
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Sony's latest smartphones have been slowly trickling onto the U.S. market in recent week, of course virtually all in an unofficial capacity as Sony typically gives the United States the proverbial cold shoulder. Hot on the heels of the Xperia Z5 flagship range coming to several retailers is the Xperia C5 Ultra, a massive handset that was actually launched at the start of August.Amazon is the retailer currently offering the C5 Ultra, but be warned that you need to purchase the E5506 model, not the E5553. The E5553 variant is not compatible for LTE in the United States so should be avoided. When it launched the Xperia C5 Ultra cost $420, and while we like the device it was a bit pricey considering other smartphones for that general cost. However, Amazon is offering the smartphone for $329.99 unlocked, with it being compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States, but sadly not Verizon of Sprint.
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.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.