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Sony Xperia M5 coming this month for 400 Euros

Sony Xperia M5 coming this month for 400 Euros
Sony Xperia M5 coming this month for 400 Euros
The 5-inch smartphone will offer FHD resolution, 21.5 MP rear camera, and protection against water and dust.

The successor to last year's Xperia M4 Aqua is coming for 400 Euros with Gold, Black, and White color options. Strangely, Sony is no longer branding it with the name "Aqua" and has omitted the word completely from the 2016 model. Nonetheless, the Xperia M5 will still feature protection against water and dust in accordance with IP65/68 standards.

Other upgrades include a MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 octa-core SoC, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 2600 mAh battery, Android 5.0, and 16 GB eMMC with MicroSD support. The main highlight will be its rear 21.5 MP camera with hybrid CDAF (contrast detection auto focus) and PDAF (phase detection auto focus) and a 13 MP front Exmor RS camera. LTE, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.1 are all supported as well.

Our existing review on the Xperia M4 Aqua shows it to be a good smartphone with a handful of pitfalls including high temperatures, average display quality, long charging times, and poor camera performance in dim environments. Hopefully the Xperia M5 will have resolved these issues with its new SoC, FHD display, and higher quality cameras.

Sony recently posted lower Xperia smartphone sales for its ending quarter as it refocuses on higher-end flagship models instead of budget offerings.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-02- 3 (Update: 2016-02- 3)