Sony announces Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra

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Early this morning Sony announced two new phones for emerging markets that are rather intriguing. The Xperia M5 is a “super mid-range” phone, while the C5 Ultra is a giant 6″ phablet with a non-existent side bezel. Both phones are intriguing in their own way and are apparently only arriving in “emerging markets” later in August.

The M5 sounds perfect for those that are not into the XL size phones that seem to be in style these days. The M5 features a 5-inch 1080p display, 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core 64-bit processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (plus 200GB SD card support), 2600mAh battery, Android 5.0 for apparently no good reason, IP65 and IP68 water/dust rating, and a new 21.5MP camera with 13 MP selfie shooter around front. The camera is apparently the main attraction here, featuring 4K video, 5x Clear Image Zoom, and lightning fast focus. Considering this is not a flagship, it is a bit odd that Sony is claiming the camera to be one of the best in the smartphone game. The M5 will be available in black, white, and gold.

The C5 Ultra is giant. This phone is definitely on the other end of the size spectrum-for those of you who feel the Nexus 6 is the perfect size. The C5 Ultra features a 6-inch 1080p display, 13MP front and rear cameras, 2930mAh battery, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (plus 200GB SD support), Android 5.0, and a 1.7GHz MediaTek MTK6752 octa-core 64-bit processor. The most interesting feature of this phone is the tiny side-bezel, it really doesn’t even appear to be there at all. The phone will arrive in white, black, and a nice green mint color. The phone is big, but thin at 8.2mm thick, maybe it won’t be too difficult to hold.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"