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4
Aug

Sony’s RX100 IV is still the point-and-shoot to beat


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Does the world need another point-and-shoot camera? Sony seems to think so. Despite an influx of smartphones that have put sophisticated imaging features in people’s pockets, the company is still keen on improving its flagship compact shooter, the RX100. The latest model, introduced last month, looks to match the accomplishments of those that came before it: being the best point-and-shoot on the market. This time around, though, Sony’s RX100 IV comes with a higher price tag: It’s now $950, up from $800 on the last-gen model. But you get what you pay for, meaning a mix of top-of-the-line specs with a slim body that can fit in even the skinniest of jeans.Slideshow-308840

The RX100 IV packs a 20.1-megapixel, 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor alongside a BIONZ X image processor and Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm (f/1.8-2.8) wide-angle lens. You’ll also find a 3-inch, high-resolution tilting LCD and an itty-bitty OLED electronic viewfinder that pops up and slides out whenever you need it. Keep in mind that’s all wrapped in a package weighing a mere 10.5 ounces, or roughly 300 grams. That said, the most notable highlights are these: Sony’s new camera now shoots 4K (3,840 x 2,160) at 30, 25 and 24 fps (albeit with a five-minute limit), while frames-per-second rates of up to 1,000 will let you record super-slow-motion videos. Rounding things up are a max ISO range of 25,600, shutter speeds as quick as 1/32,000th of a second and a 16 fps continuous shooting mode.

Yes, the specs look fantastic, but how does this fare in everyday use? As you would expect, the RX100 IV performs like a champ. The pictures and videos it captures are sharp and vivid, without ever seeming over-processed or compressed. Naturally, the best things about the device are its small form factor and ergonomics; there’s not another similar-sized camera that can match the RX100 IV’s image quality or that includes features like a tiny EVF. For a point-and-shoot, it handles low-light situations well too, though that’s not to say it doesn’t struggle now and then. If you push it to its limits during night shoots, you’ll start noticing some of the usual grain, pixelation and blurriness, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. For the most part, I was impressed with how the RX100 IV was able to match cameras with bigger sensors — even Micro Four Thirds models from Panasonic and Olympus.

Since it is a point-and-shoot after all, I also wanted to test the RX100 IV in full-auto mode, and I can’t complain about the results. I wanted to take it out of my back pocket and, with one hand, turn it on, aim at the subject, focus and then hit the shutter. It’s not the most scientific of tests, but nine out of 10 shots came out looking good enough that I would feel comfortable sharing them and, you know, not deleting them instantly. The same goes for videos, which is one of the reasons this camera’s become so popular among YouTubers. It’s the perfect capture device for “vlogging” (ugh), especially now that it does both 4K and slow-motion videos. And that right there is who this pocket-sized shooter is geared toward: people who need something portable that’s still capable of producing high-quality content.

Sony’s RX100 has been the point-and-shoot to beat since it was first introduced in 2012. The fourth-generation model builds upon that success and tops everything its predecessors have offered. Sure, it’s more expensive than ever, but $950 is a fair price to pay to feel safe leaving your heavy full-frame camera behind on a trip or two.Slideshow-308841

To view full-resolution sample images shot with the Sony RX100 IV, click here.

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4
Aug

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact spotted in leaked image


Whilst the Sony Xperia Z4 wasn’t the upgrade many wanted from the Xperia Z3, the Z5 may be a different story all together. Perhaps Sony knew the Z4 was’t the upgrade everyone wanted since it never made it out of their home country, but new leaks could show what the Xperia Z5 has in store.

Coming courtesy of @vizileaks, the leaks show three devices – an iPhone 5S wedged between what are referred to as the “Sony Xperia Z(TBC) and Compact” to give an indication of the size. Sure, the number preceding the ‘Z’ isn’t guaranteed, but it’s more than likely going to be 5.

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Other than the picture, the leak didn’t reveal too much else in the way of specifications but as far as exterior design goes, the Xperia Z5 seems to follow the same design that we’ve become accustom to with the Xperia range. The power button does appear to have been elongated and this could be to facilitate the fingerprint reader the graphic on the display clearly suggests the device is capable of.

Sony’s IFA press conference is scheduled to take place on September 2, 2015, so it could be a perfect opportunity for the devices to launch.

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4
Aug

Video: Xperia Z4 Tablet sports Qualcomm tech for a more responsive wet display


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Water resistant smartphones are pretty neat, especially if you are a little accident prone like myself. However, it is still rather frustrating when a little splash brings your phone’s touchscreen to its knees. Sony is pretty keen on waterproofing its devices and its latest Xperia Z4 Tablet makes use of Qualcomm’s improveTouch technology for a more responsive screen when wet.

Qualcomm is a little shy about telling us exactly how it works, but improveTouch is apparently an algorithm based solution that uses the tablet’s processor to establish a difference between actual finger touches and traces of water on the display.

Qualcomm calls this “advanced water rejection”, which aims to eliminate false touches from water, thereby improving the accuracy of your actual gestures on a wet display. It works with multi-touch too, so pinch and swipe gestures continue to register pretty well. The video below shows us the tech in action.

In typical Qualcomm fashion, the company has integrated this technology into its Snapdragon line-up of processors, meaning that a smartphone or tablet manufacturer doesn’t have to purchase and implement an additional microcontroller to oversee this type of touch control.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet makes use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC, which suggests that other devices could also implement this improveTouch technology, presumably providing that the display hardware is also compatible.

Pretty cool right? Is water resistance still high on your list of priority smartphone features?

4
Aug

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact show up in leaked image, fingerprint reader on board


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The Sony Xperia Z4 proved to be nothing more than a minimal upgrade over the Z3, which is something that caused an uproar among fans. The Japanese manufacturer sure had its reasons for doing this, though, and that is why the phone was never released outside the company’s home country. Now it’s time for the rest of us to see a new Xperia phone hit the market – what will it be like? Today we may be getting our first glance at the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact.

The image below comes from @vizileaks and displays a trio of devices. The middle one is only included for size reference; as you can assume, it’s the iPhone 6. Now, the other two are said to be the next-generation Sony Xperia Z series handsets. The leakster labels them as the “Sony Xperia Z(TBC) and Compact”. The number is “to be confirmed”, but we have seen advertising show the number “5” recently. Regardless of the moniker, these should be the phones we see next, and that is the big deal here.

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Sadly, this leak didn’t reveal too much about the new smartphones, other than some obvious design elements. It seems the power button has been elongated (we have seen this in previous rumors), as opposed to keeping that round shape we have become so used to. The right side also houses the volume rocker and dedicated camera button, which is the same layout we have seen in previous iterations.

The only main improvement we can get from this photo is the addition of a fingerprint reader. We can’t exactly see where the reader is located, but the image shown in the Compact seems to indicate it’s in the power button. Regardless, the functionality is there.

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This leak comes in only about a month before Sony’s IFA press conference, which is scheduled to take place on September 2nd. We can’t really say the phones will be launched then, but it would be a great time for Sony to introduce its new flagship smartphones (this time for real). Sony is forecasting a 7.1% drop in mobile sales this year, compared to 2014. Something’s gotta give, and now that most 2015 flagships are out, Sony has an idea of how the market is going and could leverage from that knowledge.

Let’s keep it tuned to more rumor and leaks to come, guys. We are sure these will be showing up. In the meantime, hit the comments and let us know what you would like to see in the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact (or whatever they may be called).

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4
Aug

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact leak out showing fingerprint scanner functionality




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Fingerprint scanners are all the rage now, with basically every manufacturer jumping on the craze and putting one on their flagship devices. The jury’s still out about whether they work or not to increase your device’s security, but it seems to be a selling point at the very least. So it should be no surprise that it looks like Sony will be implementing a fingerprint scanner on their upcoming flagship devices, the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact. In the picture below, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact were spotted sitting next to an iPhone presumably to demonstrate the similar technology:

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 CompactWe can really only see the Xperia Z5 from this angle, but the size difference is clear between the closest device and the device on the far end, the Z5 Compact. What’s noteworthy about the Xperia Z5 is that the fingerprint scanner appears to be integrated with the power button – gone is the circular power button of previous Xperias. As a result, the volume buttons have shifted much further down than usual. Obviously, since neither of these devices have been announced, we’ll have to take this news with a grain of salt, but it all appears to be within the realm of definite possibility.


What do you think about the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact having a fingerprint scanner? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter and Phone Arena

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3
Aug

PlayStation Now game streaming officially arrives on Vita and PS TV


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If you’ve been itchin’ to give PlayStation Now’s streaming a go on your gaming handheld, the wait is over. The subscription service officially arrived on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, delivering access to over 125 games on those two devices. PlayStation Now had been available on the Vita and PlayStation TV in beta form for months, but now it’s making a proper debut after hitting the PS3 back in May. In addition to equipping two more gaming gadgets with the service, five new titles are being added this month. Joining the library of titles in August are Dynasty Warriors 8, MX vs. ATV Supercross, Bomberman Ultra, The Last Guy and, most importantly, God of War III. With new games being added on the regular and Sony offering newcomers a free one-week trial, there’s really now excuse for PlayStation owners to take the service for a test drive.

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3
Aug

Sony boosts the midrange, with the camera-focused Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5


Last week we got word that Sony had something to show us, focused on camera improvements for the Xperia line.  Today is the day, and Sony has revealed not one but two Xperia smartphones.  In short, we have above-midrange performers, aimed to appeal to either large or small smartphone lovers.

Xperia C5 Ultra

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Implied by the “Ultra” suffix, the Xperia C5 Ultra is the phablet offering of the pair.  It has a huge 6″ display to satisfy your large screen lust.  Imagery is the game here, and selfie-takers are not forgotten about.  The C5 Ultra has twin 13 megapixel front and rear cameras, both rocking Sony’s new Exmor RS sensor.

It is assumed that this is the IMX230 stacked sensor that Sony had been developing.  Interestingly, they are touting Hybrid Auto-Focus, when Sony previously only outlined the 192-point Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF) capability of the sensor.  We’ve seen Qualcomm discuss Hybrid AF in the past, which utilizes both PDAF and laser AF.  But Sony hasn’t indicated in their press release that they’re using a laser AF.

The rear and front cameras both use wide-angle lenses to fit more into the image, 25mm and 22mm, respectively.  The front camera includes an LED flash.  Both sensors are HDR capable and have image stabilization (Sony typically does software stabilization, not OIS).

Here’s what we know about the other specs:

  • Display:  6″ 1080P IPS LCD
  • SoC:  Octa-core processor at 1.7 GHz (the SoC manufacturer is not stated)
  • Memory:  2GB of RAM
  • Storage:  16GB on-board, up to 200GB microSD expansion
  • Battery:  2,930 mAh
  • OS:  Android 5.0 Lollipop

Bear in mind that this one is not water/dust-proof, for whatever reason.  But the C5 Ultra does include Sony’s 2-day battery life promise.  Design-wise, we have the same Sony story, but side bezels are significantly reduced.  We can see top and bottom speaker grills for a stereo audio experience.  There are 3 options for colors:  Black, white, or mint.

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Xperia M5

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Sony has been known to deliver with regard to compact phones (i.e. Xperia Z3 compact).  The new Xperia M5 is no exception, and is actually more powerful than the C5 Ultra.  We’re looking at a 5″ display.  And unlike the C5 Ultra, the M5 is waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68 ratings).

We also have a 13 MP selfie camera on the front, but the M5 increases the megapixel count on the rear camera to 21.5 MP.  Both camera sensors are also the Exmor RS, with Hybrid AF on the rear camera.  Sony says that the rear camera is capable of 5x Clear Image Zoom (assumed via software tricks) and the sensor has a f/2.2 aperture.

Other known specs:

  • Display:  5″ 1080P IPS LCD
  • SoC:  64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor at 2.0 GHz
  • Memory:  3GB of RAM
  • Storage:  16GB on-board, up to 200GB microSD expansion
  • Battery:  2,600 mAh
  • OS:  Android 5.0 Lollipop

The M5 will come in three flavors:  White, black, or gold.

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Sony’s decision to differentiate the specs of the C5 Ultra and M5 is strange to me, especially considering that the smaller variant is the more powerful one.  Why shouldn’t the C5 Ultra have the better rear camera, better processor, and water/dust-proofing?  Were these two phones worked on by different teams that didn’t talk to each other?

Another thought is that this announcement gives us a glimpse on what’s to come from the Xperia Z5.  It was rumored that the Z5 would have a 5.5″ display, so what Sony is doing here is lining themselves up to suit users of different screen sizes.  The Z5 will be smack in the middle, with the highest-end specs.  Most users fall in this 5.5″ sweet spot, while they’re not forgetting about those who want either a smaller or larger device.  This is a great move.

Now, let’s just hope Sony doesn’t continue to stray from the U.S. market.

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3
Aug

The biggest 3 challenges facing major Android OEM’s


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There’s a fair bit of doom and gloom in the smartphone market right now. Samsung just announced its fifth quarterly drop in profits in a row as mobile division profits fell 37.6% compared to last year. HTC is posting a net loss of more $250 million. Sony’s mobile division lost $184 million. Even an apparent success like LG only managed a 1% sales increase in mobile.

You may imagine the difference is being swallowed up by the big Chinese players, but Lenovo’s net profit fell, even as revenue rose. It says that Motorola, acquired from Google last year, is on course to be profitable again by the end of the year or early 2016. Huawei and Xiaomi have increased market share, but it’s not clear how profitable they actually are. We know that Xiaomi’s margins are tight.

What’s the problem here? We just saw a report stating that worldwide smartphone shipments are up 12% year-on-year for Q2 of 2015. Why isn’t everyone making money? There are three major hurdles that are tripping everyone up right now.

Falling prices

This is the statistic that’s hurting everyone the most. We talked about the race to the bottom before, but the fall in prices is extreme. The average selling price (ASP) of an Android smartphone has been dropping every year and it’s lower than ever now. It was $441 back in 2010, and it was just $254 last year. This year it will be lower.

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Margins are being squeezed. It’s impossible for manufacturers to make the same profit as before when the ASP is dropping, unless they can find some other way to cut costs. What has actually been happening is that costs have increased, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

How to differentiate

What makes one smartphone stand out over the others? Commoditization has led to a smartphone market where devices are broadly very similar, if not identical. Innovation has slowed to crawl, it may even be sliding backwards. What’s the last major feature that was added to a flagship smartphone that you had never seen before? Biometric security, waterproofing, a heart rate sensor? What we’re mostly seeing now is an incremental improvement on the last model, but in terms of feature set, we’re actually seeing some movement back the way – to reduce features.

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The other way that OEMs can get noticed is to spend on marketing, but it’s hugely expensive and it’s difficult to accurately measure the return. It’s also ridiculously easy to get it wrong and blow a chunk of cash on an ineffective campaign. It’s hard not to mention HTC here. A double whammy of terrible advertising and releasing almost the same exact flagship phone as the previous year seems to have hit the company hard.

Most of the major Android OEMs have also been guilty of releasing loads of different models that aren’t all that different. It’s confusing. It may also hurt the brand for someone like Samsung, trying to sell at the high end, if a customer’s first experience is of a budget, entry-level device that’s less than perfect. When they renew and want a better phone, they probably won’t choose Samsung. Is it worth the small profit on a budget device if you lose the customer when they trade up?

Rising costs

The falling ASP would be okay if the cost of making smartphones also kept dropping, but it isn’t. OEMs have been adding features to try and differentiate and it has increased the cost of every handset made. Samsung is the best example here because it kept trying to pack in more and more features. The Galaxy S5 cost $256 to produce. The Galaxy S4 cost $236 to produce. Yet they were sold at the same price.

A few manufacturers have moved to cut costs, or they’ve been forced to ignore certain new features in order to keep costs down. The move to make smartphones tougher, for example, by adding waterproofing, has been reversed by Samsung and ignored by others. Is it possible to make a superphone that’s feature-packed and still turn a healthy profit?

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While Samsung has been able to charge a premium for the S6 Edge, OnePlus had to cut features to meet a tight price envelope

The pace must be impacting here too. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was able to keep selling for years after release. As the numbers ramped up Samsung will surely have managed to cut the cost of production. If new phones never achieve the numbers then those costs won’t fall, but discounting still has to kick in as a phone ages or nobody will buy it – they’ll just buy one of the latest releases instead.

Why is Apple different?

The WSJ reported on the latest research report from Canaccord Genuity which suggested that Apple took 92% of the total smartphone industry profits last quarter, which is actually down from 93% the quarter before. Samsung took 15% of the profits, and that fact they don’t add up is because many others made a loss. Samsung sold 20 million more smartphones than Apple, and yet made a fraction of the profit.

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How is Apple doing it? If you look at our three major challenges, you can see how Apple is bucking every one of them. The ASP of an iPhone right now is $687. It’s heading towards three times the Android ASP. Apple stands out because it has a tiny all-premium range, runs its own exclusive platform, and has a strong brand. The cost of producing an iPhone 6, according to IHS, is around $200, just like the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5 before it.

Not bad for us

There’s something else important that’s worth remembering in all this. What’s good for OEMs isn’t necessarily what’s good for us. We want the best smartphones we can get at the lowest prices we can get them and that’s exactly where Android has been going. But it might not be able to go much further down that road.

There’s still room for premium brands and niche markets with special feature sets. There are still profits being made. But the days of flagships hurtling towards ever more impressive specs and features without a jump in cost are surely numbered.

3
Aug

Sony’s IFA 2015 Press Conference is on September 2nd


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Sony may have just announced its ‘super mid-range’ Xperia M5 and gargantuan C5 Ultra smartphones, but that doesn’t mean the Japanese electronics company is anywhere near finished updating its line-up of devices. While we believe that the Xperia Z5 will be unveiled at the IFA in Berlin next month, Sony has confirmed its presence at the trade show via a tweet sent by its Italian subsidiary.

According to the tweet, Sony will be holding a press conference at the IFA on September 2nd to announce ‘many new features.’ It’s thought that besides announcing its latest Xperia Z flagship, that Sony could also unveil a new smartwatch. Until then, it’s just a case of sitting back and waiting for the inevitable stream of leaks to appear. Besides the Xperia Z5, what would you like to see Sony unveil at the IFA next month?

 

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Via: XperiaBlog

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3
Aug

‘Super Mid-Range’ Sony Xperia M5 announced


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Following its leak last week, Sony has today announced the Xperia M5, the successor to the Xperia M4 Aqua which comes with a more impressive camera. The Xperia M5 has a 5-inch Full HD display, waterproof omnibalance design and a new 21.5MP Hybrid Autofocus camera. Sony is dubbing this handset as a ‘super mid-range’ phone, presumably in a bid to set it between the mid-range and the high-end flagship tiers.

The Xperia M5 key specs include:

  • Display: 5.0-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels, ~441 ppi density)
  • SoC: 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10, 2.0GHz octa-core processor
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 16GB plus microSD expansion slot
  • Main Camera: 21.5MP Hybrid autofocus camera, f/2.2 lens
  • Front Camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 2600 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Dimensions: 145 x 72 x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 142.5 grams

The dual cameras are the key unique features for Sony’s latest mid-range handset and – on paper, at least – they certainly could be, especially compared to other cameras in the mid-range market. The camera reportedly uses a hybrid autofocus system to allow the handset to focus in a quarter of a second and also offers f/2.2 aperture and up to 3200 ISO.  The 13MP front camera is what most phones usually have on the back but unlike the Xperia C5 Ultra that it was announced alongside, the Xperia M5 does not have a front selfie flash.

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The 64-bit octa-core Helio X10 should deliver in the performance department and is more than worthy of a mid-range handset while Sony claim that the modest 2600 mAh battery will keep the Xperia M5 ticking for two full days, although – as always – this is subjective to your actual usage.

Sony says the Xperia M5 will launch in emerging markets in the next few weeks and has yet to reveal how much it’ll cost and whether it will launch in western markets. On paper, the specs should appeal to most customers and Sony could gain by bringing this to developed markets at a reasonable price tag. The handset will be available in black, white and a blinging gold with actual availability likely to vary by market.

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London, 3rd August 2015 Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today reveals two new smartphones with the introduction of Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 to its impressive range of devices. Offering advances in camera, design, battery and performance, the products support Sony’s leadership in the smartphone market.

“We are pleased to present two new products that highlight Sony’s advances in camera technology,” said Tony McNulty, Vice-President, Value Category Business Management at Sony Mobile Communications. “We understand that camera capabilities are important to smartphone users, so we ensured that Sony’s existing camera brilliance was once again surpassed in the new Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 without compromising on other features across design and performance.”

Xperia C5 Ultra – the all new PROselfie smartphone with two 13-megapixel cameras and an innovative near borderless 6” Full HD display

Starting with the Xperia C3, Sony Mobile has been the front runner to address the digital native’s need with our PROselfie offering. Xperia C5 Ultra incorporates an industry first twin 13-megapixel front and rear camera, which offers stunning high-resolution imagery. Whether you’re shooting incredible scenery or taking a selfie with friends, your images are always captured in crystal clear quality. Both cameras include Sony’s leading Exmor RS™ sensor, HDR for picture and video, and an easy to use preset Auto scene recognition mode that analyses and adjusts settings automatically to give the perfect results every time.

Selfies are also enhanced with the integration of Sony’s enhanced Selfie Flash that supports the front camera and lightens up more of the frame to ensure every part of your photograph’s beauty is captured. The device’s 22mm wide-angle lens also means that you can fit more in the frame. Unleash your creativity with a host of Selfie camera applicationsthat are available to download.

Xperia C5 Ultra provides a high quality viewing experience, with its large display, complete with a super-thin bezel for a near borderless display. The large 6” Full HD display with IPS featuring Sony’s TV technology Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 lets you enjoy your videos and pictures in the finest detail. A one-handed operation mode is also available to help you easily use the device with options for both right-handed and left-handed users.

With an aluminium frame and three colour variations, including black, white and a glossy soft mint, Xperia C5 Ultra offers a premium design, whilst allowing you to showcase your individual style. Sleek, stylish and a comfortable fit in the hand, Xperia C5 Ultra feels as good as it looks.

Performance is assured thanks to the advanced 1.7 GHz 64 bit Octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and 4G network support for a fast user experience. With the reliable up to two-day battery life(1), and up to 7 hours 47 minutes(2) of video playback, you will never have to worry about losing power during important moments. What’s more, Ultra STAMINA Mode optimises battery usage further to ensure it is used most effectively.

Xperia M5 – Sony camera brilliance packed in a premium waterproof(3) design

Following Xperia M4 Aqua’s success in raising the bar and defining the “super mid-range” with its camera leadership, Xperia M5 has an even more impressive 21.5MP rear camera that lets you snap extraordinary moments like a pro. When you can’t get near enough to your subject, 5x Clear Image Zoom allows you to get close without losing any quality.

With the power to capture videos in 4K, Xperia M5 offers the quality and performance of a compact digital camera. The result is sharp, clear and bright footage every time.

Sony’s camera brilliance doesn’t end there – Xperia M5 has a powerful 13MP front-facing ‘selfie cam’, which also comes with integrated autofocus and Full-HD video recording, so you can take exquisite selfies to share with friends and family.

What’s more, a host of camera applications elevate your selfies to the next level – including Face in picture, AR mask and Style portrait.

Boasting a sharp, bright and vivid 5” Full HD display, your favourite Sony entertainment will really come to life. Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 gives you enhanced sharpness and contrast for immersive viewing, whilst IPS ensures excellent viewing at any angle and accurate colours from edge to edge.

Unique like our flagship devices, Xperia M5 is also waterproof and dust-tight(3), with a capless USB port for added convenience and easy charging. With a waterproof smartphone, you don’t need to worry if your device gets dirty, just rinse it off under the tap. It is also protected against accidental splashes, so you can use your Xperia M5 under the rain or shine, wherever you are.

For beauty and perfection in every direction, Xperia M5 features Sony’s distinctive design with the OmniBalance style in a sleek premium glass finish on both sides. It is also designed for durability with stainless steel corners to protect against bumps.

Xperia M5 integrates a large 2,600mAh battery offering up to two-days battery life(1), so you don’t have to worry about charging your phone every day. An impressive 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor powered by MediaTek Helio X10 with 3GB RAM provides amazing performance and speed to optimise your battery life. Meanwhile, ultra-fast smartphone connectivity is enabled with 4G, for quick downloading of audio and video content.

Both Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 also have an expandable memory with up to 200GB uSD card and the devices are available in both Single and Dual SIM variants. Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 will be available in selected countries across emerging markets from mid August.

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