Hot on the heels of the announcement yesterday of the Xperia C5 Ultra, Sony’s announcing another release for the Australian market today — this time, it’s the Xperia M5. This time, the phone is a carrier exclusive, with the Xperia M5 available through Vodafone on the $40 plan for just $5 per month over 24 months.
Sony’s John Featherstone has highlighted the camera technology in the Xperia M5, recognising the importance of a high quality camera for mobile users. The Xperia M5 features a 21.5MP rear camera and 5x Clear Image Zoom to allow higher quality photos without the loss of quality usually associated with a digital zoom. The rear facing camera isn’t the only one with special tricks; the front facing camera is 13MP with auto-focus and Full-HD video recording, perfect for those who travel and do self-facing video footage.
With a design reminiscent of last year’s Xperia Z3, the Xperia M5 also incorporates some of this year’s Xperia Z5 design elements, including steel corners and a glass finish on front and back. The waterproofing is here too, with a cap-less USB port for ease of use. The battery at 2,600mAh is quoted at two days of battery life, but as with most Sony handsets, your mileage may vary.
The Xperia M5 is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 processor, a octa-core 2.0 GHz processor with 3GB of RAM, giving it flagship-like specs, without the flagship-like price.
Update: Sony does have the Xperia M5 listed on their website for an RRP of $599, which indicates the phone may be available in retail. We’ve asked Sony the question and we’ll come back to you soon.
We’ll bring you a full review in due course!