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Sony XPERIA C5 Ultra and M5 make their official debut

Sony has just officially unveiled the Sony XPERIA C5 Ultra and the Sony XPERIA M5 – two new mid-rage smartphones.

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Press release:

Sony Mobile continues its innovation in imaging with the introduction of two best in class super mid-range smartphones

 

  • Sony Mobile reveals two new smartphones with the introduction of Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 to its impressive range of devices.
  • Xperia C5 Ultra incorporates an industry first twin 13-megapixel front and rear camera packed with the same technology, which offers stunning high-resolution imagery.
  • Xperia M5 has an impressive 21.5MP main camera, which comes with fast and accurate Hybrid AF, 5X Clear Image Zoom and 4K Video.

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 smartphonewith 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 applications that 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 an industry-first 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.

According to Sony, the two “will be available in selected countries across emerging markets from mid August.” So we’re not sure if the two will be available in the UK.

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

Sony XPERIA Z5 rumoured to come packed with Snapdragon 820, 4 GB of RAM, and 4500 mAh battery – to be announced in September?

Disappointed the Japanese-exclusive XPERIA Z4 and its international counterpart the XPERIA Z3 Plus do not come with specs rival flagships have to offer? If a new report is to be believed, you should forget about the XPERIA Z4 and the XPERIA Z3 Plus, and start looking forward to the XPERIA Z5.

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The news comes to us from Technodify. It reports that the Sony XPERIA Z5 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, and a massive 4,500 mAh battery to keep everything going for a very long time. Sadly, the device’s screen size and resolution were not mentioned. As for the smartphone’s camera, it is said to sport Sony’s latest 21-megapixel Sony Exmor RS IMX230 CMOS sensor, which supports 4K video recording and HDR capabilities.

Sadly, it doesn’t mention if the XPERIA Z5 will be constructed out of metal or not, but a report back in April leaked an alleged image of the device, showing a metal-clad device sporting the new Type-C USB port.

The new report adds that Sony is planning to lift the lid on the XPERIA Z5 in September.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this information with a pinch of salt.

Want to know more about the rumoured Sony XPERIA Z5? Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

Global Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus launch beggins

Despite the overheating issues of the XPERIA Z3 Plus, caused by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU, Sony has went ahead and launched the smartphone globally.

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Sony announced:

Xperia Z3+, the latest premium addition to the Xperia Z3 series starts global rollout.

Last month we introduced you to the latest addition to our Xperia family, Xperia Z3+, a slim, sleek and stylish flagship device that packs premium design with standout features.

Well, today we’re pleased to announce that Xperia Z3+ will start rolling out globally from this week – meaning you can get your hands on your own device pretty soon.

For those that need a recap, Xperia Z3+ boasts powerful performance, superior camera capabilities, 2-day battery innovation and at just 6.9 mm and 144 grams, the waterproof and dust-tight (IP65/68)¹ flagship’s design is slimmer and lighter than ever before.

The improved device integrates the best in Sony’s camera and screen expertise. This includes an improved ultra-bright 5.2” Full HD smart adaptive display, which when combined with High-Res audio and PlayStation®4 gaming technologies delivers entertainment experiences like none other before.

Tried and tested by some excellent previews, Xperia Z3+ follows in the footsteps of its predecessor Xperia Z3 – taking our best Android smartphone and making it even better with improved capabilities across the board.

For more information, check out the press release here, or visit the Sony website and for details around price and availability locally please check with your operators.

We advise you to not buy the Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus until Sony rolls out an update that fixes the overheating issues of the smartphone.

Planning to get your hands on the Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus, or are you holding off on buying the smartphone until Sony releases an update to fix the smartphone’s overheating problems. Let us know through a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus comes with tacky screen protector

Units of the Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus purchased in Europe are beginning to reach their owners. New owners of the handset have noticed that the device comes with a screen protector out of the box. This, however, isn’t a good thing, as the stock screen protector makes the new smartphone look and feel tacky, you means you’re better off peeling the thing off and replacing it with something better.

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The Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus’ user manual advises against removing the screen protector:

At purchase, there are two sheets of plastic film on the front of your device. You can peel off the outer sheet of film when you start using the device. It is not recommended to peel off the second sheet of film as it protects your screen from damage and scratching.

 

Android Central, however, says, “But here’s the thing: The factory-fitted screen protector is just bad — really bad. In addition to feeling like the very chintziest of chintzy plastic, it has basically no oleophobic qualities whatsoever. The second you start touching or swiping, it’s fingerprint city. It’s also notably more reflective than the glass underneath, making it harder to see in daylight.”

Have you peeled off that rather tacky screen protector of the Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus? Let us know through a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

Global launch of Sony XPERIA C4 begins

Sony announced that “the world’s best selfie smartphone,” the Sony XPERIA C4, is now beginning to ship around the world.

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Sony announced:

Xperia C4, the world’s best selfie smartphone is shipping just about now.

You may remember last month when we announced our first Octa-core smartphone, the PROselfie® monster that is XperiaTM C4.

Following some brilliant previews and a great deal of anticipation from our fans, we’re happy to announce that Xperia C4 will begin rolling out to shops this week. Whilst it will be initially restricted to the Asia-Pacific region we expect the global roll-out to be complete within the coming weeks.

By means of a recap – Xperia C4 is a large, Full HD screen smartphone with fantastic performance and battery life, featuring smart Sony camera tech design to help you snap the best selfies around.

It’s not just us that says so – Xperia C4, alongside its dual SIM alter ego, (Xperia C4 Dual) – is independently recognised as The World’s Best Selfie Smartphone*. It was tested against the competition in 6 different selfie situations (including outdoor, backlight, night time etc…), and we were pleased to see that Xperia C4 came out on top in every single scenario. Check out the full test report here.

What is not fully described in the report though is how Xperia C4 helps you to become a true master of the selfie. Inside the over-performing 5MP front camera you get smart apps for fun group pictures and original auto-portraits; It’s all designed to give you “selfie confidence”.

In addition to its 5Mp wide-angle front-facing camera, Xperia C4 packs a 13Mp rear camera with Superior auto and Sony’s smartest camera apps. HDR for challenging backlit situations combines with SteadyShotTM anti-shake technology and a softer, more flattering LED flash to create one of the most versatile smartphone cameras in our range, and the whole thing comes at a competitive mid-range price point.

Or as Tony McNulty, the guy in charge of our value range put it: “Xperia C4 caters to consumers that want a smartphone that not only takes great photos, but also packs a punch. Benefiting from Sony’s camera expertise, the 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens lets you capture perfect selfies, while its quality display and performance features provide an all-round advanced smartphone experience.”

For more information, check out the press release here, or visit the Sony website and for details around price and availability locally please check with your operators.

Phones LTD will let you know once the Sony XPERIA C4 is available in the UK.