Sony Xperia M5 is a beautiful upper mid- range smartphone that has been built with IP68 certification guaranteeing invincibility against dust and water submersion (up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes).
From this description, it becomes abundantly clear that it is a device that inherits all the pros of Sony Xperia M4 Aqua while bringing a lot more design and functional improvement to the overall product. Although it was launched in August of last year, it was only made available in selected markets since the Japanese manufacturer was interested in selling the M4 Aqua first before introducing its successor to the rest of the global market it operates in.
In terms of design, this is a 5- inch phone like its predecessor but the difference comes in the resolution since the M5 now sports Full HD display quality. The back is made out of strengthened glass and it is entirely flat. Curiously, the frame is constructed from plastic material while the rounded corners are metallic. Sony makes use of its omnibalance form factor to make the phone comfortable to hold in spite of its 142 g weight. The SIM slot as well as the memory card slot have been placed on the left hand side—hidden behind a plastic sleeve. On the right hand side, you will find the circular metallic power button and below it are the volume up and down buttons in the oval- shaped signature look. As is the case with most Sony smartphones, there is a dedicated camera button further down the right hand side.
Take note that there is no provision for a fingerprint sensor on the Xperia M5 which is one of its most conspicuous flaws. These days, most higher mid- rangers have this provision that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd at the bottom. In terms of connectivity though, it is great to see that Near Field Communication is supported. When it comes to the choice of color, we advocate for the gold version which is just sublime in appearance.
Sony Xperia M5 comes with a 21.2 megapixel hind camera and a 13 megapixel selfie snapper. Both take 4K and FHD video respectively making this a dream camera for amateur photography enthusiasts. Only the back camera reserves the services of an LED flash but the low- light imaging from the snappers is really good.
Inside the unibody, a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 processor presides over the workload thrown at the phone in terms of software operations. This system features a total of eight Cortex A53 cores which each having 2.0 GHz clocking speeds. 3 GB of RAM is at hand to offer substantial capacity for executing multiple tasks.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is the operating system for this mobile phone which is not the most current but should be able to upgrade. There is a case to be made about the amount of bloatware accompanying the OS. Some of the pre- installed software cannot be removed which means if they are useless to you, you will have to “bite it hard.”
A 2600 mAh non- user- replaceable battery is responsible for giving power to the phone when it is not plugged to a power source. This unit will keep you going for a day and a half assuming you are not the kind of intense user who is always playing a game here, browsing with Wi-Fi there and stringing endless playlists.
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||145 x 72 x 7.6 mm
|OS||Android OS, 5.0 Lollipop|
|Processor||2.0 GHz Octa-core Cortex A53
MediaTek MT6795 (Helio X10) chipset
|Internal storage||16 GB|
|External storage||Micro SD, up to 200 GB|
|Screen size||5.0 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD)|
|Pixel density||441 ppi|
|Screen type||IPS capacitive, 16M colors|
|SIM||Nano SIM, optional dual SIM|
|Speed||3G Up to 42.2 Mbps DL, 5.76 Mbps UL
LTE Up to 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
|Wi-Fi||DLNA, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct|
|Battery||2600 mAh Li-Ion
Standby time: Up to 28 days (2G), 27.3 days (3G)
Talk time: Up to 11.8 h (2G), 12.2 h (3G)
|Camera||Primary 21.2 MP Phase Detection AF
Secondary 13 MP, 1080p
|Others||IP68 (dust proof and water resistant), NFC|