Do you plan to buy any of Sony's new smartphones (Xperia M5, C5 Ultra, Z4v, Z3+, C4)?

Do you plan to buy any of Sony's new smartphones (Xperia M5, C5 Ultra, Z4v, Z3+, C4)?
In case you haven't noticed, in the last three months, Sony announced five new smartphones, culminating with the Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra that were introduced earlier this week.

Both the C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 should be launched later this month, bringing something that previous Sony handsets didn't offer. The C5 Ultra sports a massive, near bezel-less 6-inch 1080p display (possibly heralding a new design direction), while the Xperia M5 features a 21.5 MP rear camera with hybrid auto focus as fast as 0.25 seconds.

Another new handset that Sony recently announced (in June) is the Xperia Z4v. Notable for being Sony's first Quad HD smartphone, the Z4v will be soon available as a Verizon Wireless exclusive device.

Relatively similar to the Z4v, but thinner and with a 1080p screen instead of a Quad HD one, the Xperia Z3+ was announced in late May, and can already be bought in various markets for around $600.

Finally, the Xperia C4 - also announced in May - was Sony's first smartphone to feature a 13 MP front-facing camera (similar cameras are now found on the M5 and C5 Ultra), and is available for around $380.

Now that we've quickly reminded you of Sony's latest Xperias, let us know if you're planning to buy any of them (and, eventually, leave a comment to specify which one, and why you'd want to have it).

Do you plan to buy any of Sony's new smartphones?

Yes
57.95%
No
42.05%


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49 Comments

1. lbblock

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Sony has done a lot to improve their products, but they'd really benefit from a mindset of just being hellbent on building "expensive toys" which was their mantra in the 80s. If they can't compete on interesting high concept, wow factor or "look & feel" they'd just be a very good CCD manufacturer who can't fine-tune the software of any camera to save their asses, and they'd have preciously little chance of success.

6. Jesh00

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I agree on what you saying. They need to get their s**tt together and come up simple product line up with update designs. I wont buy any of the current or the rumored upcoming line of sony products and I am a BIG sony Fan!!!

9. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

This article is pointless - except in an attempt to coerce Sony into shuttering its smartphone division. We need Sony to stay in the smartphone industry for more overall competition and overall innovation (even though they've been a bit behind in that department).

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Me waiting for Z5...

21. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

same here but might as well buy M5 as my second phone

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Not that Sony is downright horrible, they just lack that oomph! factor..

15. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Agreed. There's no reason to get an Xperia over a Nexus or Galaxy. Its all about bang for your buck!

23. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Galaxy being a bang for buck?lol.

25. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Yes, there is. Waterproofing and digital noise cancellation. And decent design.

44. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Waterproofing, front firing stereo speakers, high res audio with noise cancelling, better design, sd card, better battery, etc. Although i must say AMOLED screen is the best in mobile right now.

3. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Too much bezel, and the xperia design is due for an update.

14. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 293; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

too much bezel? seriously? are you living under a rock or something? but the flagships definitely needs a new design or some what breath of fresh air

43. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Are you blind or what? Sony is definitely not having the best screen-to-body ratio on the market, but they are also definitely not the worst on the market, the only things that are bad are your blinded eyes and biased mind..... HTC M9 - 68.52% LG G3 - 75.22% LG G4 - 72.46% Sony Z3 - 71% Sony Z3C - 70.64% Sony Z3+ - 70.88% Samsung S6 - 70.48% Samsung Note4 - 74.39% iPhone 6 - 65.71% iPhone 6 plus - 67.91%

45. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I will admit Sony doesn't have the worst ratio, but you are comparing the z series to phones with physical home buttons and front speakers.

49. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Bitch you can't be pleased can you? They are still phones whether their buttons are on screen, capacitive, or physical or even invisible whatever! Screen to Body ratio are Screen To Body ratio regardless of whatever f**king buttons they have!

4. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

I'd buy M5 in a heart beat if Project Fi worked with it. I'm stuck with my Nexus 6 for now.

5. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

I think sony management is full of idiots.. Can't even manage to get their camera software right.. Hell even a one year old baby-steps Oneplus could do it... Instead of stuffing up more features in the phone by opting to less expensive chip sets, all they have to do is come up with a good all round phone with better camera and better looks...!!!

7. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

They take too long to update and the fact that every other manufacturer that uses their lenses gets the software done better than Sony is mind boggling. I will not be going back to Sony.

8. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

No. Because their service center in indonesia sucks

10. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Yep, just need to figure out wivh :P

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Definitely no, say no to Sony

12. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Hell no! They shouldn't rushing their xperia flagship release.

13. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

That M5, if the price is right.

16. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

No, tried Z3+ for few seconds in the Sony store yesterday and immediately left the store. I want the feeling when we first saw the Xperia Z, that "Wow" factor if you know what I mean.

18. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

i also did the same, i dont understand why they botherd with that phone at all.

19. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Sony flagships looks great, but I just hate the fact that Sony has done no changes in technology or innovation from the Z2, Z3, Z3+/4 and still selling it at a premium price. That's 3 generations of phones with no noticeable changes.... Sony needs to get their act together or else their mobile division will be another Vaio.

32. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

Eh, I'm tired of people bashing Sony while everyone else is doing the same, or even worse crap. Z2 was way too ahead of competition, Z3 truly didn't bring anything new except new design, better screen, speakers, wider camera angle... Z3+ brings flap-less microUSB port, specs bump, thinner casing etc. There are improvements, while between Galaxy S5 and S6 there are downgrades. Same goes for M8 and M9, and for G3 and G4. But apparently it's only Sony that had to be bashed. Also I don't have a time nor want to answer to everyone claiming that Xperia Zs' camera is bad - I own Z2 and while the Superior Auto tends to wash out colours, make them too cold and overexposed, manual mode just blows my mind away. imgur.com/HIMqh8x.jpg - SA imgur.com/gERHelW.jpg - manual

34. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

When I saw the sentence "new design" that's when I realized that I am probably replying to a kid that's just trying to defend his favourite brand. Anyway ill just make it short... Having curvey edges and speaker grills in different position is not a new design, just incremental changes. Better screen? same IPS LCD 1080p screen on all of them? better speakers? how so? can you tell the difference? and how much? Wider camera angle? are you serious lol... Flap-less microUSB port i would give credit to, but specs bump and thinner casing? wow your really trying too hard to make Sony look better. I agree the M8 and M9 was almost a downgrade... but the G4 and the S6 a downgrade? I could probably name 10 new things thats worth mentioning on the G4 and the S6. You love Sony so much that you probably think their phones are perfect... Fanboys like you need to stop lying to yourself and tell Sony to step up their game and improve their phones. If you dont tell them the negative, they will keep making the same phones with minimal changes. Sony's mobile division is losing money and going downhill, The only thing going for them is the Waterproof feature, but according to the average person, waterproof is not very important.

35. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

Well, that's a lot of informations about a person that you can get from a sentence, but most of the are wrong. Sony isn't my favourite brand, I'm just choosing the best offer on the market. It's the same incremental changes as are between any flagships generations currently. The only problem of Sony is a flagship half-a-year release cycle. What's wrong with IPS LCD? And there's nothing more annoying to me - and a lot of sane people - than saying that 1080p is something bad. There's absolutely no reason in putting higher resolutions on such a small screen. And the "VR" argument isn't enough. Speakers are louder and clearer, I had an opportunity to listen to both. Wider camera angle, it is an improvement, you cannot deny it. But as far as I know it came with some issues causing images to be slightly "bended" - or however it's professionally called, I'm not native in English so sorry. When it comes to thinner casing - I'm just putting here what typical person will be concerned about - positively. Because for me causing device to overheat and shrinking down the battery capacity is just plain stupid. G4 is larger than G3, still keeping the same 3Ah battery - that's ridiculous. It's still cheap plastic build, and the genuine cow leather - that's just disturbing, it's far from being premium. When it comes to S6 - they ditched waterproofing. Try Ice Bucket Challenge now against your older brother, Galaxy S6? I can't forget how Samsung was bragging and laughing at Apple because iPhone users are "wall-huggers" - now it's the same with Galaxy S6. Also - lack of microSD. These are HUGE downgrades and they are reflected in the sales. Now Note is going to get the same treatment as S line got, and once again sales will drop. I don't love Sony, but Z2 was the best flagship of 2014. Or it was the most "complete" one. Of course Sony is making o lot of mistakes - I'm still hoping for full manual support, but they aren't apparently rushing with that update if it will ever come. And believe me - waterproofing is way more important to average person than QHD or cow leather. Sony issues with poor sales are caused because of the availability on US market. If they can somehow fix it, they condition will start getting better. Living in central Europe I can see a lot of people using Sony now, while even a year ago - it was Samsung everywhere. Not to mention the most important thing to me or average person - almost stock android. It won't get laggy and ugly as any other OEM skin would eventually get (maybe except HTC's one) Oh, I can continue this but I'm curious of your response. Cheers!

37. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Don't bother with that troll... You comments are spot on. I own the Z3 Compact and I have the same experience with mine... even though Superior Auto tend to give colder images, Manual mode is incredible... In terms of image definition, the Galaxy S6 has a better camera... but Xperias tend to be a more complete package... I was recently vacationing on Europe for a month and I noticed too how Sony's devices were growing in popularity, specially in Spain... what I didn't understand is that I never got to see a dedicated Sony Store... and network carriers had on display mostly non-Sony devices so it was really weird... Hopefully Sony delivers something that really impresses but the half year cycle does hurt sales because people do not get a chance to build up the hype... and the improvement SEEMS smaller than what they are if you compare them on a year basis. Thats why I love the Compact series (and because of their size of course)... the change is noticeable between those handsets... ZR -> Z1C -> Z3C ... hopefully the Z5C won't disappoint.

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