Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is official: 6-inch phablet snaps 13MP selfies


As rumored and expected, Sony announced a couple of brand new smartphones today, and one of them was the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra. What we have on our hands is an Android-powered phablet device, as indicated by its name, and one made for snapping pretty selfies. The otherwise mid-range phone also stands out with an almost bezel-less design and a slender, 8.2-millimeter profile. But there's more to like about the Xperia C5 Ultra.

The phone's front is occupied by a large, 6-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. By trimming the side bezels as much as possible, Sony has managed to achieve a width of 79.6 millimeters for the Xperia C5 Ultra, which we hope will make it not so difficult to grasp. Unfortunately, features like water resistance and stereo speakers are not listed in the device's specs sheet. Black, white, and mint green are the three colors the Xperia C5 Ultra comes in.

We have Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, and on top of Google's software we see Sony's well-known custom Android skin. One of the additions to the software is the so-called mini mode, which shrinks the UI down to 4 inches for improved single-handed use. This mode is activated by sliding a finger diagonally. 

On the hardware side of things, we find a 64-bit, octa-core MediaTek SoC inside the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra. The MTK6752 is the chip in use, with a 1.7GHz maximum clock speed, an ARM Mali760 MP2 GPU maxing out at 700 MHz. 2 GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage have also been thrown in, along with a microSD card slot that accepts cards of up to 200GB. 

But one of the most exciting features of the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra are its cameras. We said "cameras" because both the front and the rear one seem to pack plenty of potential. On the front of the C5 Ultra resides a 13MP autofocus Exmor RS camera with a 22 mm focal length and an 88 degree field of view. In plain words, you'll be able to effortlessly fit a whole bunch of people into the frame and capture a photo in great clarity. On top of that, you get a soft LED flash at the front to illuminate those darker selfies.  

As for the Xperia C5 Ultra's main camera, it has the same 13MP of resolution, Exmor RS sensor, and a soft LED flash. The focal length and viewing angle, however, are slightly different, at 25 mm and 80 degrees respectively. Neither of the two cameras feature optical image stabilization. They both rely on software to keep the frame steady.  

You'd expect a phone of this size to have a massive battery inside it, but that's not exactly the case with the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra. Its non-removable battery cell has a capacity of 2930mAh, which is exactly what the smaller Xperia Z3+ has at its disposal. Nevertheless, Sony is promising up to 2 days of mixed usage on a single charge. Sony's own Stamina mode is available and prolongs the phone's stand-by time when activated.

The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra will be available in selected countries across emerging markets from mid-August. Both single- and dual-SIM variants of the phone will be released.


source: Sony

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Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Display 6.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    13 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2930 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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37 Comments

40. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Hey Guys! If you want a great selfie phone and packs a great processor and graphics, HTC Desire Eye is here for you :D

37. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Mali 760 mp2? kinda weak GPU.

36. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

That upper bezel is really huge. The Mate 7 is 157mm tall, the Nexus 6 is 159.2mm and this one 164.2mm.

25. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I don't like the camera Sony (just out of mobile RX100, I 've one), but I must admit ... this phone is gorgeous !!!

34. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have the QX-100 and it is more practical to have a Z3C + QX than to have a CameraPhone all the time such as the Galaxy Zoom or whatever...

35. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

My RX100 is always with me, no chance to any cameraphone. To take a QX-100 I prefer my RX100.

38. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well yeah the RX is better, in fact the QX has no advantages over the RX, not even the size.... but the QX covers my photography needs just perfectly... though most of the time I actually use my phone's camera, the QX takes the spotlight in parties, vacation, gatherings and such.

23. stijnvbrummelen

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

That awfull selfie camera. It ruins the design in my opinion. BEH

22. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It should be a standard feature by now for all phones with 5.5" screen and above to have a double tap to wake feature.

13. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

A 6 inch sized phone with but they couldn't fit more than a 2930 battery?

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

of course they can, they even put 3100mAh inside Z3+ maybe they just dont want to do it :-/

17. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yup. You're right. If they increases the battery size the price is very likely to increase as wel

29. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The z3+ has 2930 mAh not 3100 mAh

8. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

As usual this phone wil be priced ridiculously in India way about most mid range phones

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Another phablet. I'm out But this is really interesting. Why every OEM tries to copy a little bit of iPhone, it can be design, some features or whatever, but why the hell no one wants to copy the compact form factor??? Maybe this is the case why Apple sell so many phones and yet nobody takes into consideration that there an awful lot of people who are craving for great phone under 5 inches.

10. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Ever heard of Xperia Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact?

26. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yep, I heard, in fact I owned Z3C for about 4 months and switched to 4S. It's size is great, but many things including camera, screen, locked bootloader made me switch. I'm really waiting for Z5C, seems like the only Android I might be interested in

32. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

why would a locked bootloader bother you If you jumped to an iphone right after? but everything else you said was subjective so no qualms about that.

33. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually I've tested the camera on my Z3C extensively and, unless you use it strictly in Superior Auto, the camera is one of the best when you know what you are doing..... The screen is actually very good when you get used to the cold tones, and if not you can set the white balance to something warmer... It has one of the fastest touch response beating all the iphones and at that time only beated by the HTC One M8.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no one wants to copy the compact form factor? u mean those 3.5inch back then? because most people love bigger screen, thats why apple follow android path by increasing their screen size (but their screen-to-body ratio still suck) and android still have lots of sub 5inch screen with great spec.. and maybe thats why apple only have 17.9% global smartphone marketshare, they need to copy even more feature from android to keep up :-/

15. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

As far as I know Apple never makes a compact phones because iPhone has more bezels than most phones. If Sony tries to copy a little bit of iPhone C5 Ultra will looks like 6.5" or even 7" phone. Go to Google search and type Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Ray, Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact. 1. American product. 2. Many famous and wealthy people who buy them. 3. Solid ecosystem. That is all the reason why Apple sell so many phones even when they make a 4.7" phone with the size of 5" phone.

27. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

5 & 5S were compact, I really don't care that much about bezels if they have purpose, Sony finally got it right, but look at HTC and their ridiculously big black bar. I have many friends that either sticked to iP5 and 5S or switched to some mid range Android because they didn't want to have pan instead of a phone

31. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

You said "no one wants to copy the compact form factor???" when most other OEMs already making the mini version of their flagship long time ago before Apple (i believe from all major OEM Nokia was the first correct me if i'm wrong). Lol... don't look at HTC if you looking for compact smartphone look no other than Z3C or Alpha because both of them has compact form factor and flagship specs. And if i'm not mistaken in the same time frame Apple sold more iPhone 6 series than iPhone 5 series.

6. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Wow i wish they swapped the C5's front camera for the C4's and call this thing the T5 Ultra that would be a better strategy IMO be cause the C4 was just released a few months ago the M5 on the other hand, is an interesting device and can lure in non-Xperia users more easily, thus no need to panic

4. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

bezel trolls inbound

3. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

please Get the pricing right sony, and i will buy this. I have been waiting for a bigger xperie device, only bad thing is no ip .

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You asked for zero bezels, now Sony gave it to you. Still there will be violent reactions.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

To be fair the top/bottom bezels are quite big, which many won't like considering its 6" 164.2 x 79.6 mm - C5 Ultra 159.26 x 82.98 mm - Nexus 6 C5 Ultra is 5mm taller, but 3.4mm less wide But still a great design from Sony Especially since the C5 Ultra has a 13MP front camera and probably better front facing stereo speakers than the Nexus 6

12. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

"Unfortunately, features like water resistance and stereo speakers are not listed in the device's specs sheet" From the article, in case you haven't reached this part yet

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Oops, I mixed it up with the Xperia M5

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