Sony Xperia M5 announced: a "super mid-range" phone with 0.25-second hybrid autofocus


It is August 3 and just as it was teased last week, Sony today announced two new members to the Xperia family - the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5, pretty nice additions to its lineup. The M5, in particular, is touted as the "super mid-range" device and judging by its specs it could be a pretty well-bodied trooper, all things considered.

What makes the Xperia M5 a noteworthy device? Surprisingly many things, actually. The phone, which can be viewed as a successor to the Xperia M4 Aqua, comes with a 5-inch 1080p display and is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 chipset, a 2.0GHz octa-core silicon that is a member of MediaTek's top-end Helio X10 line. 

There's also 3GB of RAM on the Xperia M5, 16GB of native storage and a microSD card slot, and a 2,600mAh battery at the back to keep lights on. Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sony's Xperia UI atop are responsible for the software part of the device. Both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants of the Xperia M5 will be available. Oh, and did we say that it will support LTE in certain regions?


Undoubtedly, the highlight of the phone is its camera, a 21.5MP rear snapper that has an f/2.2 aperture and has a maximum light sensitivity of up to ISO 3200. The rear camera comes with a fast hybrid autofocus that is reportedly able to do its mojo in merely 250 milliseconds (that's pretty fast!). We also have 4K video capture on board. In the meantime, the front-facing snapper is also a pretty compelling one: Sony put a 13MP selfie shooter up front, which comes with autofocus and allows you to record 1080p videos on the go. 

The Xperia M5 is dust- and water-proof (IP65/IP68), but what's interesting is that its USB port is a capгless one - you won't need to close or open the protective flap when you need access to the port, which is a pretty convenient feature. 

Sadly, we know neither where the Xperia M5 will be sold nor its pricing, though the rumor mill claims it might cost roughly EUR 360 (~$395). The phone will be available in black, white, and gold, just as Sony teased last week. Do you like it?



source: Sony

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Xperia M5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 21.5 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio X10, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(12.18h 3G talk time)

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56 Comments

1. SonyXperiaZ3

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

If they will keep the price of the m4 aqua (239€) then im getting it.does it have stereo speakers?

8. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

No and No dont ask for too much this phone is perfect for the $350 - $400 price range

12. SonyXperiaZ3

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

At first it cost 300€ and that's about 350$.But after a month or 2 it'll go down and it will be a bargain.

15. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Price in USA is 400$ Price in Europe is 365€ Price in Britain (UK) is 255£ Price in India is 44,999 India Rupees Price in Canada is 525 Canadian Dollars Price in Australia is 550 Australian Dollars Price in Malaysia is 1530 Malaysian Ringgits Price in Sri Lanka is 53,550 Sri Lankan Rupees Price in Pakistan is 40,690 Pakistani Rupees

52. AnshulGumber

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Are you a fool Rs.44999 in Indian currency . Do you know if you convert that to USD so that would be more than $700 USD . If you don't know prices you shouldn;t be posting like that . It is priced at Rs.25000 that's less than $400 USD .

24. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Finally some good 5 inch phone that not cost a fortune.

11. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

No the speaker is at the bottom side of the phone just like M4 Aqua. http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-m5/features/#tabs

2. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

5 inch and 1080p looks great. I just hope the chipset doesn't suck.

4. SonyXperiaZ3

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

On the m9+ it scored 45000 on antutu and the specs are quite similar exept the screen on m9+ is 2k so performance should be quite decent

9. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

this beast of CPU and GPU combo can record fullHD video @480fps I guess that's not bad at all and hope Sony will be unlocking the option really soon

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AFAIK the ISP (Image Signal Processor) is responsible for processing video recording Not the CPU or GPU cores

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Not bad, the rear kinda reminds me of Oppo.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

For me, the same way around. When I see an Oppo, I instant mistaken it as an Xperia. I have to look twice to confirm.

5. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Better than z3+ and S6

30. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Not so sure of being better than S6. The S6 is a beast! I only regret of the removable battery and the micro sd slot. Everything else is more than fine for me.

43. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

For me the important factors will be battery life, audio/screen quality and performance. If it's good at those things it could be a killer phone especially at the low price. I personally would miss only the front facing camera and maybe built quality. But at 350-400€ it would be price/quality wise a much better option than all the high ends

6. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

It uses the Helio X10? This I am interested. Overall a good phone judinging from the specs and features, price it right as a mid ranger and it would be a keeper.

7. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Talking about the flagships killer Xperia M5 literally Xperia Z Series killer. And for anyone complaining about why the front facing camera is so big now you got the answer both M5 & C5 Ultra FFC has AF. The C5 Ultra maybe looks better than M5 but i'll take M5 at any given day over the C5. I hope the next Sony flagship comes with even more spectacular specs.

13. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Awesome mid-range phnoe. just dont price it to high

14. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

It's a bummer its not released with Android 5.1... Has much less buggy camera API. Other than that, this is most likely what I'll be getting to replace my aging xiaomi mi2s!

16. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Really surprised to see mediatek take a foothold and get recognition from manufacturers like Sony and htc. Guess the downfall of qualcomm this year was the breakthrough mediatek need to put up a good show.

25. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I guess that Sony is just trying to save some money, instead.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

More likely a cash thing

17. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

This is the real Sony flagship in 2015. Hatts off Sony.

19. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Definitely a step in the right direction for Sony if it is priced as rumored.

20. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

This 21mp camera is Exmor 230, right? Then it should be better the than one in Z3 and Z3+.

21. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

we don't know, actually, if they're using the old sensor or the new...

22. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

But the software is still the old one so it won't makes any big difference

26. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The new sensor is better (though we don't know how much better yet), so it should make a noticeable difference. What's more, we don't know if the camera software has been updated or not.

47. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

With phase detection technology, it is definitely IMX230

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