Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual : Selfie-Centric, Near-Borderless Phablet, Officially Announced!

It's official! Sony Mobile has just announced its handsome 2015 midrange phablet that's made for those who love to take selfies.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

And amazingly, all of the details that we disclosed in our early Sony Xperia C5 Ultra post turned out true and accurate. Kudos to XperiaBlog, really.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

As we've shared previously, the C-Series is Sony Xperia's line of smartphones for mid-level consumers who are planning to get a gorgeous smartphone with decent internal specs, good main camera, high-res selfie cam with front facing soft LED flash, and a large display putting the device well within the phablet category.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

As a 2015 release, Sony Xperia C5 Ultra builds upon all the strengths of its predecessors and takes the line to a higher level. Not only does it come with best selfie camera you'll find in the legendary Japanese company's current product catalogue but it also features a stunning new design as well as a good set of innards.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

According to Sony, "With front and back cameras that are equally powerful, Xperia C5 Ultra lets you share the full story – better than ever. Use the wide-angle front camera for more inclusive group shots. And snap sharper pics with Auto Scene Recognition and autofocus on both front and back. Now you can share the who, the where and the what you’re up to, in the clearest quality imaginable."

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

They added, "Our best selfie phone yet delivers sharper than ever selfies on the first take. Auto Scene Recognition ensures you always get the perfect shot and our unique Selfie Flash lights up more of the picture, for clearer selfies day or night. Backlight isn’t a problem either thanks to HDR. Hello, sunset selfies!"

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

The Xperia C5 Ultra sports a 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Exmor RS sensor for enhanced low light performance, HDR Mode, and Soft LED flash on both its front and back panels. It's one of the very few handsets out there that has a front cam which is equally as powerful as the one at the rear. In fact, this phablet's selfie shooter even has a 22mm wide-angle lens allowing it to capture more of the subject, his or her friends, as well as the background.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

The two powerhouse camera modules are brought to life by Sony's top-notch imaging software that comes with a variety of useful pre-set shooting modes, including Style Portrait - letting you add lighting effects to your selfies, AR Mask - that allows you to place a different face over your own face or others’ faces while you snap a selfie, group photo or video, all for fun, and Face-In - which lets you use both the front and back cameras of your Xperia device, overlaying the images in a number of unique ways.

As for the phablet stunning design, Sony shared that they managed to maximise the C5 Ultra's display without adding bulk to the device. With a wafer-thin bezel, the phablet is almost all screen. 'Together with a cool aluminum frame and an ever so slightly curved back with high-gloss finish, it’s a smartphone that feels as good as it looks.' And I agree. I think Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is one of the most good-looking handsets in this price category currently.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

Under the hood, 4G-enabled C5 Ultra runs its Xperia-UI-skinned Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with a 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6752 chipset incorporating eight ARM Cortex A53 CPUs and a Mali-T760 GPU, handles multitasking with 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of internal storage that users augment using the phone's microSD card expansion slot supporting up to 200GB. In terms of internal hardware, one downside - I would say - is that the device only has 2,930 mAh battery pack, which is quite small considering that the phablet has a massive 6-inch Full HD IPS display. But then, as I've noted, this is probably 'one of the compromises that Sony had to make to keep both the heft and price of the phablet low.'

There are two variants of the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra that are set to be launched globally within August to September 2015. One is a single SIM version and the other - which I prefer - is a Dual SIM Dual Standby model -- both of which support nanoSIM cards. As for the price, my guesstimate is Php 16,500 for the one SIM option and around Php 18,000 for the version with two SIM slots. Here's to hoping that Sony would consider the Philippines as key market for this release so we could get it ahead of other territories.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions164.2 x 79.6 x 8.2 mm
Weight 187 grams
Available Colors Black, White, Mint
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop with Xperia UI
Display 6.0 inches (~75.9% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 1920 pixels (~367 ppi pixel density), IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 10-Point Multi-Touch, Scratch-Resistant
Processor Octa Core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex A53 CPU, Mali-T760MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6752 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB ROM, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 200GB
Camera Back: 13 MegaPixels with Exmor RS sensor
Soft LED flash
Auto Scene Recognition
HDR for photos and videos
Video stabiliser for video

Front Selfie Cam: 13 MegaPixels with Exmor RS sensor
22 mm wide-angle lens
Soft LED Selfie Flash
Auto Scene Recognition
HDR for photos and videos
Video stabiliser for video
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for both front and back cameras
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, apt-X, HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
SIM Card Type Dual nanoSIM, Dual Standby
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2,930 mAh battery
Uptime Up to 2 days battery life with regular use, up to 7 hours HD video viewing, up to 74 hours music play
Value-Added Features Great pair of cameras, Selfie-centric camera module and software, Xperia UI, premium borderless design
Announcement Global: August 3, 2015
Availability August to September 2015
Price Price Guesstimate (Philippines): Php 16,500 (Single SIM) to Php 18,000 (Dual SIM)

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