The Sony Xperia M5 is almost as good at the Xperia Z5 which we reviewed a while back. It is mid-range device with powerful internals, which could almost match a few device on the market today. It is cheaper than the Z5, but does that make it a seller?

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Sony Xperia M5 Tech-Specs

Display  5.0-inches (1080×1920)
Battery  2600 mAh
Storage 16Gb MicroSD Support
Waterproof Yes IP68
CPU  Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
Memory  3GB
OS Android OS 5.1.1
 WLAN  802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Fingerprint Scanner No
Camera 21.2MP – Rear | 13MP – Front
 Network LTE 150/50Mbps

Design

The M5 has a 5.0-inch (1080×1920) IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, which fits nicely on the device. It does not feel too small or too big to hold, if anything it is the perfect size for most people. It is easy to carry around, and is light enough to fit comfortably in your pocket.

Like the Xperia Z5, the M5 runs on the BRAVIA 2 Engine which gives its screen an upper hand when it comes to contrast and colours. Pictures are sharper, and colours are more vivid. Most devices on the market have a similar screen enhancement, but they are all high-end devices, which makes the M5 more attractive as a mid-range device that packs this feature.

Sony Xperia M5

The M5 follows the design aesthetics of the other Xperia family. Rounded edges, and a glass back that is sort of a mirror design seen on the Xperia Z5 Premium. It is only 7.6 mm thick, packs the usual waterproof rating – it can go 1.5 meters under water for 30 minutes.

Altogether, the design of the device kind of mimics previous Xperia devices and fits into the latest range nicely.

Performance

The M5 packs a 65-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM. This makes it a decent device when comparing its internals to high-end smartphones. The device performs well under pressure and can handle tasks without any serious lag. The M5 however still suffers from the Xperia’s hating issue where the back would get hot after prolonged use. This does not fry an egg, but it is concerning when using the device.

3GB of RAM is more than enough on mid-range device. It is in fact surprising that Sony did not cut it to 2GB to save manufacturing costs.

Sony Xperia M5

Packing a 2600 mAh battery, the device fails to impress with its promised two days of use, 8 hours of video, and 63 hours of music. STAMINA Mod should never be used to measure the life of a battery as it is a last resort when away from a charger and disables much of the phone’s features. Leaving the device in standby mode overnight, proved just as troublesome as the Z5, and resulted in the device being completely flat the next morning.

Camera

The M5 has tons of camera options to choose from, and that combined with its 21.2MP camera, makes for a rather spectacular experience.

Considering it is a mid-ranged device, it packs some serious camera quality, and is probably the best around when compared to other mid-range devices. The camera can even record 4K, which is something new for mid-range phone. In terms of its front facing camera, the 13MP selfie camera really does its job. Although design wise, its a rather ugly looking camera in the front, those who take selfies regularly, will love it.

Sony Xperia M5

Overall

The Sony Xperia M5 impressed on more than on level. It sometimes felt like you’re handling a high-end smartphone with a powerful CPU and gorgeous camera, only to realise that it was a cheaper version of the Xperia Z5. It really knocks a few devices out of the park with its camera, performance, and overall design. If you want an Xperia but cannot afford the Z5, this is the next best thing. The device retails for R4999.99.

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