More storage, more power, more megapixels – for a lot more money

ByJames Rogersonpublished 6 February 17


The Sony Xperia M5 has a gorgeous screen and is a competent phone in every other way, but its a small, expensive upgrade on the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua.

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The Sony Xperia M5 is a follow-up khổng lồ the middling Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, which on paper seems to fix many of the issues we had with that mid-range phone.

There"s more storage, more RAM, a higher-spec camera and a sharper screen. With an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 1080p screen, water-resistant build, 21.2MP main camera & a 13MP front-facing one, the Xperia M5 certainly ticks a lot of boxes.

But is it the phone the M4 Aqua should have been, or does the higher price put it out of the mid-range running?

Sony Xperia M5 price và release date

Launched at a higher price than the Xperia M4 Aqua didNow down lớn $240 (£250, about AU$420)

Sony decided to raise the price of the Xperia M5 compared khổng lồ the Xperia M4. The Sony Xperia M5 launched at $370 (£300, AU$425), while the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua can was around $340 (£220, AU$435).

You can now get a good discount on the Xperia M5 with it coming in at around $240 (£250, about AU$420).


Traditional Sony Omnibalance designFalls in between Xperia M4 Aqua và Xperia Z5

The Sony Xperia M5 certainly makes a good first impression. Lượt thích so many Sony phones it has a rectangular Omnibalance design, & in terms of the materials used it falls somewhere between the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua & the Sony Xperia Z5.

The M4 Aqua is all polycarbonate, whereas here the back has been upgraded lớn a glass finish. But where the Xperia Z5 has a metal frame it"s plastic on the Xperia M5, other than the corners, which are made of stainless steel.

Its dimensions are similar khổng lồ those of the M4 Aqua, with the M5 coming in at 145 x 72 x 7.6mm. It"s a slim phone then, but it"s not actually all that compact given its 5-inch display; it"s only slightly smaller than the xe máy X Play, despite that phone having a much larger 5.5-inch screen.

The big bezels above và below the display on the Xperia M5 are the culprit here. While they presumably serve some purpose under the hood they look unnecessarily large, with only the microphone và earpiece, a Sony logo và a 13MP camera lens visibly housed in them – other than that they"re just empty black space.

Sony Xperia M5 specs

Weight: 142gDimensions: 145 x 72 x 7.6mmOS: app android 6.0.1Screen size: 5-inchResolution: 1080 x 1920CPU: Mediatek Helio X10RAM: 3GBStorage: 16GBBattery: 2600mAhRear camera: 21.2MPFront camera: 13MP

Even the bezels lớn the sides of the screen look a little on the large side, but that"s a small complaint. The Xperia M5 is a slim & generally stylish handset, which – until you actually get your hands on it and feel the plastic edging – appears almost as premium as the Xperia Z5.

It"s a little plain, with the whole body toàn thân coming in one colour (gold in the case of my đánh giá unit). And there"s little khổng lồ break that finish up on the back, with just a couple of small logos, a 21.2MP camera lens and an LED flash.

But being plain isn"t the worst thing in the world, & Sony"s iconic metal power key does add a cảm biến of contrast on the right edge. The button is positioned halfway down, which makes it easy to reach.

Note, though, that unlike on some Sony handsets there"s no fingerprint scanner here, which is a shame.

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That right edge is also trang chủ to a volume rocker & dedicated camera shutter button, both of which are even closer to lớn the bottom edge, making them just as easy lớn get lớn without stretching.

While I"d always be hesitant khổng lồ risk my phone in a shower or swimming pool, it does at least give me some peace of mind that if I spill a drink on it or get caught in the rain it will still work afterwards.

Of course you can get this same protection with the far cheaper Xperia M4 Aqua, but it"s nice lớn see nonetheless.

Key features

5-inch Full HD screen that offers better resolution than past phones21.2MP rear shooter & 13MP front facing camera

While the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has waterproofing as a key feature it"s more of an expectation here, which is presumably why Sony has dropped "Aqua" from the name.

The Sony Xperia M5 is, on paper at least, an improvement on the Xperia M4 Aqua in almost every other way, with the screen và camera arguably being the two biggest improvements.

The display is still 5 inches, but it has a resolution of 1080 x 1920, up from 720 x 1280 on the Xperia M4 Aqua. That resolution jump gives it a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch. That"s up from just 294ppi on the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, and puts the M5 more in line with the Sony Xperia Z5 và HTC One M9.

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua had a vibrant display with great viewing angles, and the same is true on the M5 – but now it"s sharper. The contrast is good, images are still fairly bright even at extreme angles, và everything looks great on it.

There are better screens, and sharper ones. A quick look at what Samsung is doing on the Galaxy S7 – or even the Samsung Galaxy S6 – will show you that, but at this sort of price the Sony Xperia M5 stands up really well.

Then there"s the camera. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has a solid but sluggish 13MP main snapper and a 5MP front-facing camera; the Xperia M5 significantly ups the megapixel count to 21.2MP on the back & 13MP on the front.

I"ll cover the cameras in detail in the camera section, but for now you just need lớn know that it"s an nâng cấp in some ways và not in others.

It"s not much faster at snapping photos, despite the extra gigabyte of RAM the phone is packing, but shots are generally pretty impressive, as well as giving you lots of options to play with if you don"t want lớn just point and shoot.

Not only are both the M5"s camera và screen upgrades over the M4 Aqua"s, they also stand up well khổng lồ many rival phones at this price point. The 13MP primary snapper on the OnePlus 2 is no match for the M5"s, for example, and its 1080p screen is no better.