Sony Xperia M5 announced: 5-inch 1080p display; 21.5MP camera with Hybrid Autofocus

by XB on 3rd August 2015

in Featured Content, Videos, Xperia M5

Xperia M5 Press_5Sony Mobile has formally unveiled its latest mid-range offering, the Xperia M5 (E5603, E5606, E5653) and Xperia M5 Dual (E5633, E5643, E5663), which is a bit of a powerhouse by our reckoning. One of the key features that sets the Xperia M5 apart from other Sony Xperia devices is its camera.

It comes equipped with a 21.5MP Exmor RS sensor and ISO 3200 with 0.25-second Hybrid Autofocus that utilises Phase detection AF (PDAF) for faster shutter speed response and Contrast detection AF for added precision. Sony hasn’t confirmed chip details, but we would imagine this is the Sony IMX230 sensor.

The camera also has 5x Clear Image Zoom that allows you to capture stills without losing any of the quality says Sony. On the video side, the Xperia M5 will capture 4K video, whilst front-facing camera duties are handled by a 13MP Exmor RS sensor capable of integrated autofocus and Full HD video.

In terms of specifications, the Xperia M5 is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 chipset with 2GHz octa-core processor and IMG Rogue G6200 GPU, 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage (9.1GB usable) and microSD memory card support. The Xperia M5 has a 5-inch (1080 x 1920) IPS display with 441 PPI pixel density and a screen-to-phone ratio of 66.01%. It also comes equipped with a ‘two-day’ 2600mAh battery capacity.

Other features include IP65/IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, capless USB charging, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and stainless steel corners. The Xperia M5 has dimensions of 145 x 72 x 7.6 mm and weighs 142.5 grams. It will be available in three colours (Black, White and Gold) when it launches “in selected countries across emerging markets from mid-August” 2015.

Xperia M5 (E5603, E5606 and E5653) white paper
Xperia M5 Dual (E5633, E5643, and E5663) white paper

Sony Xperia M5 promo video

Sony Xperia M5 press pictures

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Via Sony Mobile Blog and Sony Developer World.

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  • Chris

    If this is what Sony classifies ‘mid-range’, I should expect some pretty great things for the Z5!

  • xperiaDROID

    Design is nothing spectacular, but not bad for a mid-range, kinda reminds me of Oppo on the rear.

    Hope this will be the last same old OmniBalance design from Sony. They must at least upgrade a bit on the Z5 if they’re lazy on making a new design. Please don’t disappoint or else I’ll have to switch to Motorola or Huawei.

    5 No’s to the Z5:
    1. No disappointing camera
    2. No same design
    3. No software issues on future updates
    4. No overpriced
    5. No Snapdragon 810

  • Simon Setyadarma

    Like before Z4 announced, C4 and Z4 announced first, I think Z5 is kinda around now :
    Too bad for those who bought M4 Aqua and C4 :|

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Same here, plus I hope they will fix the white balance issue soon.
    Reds are pink and if you take a photo using HDR colours get washed out.
    Motorola seems promising to me this time, anyways I’ll be waiting for the SD820.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    If they’re announcing it, then they’re announcing it with SD810. There’s nothing changed, same old heating issues, drastic battery drainage.

  • Tomislav Mati?

    Only disappointing thing on XPERIA M5 is speaker. It is not stereo.

  • joseph carmine nero

    The most awesome midrange phone

  • Daniel Craig

    Waiting for Z5. Hopefully it won’t disappoint considering that this is a very nice midrange phone.

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  • Monivan Mao

    I can make it stereo using the earpiece! Being the one who bring StereoMOD to xperia Z, i’m convinced that i can do the same here!

  • Vuyo Ncube

    If it’s priced under $350, this would kill all other name brand midrangers :)

  • Billy de Fretes

    dear mr bond… can you share your phone in spectre movie :D

  • fluxx

    Looking at the heating issues of the Snapdragon in the Z3+ the M5 might actually be the better device. Very confusing, especially if they release the Z5 in September.

  • Sergio

    At that price you can always get the 1+2, with a 820 :
    I don’t understand Sony anymore.

  • If the Z5 needs to have all those 5 things for you to buy it, then it’s Motorola or Huawei’s lucky day. No. 3 is the most problematic part.

  • shhh

    Yeah, I also don’t understand Samsung and LG and HTC, oh and Apple.

  • Emir Zarith

    since when 1+2 got snapdragon 820???Please prove it

  • Abdul Ghani

    hahaha nice one

  • Sergio

    Sorry, sh*t, a 810 second gen… I need more coffee today.

  • rzero21

    it seems you don’t know what true HDR is. Have you ever taken a HDR picture on Sony Alpha big sensor cameras? They look the same as on your xperia. After you process the picture, THEEEN you can recover colours as long as the file allows or hold enough information to survive the editing process.

  • rzero21

    why change the design? if it works great on your hand, why change it? We must stop asking for a re-design just for the sake of style and ask more for functionality.

  • Shaktimaan

    Just when everyone thought Sony had nothing new for midrange *poof* a magical m5 appears…… Sony just upped the ante on all the midrangers.

  • Prasad Daki

    No more T series now from Sony?

  • Vuyo Ncube

    You do realise the 2nd Gen SD810 suffers in performance too right? The Z3+ uses v2.1 as well. The Oneplus 2 delivered poorly in preliminary Antutu benchmarks suggesting throttling CPU cores as expected. Sony wouldn’t make the same mistake again. The M5 is a high volume midranger for the common masses while the Oneplus 2 is the connoisseur’s affordable flagship.

  • animesh

    M5 is almost what the Z3+/Z4 should have been..

  • Kevinski Ying

    exactly my thoughts. perhaps the most exciting thing is the new camera. and I hope Sony decides to stick with the 1080p display. finally, Sony is stepping up its game.

  • mountain

    But Z3+ does not really have throttling problem, because sony disabled 2 A57 cores from SD810, which theoretically makes it a SD808.

  • Faisal Armand

    Hybrid PDAF is very good news, even for manual shooters like me because Xperia phones has quite of a trouble focusing at low ISO for shooting in indoors.

    One job for Sony: Don’t overprice this bad ass fucker!

  • Doubleyoupee

    Nice specs but too big for me :(

  • mountain

    Seems that super mid-range does not comes with Xperia Lounge Gold!

  • SONY only

    Xperia M5 : first look

  • Svnjay

    A warm Snapdragon :D

  • Vuyo Ncube


  • Svnjay

    “We also discovered something unusual in how the Z3+ manages its eight CPU cores. Basically, the vast majority of the time the Z3+ fires up only six of its eight cores, with two of its A57 cores disabled entirely through software. That means the overwhelming majority of apps won’t be able to benefit from the full “octa-core” performance of this phone.”

    Still overheats and throttles despite that.

  • Luis

    There aren’t any “heating” issues with the revised SD810. Yes, the phone gets warm when loaded, but that is a good thing. It’s dissipitating heat away from the device. Just like a engine, TV, desktop, laptop, etc… You don’t want to keep heat within the device.

  • Piotr

    Sony Mobile Poland said on their facebook profile that M5 and C5 won’t be available in this country.

  • OFFtop..

    Officially: “Qualcomm Snapdragon 615”
    Oh, the Sony … In any Russian representation! It is more “flowers” on their website. :(

  • Thank you! ;))

  • Piotr

    M5 won’t be available in all markets i guess, will be more expensive too.

  • This you can find out yourself by going to the regional site Sony mobile in your country

  • Kadek

    So no Gyroscope for M5? Well better wait for z5 compact :)

  • Abdul Ghani

    mediatek just killed qualcomm next year too with this so basically we can expect flagship phones and mid-range which btw will work as flagship next year too

    bye bye heatdragon

  • Kadek

    Also when I read white paper, couldn’t find if they add gyroscope sensor. For me gyroscope is a must :)

  • Piotr

    No M5 or C5 there.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Ah thanks. Then the SD810 is unfeasible if not unusable in smartphone. Powerful but badly designed. Badly controlled Cortex A57s on a now obsolete process node causing unnecessary heat and power consumption. The 2 disabled cores means die space was wasted with less room available for better or larger components. Given that the Z3 has much better battery life with an older display panel, one can infer that disabling the 2 cores doesn’t improve efficiency that much. Oneplus is gonna suffer just as Sony, HTC, Xiaomi and LG did. I mean it’s rumoured that the Z5 Ultra will use the SD808.

  • Simon Setyadarma

    Yeah…. At least here in Indonesia those (M5 and C5 Ultra) will be available.. No news about the price yet.
    Hope it won’t too expensive.

  • Geese Howard

    Yeah, now let’s see what the Z5 will be like.

  • Simon Setyadarma

    Only 4 fingers supported btw… :’)
    And little battery.. :’)

  • Piotr

    Don’t see them on Indonesian Sony online shop.

  • So I’m saying. )

  • Simon Setyadarma

    It’s on the official web :/ I saw it this afternoon… Tell me if I’m wrong..

  • Alvin

    What the hell. This thing even beats my z3 in a heartbeat

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  • Alvin

    For those who bought m4 aqua already…. im not just felt bad about you but if im you, i will probably kill myself. I even own z3 and i feel sad and humiliated too.

  • apolloa

    So near and yet so far, not gonna Touch a mediatek chip that’s for sure. What is Sony doing? Is this even a new camera module or the same one as last three years?

  • I’m looking at my M4 like.. Y u do dis Sony..

  • Alvin

    Well now this is their mid range……. *thinkingaboutwhatz5willbelike*

  • Piotr

    M5 not available in all countries.

  • Piotr
  • Alvin

    But they will sell it at where sony consumers and sony’s profitable markets usually live, thats why i said that

  • Simon Setyadarma

    I’m wrong then. Thx for correcting me, maybe I opened the “Global” website

  • Alvin

    But even this mid range phone has a great camera on paper, will it be reviewed by dxomark?

  • Alvin

    Well of course it will available in indonesia. SE asia is one of their money makers

  • Simon Setyadarma

    But the performance is below the 808 :/
    I saw LBS (on Youtube) did compare it with G4 even Lenovo K3 with mediatek could beat Z3+.
    Is your butt hurted, Sony?

  • Alvin

    6. No overheating or “summer in your pocket”

  • jauling

    no gyro?? wtf?

  • Alvin

    Even when I look at my z3.. like.. oh s*** why dontyou just take my organs

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  • Ça?da?

    Can someone answer my question?

    In this video, at 0:22, it says “You should not submerge your phone completely under water, chlorinated or salt”
    but it also says it has ip65/68 rating.

    And also, in xperia m4 video,

    at 0:07 – it can be seen that it’s durable under water, and can be used in chlorinated water but you have to wash it afterwards.

    but when I go to this page, it says – again – I should not use my phone underwater.

    SO, can I shot selfies and photos underwater with m5 or not???

  • Ça?da?

    Can someone answer my question?

    In this video, at 0:22, it says “You should not submerge your phone completely under water, chlorinated or salt”
    but it also says it has ip65/68 rating.

    And also, in xperia m4 video,

    at 0:07 – it can be seen that it’s durable under water, and can be used in chlorinated water but you have to wash it afterwards.

    but when I go to this page, it says – again – I should not use my phone underwater.

    SO, can I shot selfies and photos underwater with m5 or not???


  • jakobd.

    Now release the Sony xperia z5 with the
    Xperia z3+ Design
    5,2 inch Full HD 100% natural color Display 500ppi with gorilla glass 4
    21MP IMX230 REAR CAMERA and 1,8 Blende with fast focusing Hybrid AF camera technology
    13MP IMX214 Front Camera
    808 SD Processor
    4GB RAM
    32/64 GB intern Memory

    USB Typ C
    And I love my next Sony smartphone for long long time !!

  • marcyff2

    the reason they say it like that is because sony is watching their backs on this. So if someone says ohh but you guys say you can put the phone underwater but when i do it got water damage. And sony says we provide water resistence so that in the case of an accident your phone has more security, but we don’t insure on water damage.

    So sony is washing their hands of the problem. But the IP67 CAN be used underwater (tried with Z1 and Z2 in distances far lower than 1.5 m). But if the phone gets water damage, sony will not replace it.

  • fluxx

    I’m sure Sonys marketing will manage to release it soon as the “M4+” worldwide ^^

  • tk007

    What seems to be a reliable confirmation regarding z5 devices display size:
    S60 (E58XX, Z5 Compact) 4.6″
    S70 (E66XX, Z5) 5.2″
    S70+ (E68XX, Z5 Ultra) 5.5″? if true, though a bit of an odd short jump in size from 5.2″ but a much better size option then the first z ultra overall size.
    i’m looking forward to s70+ if true.

  • Saifuddin Adnan

    Wtf sony… What are you doing?.. Just bought xperia z3 and it looks inferior to this mid ranger….a mid ranger far better than a flagship?

  • Utsav Shah

    too bad for those who recently bought Z3+.
    why did sony launch Z3+? To make Z3+ owners feel ditched!

  • nmh1102
  • Flythe

    I really like the OmniBalance design and I wouldn’t mind seeing it in future Xperia devices. I can understand, why people would want to see a new design, though. Why Snapdragon 808? I hope, Sony will wait for QSD 820 (and of course that it hasn’t got the problems its predecessor had), even though some leaks seem to show otherewise. And finally: you won’t find a 5.2 inch Full-HD display with a pixel density of 500 ppi in the whole universe – neither yet nor anytime in the future.

  • Shubham Mutreja

    Mr. Bond
    What do u want in your xperia z5?

  • amintox

    this is what samsung announces as a flagship haha

  • Sreekanth Namboothiri

    Its sure you can submerge your IP67 certified phone underwater, i have used my Xperia Z,ZR,Z2 all these phones works perfectly after one day use in water theme park. only a small speaker volume issue faced on Xperia of the phones were working perfectly :) if you closed all ports correctly.

  • surethom

    two-day’ 2600mAh battery really????? I will wait for real world tests for the true battery life.

    Nice camera, but next time Some can we have just 12 or 16 megapixel but Much Bigger sensor please.

  • rothx

    Dont forget pressure test before submerging your phone

  • Alfino Setya

    I’m very ready to retire my z3 compact, Come to me M5! <3

  • jakobd.
  • jakobd.

    I think SD820 is not finsh and not ready for sales…

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Haha you keep telling yourself that SD810 doesn’t overheat, cause we have seen everywhere it heats up a lot. Anyways One Plus 2 was underclocked also because it’s having heating issues.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Explain to me what’s true HDR. And I don’t own an alpha camera but I own a WX-150 an awesome point and shoot camera, which takes HDR+ shots and it gets the colours correct.
    Check these photos out, that you’ll see how bad the camera got with the updates, this is purely the software.

  • Daniel Craig

    1. Fresh Redesign.
    2. QHD Display.
    3. 4GB RAM.
    4. Small Bezels.
    5. Great Battery life.
    6. No overheating bullshit.

  • Daniel Craig

    Sorry son that’s classified information.

  • cuthbert ngaleku

    I like what u have do with the blog its crisp

  • Paaliaq

    Well the tests for the IP certification are done with “normal” water (not sure if destilled or tap water).

    Salty or chorinated water change the density of the water (not a big deal because it’s a very slight change). The main reason why you should not use it there is the change of chemical characteristics. Salt and/or chlorine make the water more aggresiv so it might damage the seal.

    But as they already said it’s more about watching their backs.

    I used my ZR several times under chlorine water and had no damage at all.

  • Paz04

    Shame its not coming to the UK;

  • Billy de Fretes
  • Daniel Craig

    Don’t cry you’ll soon find out.

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  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    But u are in Russia on a mission and u need a heater in ur pockets. So i guess you will love the sd810.

  • Shubham Mutreja

    We all should pray for this thing to happen

  • KMNH

    real life screen on time I guess with full brightness and wifi on with social media apps I guess max 5 hours screen on time

  • Malcolm Clement

    just make sure to rinse it under ‘clean’ water if it’s been in chlorinated or salt water which can slowly wear away at the seals. you’ll be fine either way.

  • Malcolm Clement

    no kidding. i hope it’s full lte accessible in the u.s.

  • Danny

    Such big cameras, front and back for a mid-range, 16GB with MicroSD slot, IP68 rating, capless USB, and Octa-core CPU. All for $400 USD, this is a real winner!

  • Daniel Craig

    No thanks, I have my Canada Goose jacket.

  • Daniel Craig

    Let’s hope so.

  • faizal arsad

    7.No bloatware too

  • Daniel Craig

    Unlocked Sony phones don’t come with THAT much bloatware, I accept that the carrier version do have them. But 60% Percent of them can be removed or disabled.

  • MasterofMasses

    fingerprint scanner

  • Daniel Craig

    Well it’s gonna have one.

  • MasterofMasses

    Really? since when???? :)

  • Daniel Craig

    Don’t you see the leaks?

  • D J Hilton

    Looks like it’s not coming to the UK, as it is not featurd on Sony Mobile’s UK page. Pity.

  • Da Fuq

    Anyone got a concrete release date?

  • Andrea Purokotone

    that design has bored, sony.. change it, it s always the same phone…i want a new one but my z2 stil works fine why should i change it if looks the same?

  • Víctor Martín Martínez

    Am I the only one who thinks the front camera looks really ugly???

  • sam

    35,000 sony call this as a mid range LOL

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