Sony has unveiled the Xperia C5 Ultra (E5553, E5506) and Xperia C5 Ultra Dual (E5533, E5563), which offers the smallest bezels yet seen in an Xperia device. It also surpasses long-time screen-to-phone ratio champ, the Xperia ZL, offering a ratio of 75.93% versus 74.97% for the ZL.
The two standout features for Sony’s latest ‘PROselfie’ offering is the “near borderless” 6-inch (1080 x 1920) IPS display with 367 PPI pixel density and the use of twin 13MP Exmor RS front and rear cameras with picture/video HDR.
As with other devices in the Xperia ‘C’ series, Sony includes a front-facing LED flash to help capture that perfect selfie in low-light. Sony uses a square flash instead of round, which it says lights up more of the frame. The front-facing camera also features a 22mm wide angle lens and 88-degree field of view.
Given the size of the Xperia C5 Ultra, Sony has tried to make life easy whilst using the handset by including a one-handed operation mode with options for both right-handed and left-handed users. A slide of the finger will activate ‘mini mode’ and shrink the screen to 4-inches. A quick tap will revert back to the full screen again.
Other specifications include the MediaTek MT6752 chipset with 1.7GHz octa-core processor and MaliT760-MP2 700MHz GPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB internal storage (9.5GB usable), microSD memory card slot, a speaker capable of up to 95 decibels, Bluetooth 4.1 and an “up to 2-day” 2930mAh battery.
The handset certainly looks great and comes with an aluminium frame adopting the OmniBalance design language and a slightly curved back. The handset has dimensions of 164.2 x 79.6 x 8.2 mm and weighs 187 grams. The phone will launch in three colours (Black, White and Mint) when it is released in mid-August across select emerging market regions.
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