Sony is finally planning to launch the much-anticipated Xperia M5 in the United Kingdom as several resellers are already taking pre-orders for the Android phone.
There wasn’t much information regarding where the phone would launch in Europe. Poland and The Netherlands were the first countries to be confirmed for the launch.
Sony Xperia M5 will now be available in the United Kingdom through Carphone Warehouse, which was also one of the first ones to accept pre-orders for the BlackBerry Priv Android phone. Deliveries and shipping will reportedly start on February 8.
Carphone Warehouse has already confirmed that the Sony Xperia M5 is up for pre-order on their online store. There is no exact one-time price, but the product page states that interested customers can buy it for Â£22 a month.
The Sony Xperia M5 will be available in the UK in three colors: white, black and gold. The gold version will be exclusively available through Carphone Warehouse.
Sony Xperia M5 Specs
Display – The M5 has a 5-inch display screen with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It’s quite disappointing that it wasn’t at least bumped to 2K resolution, but the size of the screen does it justice. It has a total of 441 pixels per inch for its pixel density, ensuring that there is no pixilation on the images on-screen.
The M5’s display is also powered by an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen panel. It’s an industry standard for most Android phones, but OLED panels seem to provide more vivid details with less power consumption.
Processor – ARM’s Octa-core Cortex-A53 powers the M5. It has eight cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. Itâ€™s not unusual for Sony to launch high-end smartphones and the power of the processor certainly does not disappoint.
However, there were other chips that could have possibly made the M5 better. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 comes to mind especially with its additional tech features such as the X12 LTE which allows for 33 percent faster peak download speeds.
Storage and RAM – unfortunately, the M5 has a fairly low capacity for its internal phone memory at only 16GB. Sony did make up for it with an expandable microSD card option of up to a whopping 200GB.
Movies at 1080p resolution tend to range between 1GB and 3GB. With a massive external memory, an Xperia M5 user could potentially store about 60 1080p movies and hundreds of songs.
The M5’s RAM is at an impressive 3GB. There’s more than enough RAM for multitasking and running several apps in the background. One of the most common problems with low-end smartphones is when there’s not much RAM left which often leads to app notifications not pushing through.
Running heavy 3D mobile games would also be smooth with 3GB of RAM. The M5 would probably handle it with ease, compared to lower-end phones that would often crash when such games are loaded.
Camera – The Sony Xperia M5 has an overpowered 13MP camera for the front snapper, according to Tech Times. It’s absolutely impressive, but some have questioned if it’s actually needed.
The front camera is often used for selfies. One common complaint is almost all of front cameras, even the ones in flagship phones, do not have a high enough megapixel count. They usually range between 5MP and 8MP.
At 13MP, it would easily surpass the quality and clarity of most low to mid-end smartphones. Lighting and details would not be a problem. However, the rear camera is more impressive.
Sony’s Xperia M5 has a 21.5MP camera for its rear. It also has a 0.25-second autofocus technology which is great for quickly capturing those fast moments. The M5 also allows the user to shoot 4K video, which is increasingly becoming a standard in high-end phones.
Battery Life – Sony claims that the Xperia M5 can last for up to two days but with the help of the built-in STAMINA mode. It could be just exaggerated marketing as the battery only has 2,600 mAh in capacity.
Furthermore, STAMINA mode seems like an overly-glorified ultra-power saving mode which can be found on most phones. The basic STAMINA mode disables Wi-Fi and mobile data when the screen is not on, something that is also available in the ASUS Zenfone 2.
The Xperia M5 also has Ultra STAMINA mode which limits the phone’s device functionality to core tasks such as receiving and sending SMS messages and phone calls. This means that app notifications and other non-essential background apps will be turned off.
Sony Xperia M5 users can also choose which apps to be excluded when turning STAMINA modes on. It also has a STAMINA clock feature that can keep the network connections paused when the phone detects that the user frequently turns the screen on to check the time.
Operating System – The M5 will be running the Android Lollipop 5.1.1 version out of the box. It’s disappointing that there is still no Android 6.0 Marshmallow update available for the phone, at least none that Sony has confirmed.
Android Lollipop has some issues regarding battery consumption and RAM leaks. Most have been patched in the 5.1.1 update, but there are still some that persist.
Waterproof and Dustproof – Sony has made the Xperia M5 waterproof and dustproof just like their Xperia Z5. It has a certification of IP68 which means that users can still use the phone while in a shower.
Users can also use the phone while at the beach as sand and water would not get inside. However, the M5 is not completely submersible.
Connectivity – The M5 has 4G LTE connectivity for faster upload and download speeds. Of course, it would still depend if there actually is a 4G signal nearby.
The M5 also has the basic Bluetooth, 3G, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, and obviously Wi-Fi. It can also be used to tether and to become a mobile hotspot.
Pricing and Availability – Interested buyers can’t currently purchase the phone in a non-contract option from Carphone Warehouse. Existing EE, Vodafone and O2 users could upgrade their phones with new plans as well.
Vodafone users can choose a contract option for Â£22 a month bundled with 500 minutes of UK calls, unlimited texts and 500MB data allowance for 4G connections.
EE users can avail the Xperia M5 for Â£24.99 a month coupled with 1000 UK minutes, unlimited texts and a bigger 2GB data allowance. O2 users have a cheaper option for Â£23.50 with the same bundles from Vodafone.
For users that want a larger data allowance of up to 10GB, they also have other bundles at about Â£30++ per month. There is no option yet for a non-contract purchase. All contracts are up to 24 months.
Users who pre-ordered the Sony Xperia M5 will receive the phone via free delivery on February 8. There is also an Insurance and Tech Support from Geek Squad option for Â£9.99 a month. It covers accidental damage, theft, loss, liquid damage and unauthorised use.