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Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual Review. Is it a Good Buy?

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Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual Review. Is it a Good Buy?

Xperia C5 Ultra Dual Review

Recently Sony has launched Xperia C5 Ultra Dual for selfie lovers in three color variants – Black, White, and Glossy Soft Mint at the price of Rs. 29,990. It is the third “Ultra” device that has launched in India. Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual strike the right balance between the size and specifications. The phone is good for selfie lovers as the front-facing camera is of 13 Megapixels and is amongst of the best shooter cameras. Moreover, the smartphone is packed with a 1.7 GHz oct-core MediaTek processor to deliver the best performance along with 2 GB RAM and internal storage of 16 GB. Also you can extend its external storage up to 200 GB. Let’s comes to the various features and specifications of the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual.

Pros

  • Good battery backup
  • Good performance
  • Excellent front-facing camera
  • Excellent Design

Cons

  • No quick charging
  • Not dust and water proof
  • Battery is not user replaceable

Design and Display

The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra comes with an attractive design with White, Black, and Soft Mift color variants and is large enough to be noticed in your hands wherever you go. It weighs 187 g and 164.2×79.6×8.2mm in dimensions. It is slightly thicker and heavier if we compare it with Xperia T2 Ultra. It has glossy back design and is a little prone to smudges. It is built around a metallic frame with plastic corners. On the left side, their is a cover that can be pulled out to reveal the distinct dual Nano-SIM and microSD trays. There are no physical buttons for Home, Back and Application Switcher, but it comes with on-screen touch buttons. It has a 3.5mm audio jack at the top of the device with MicroUSB port and microphone port at the bottom of the device. On the top of the front part of the device, there a front-facing 13 MP camera with a LED flash to its right.

Let’s come to its display. Overall, the Xperia C5 Ultra Dual is comfortable in hands and comes with 6-inch Full-HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with screen resolutions 1080×1920 at 367 ppi pixel density. The display is sufficiently bright and has good viewing angles, and you can manually adjust the white balance. You can also choose between the Super-vivid mode and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 from the display settings to find a color gamut that’s more to your taste.

Camera and Battery

The Xperia C5 Ultra comes with a 13 MP and 4128×3096 pixels and autofocus rear camera which captures clear pictures with accurate color reproduction when there is ample light. Also the rear camera features geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, panorama and HDR with video resolutions 1080@30fps and HDR. While coming to its front camera, it features same resolutions as of rear and it is not uncommon these days. Sony has delivered a very good feature for selfie lovers.

Let’s talk about its battery performance. It has Non-removable Li-Ion 2930 mAH battery. It can give you around 14 hours 24 minutes of talk time while using 2G and 12 hours 53 minutes while using 3G. The battery life is good even when the phone is connecting to 3G or 4G network and functioning as a hotspot. The overall performance is good as long as you are not constantly watching videos and playing games.

Hardware and Performance

The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is packed with a powerful 1.7 GHz Octa-core Cortex-A53 Mediatek MT6752 CPU and Mali-T760MP2 GPU processor which is enough to deliver you the most amazing and fastest smartphone experience. It comes with 2GB RAM with internal storage of 16 GB and you can extend its external storage with up to 200 GB via the microSD slot. Out of 16 GB internal storage only 9 GB is accessible by users and you increase its internal storage by uninstalling preinstalled apps including Facebook, Chrome, AVG, News from Socialife, OfficeSuite, BIGFLIX, Jive, Real Football and File Commander. While coming to its major performances like playing H videos at high bitrate, and Loudspeaker, the phone is overall good.

Software and UI

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra runs on Google’s operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sony’s own skin on top and can upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Also there are some useful features added to offer extra real estate on this big phone. You can download apps from Playstore or you can choose from a bunch of pre-installed apps and also you can run your favourite widget as an app. For easy operation with one hand, the company has tweaked some parts of the UI.

Specifications

Network TypeGSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM TypeNano-SIM, Dual SIM, dual stand-by
Dimensions164.2×79.6×8.2mm
Weight187 g
Display Size6 inches, Multitouch
Screen Resolution1920×1080 pixels at 367 ppi pixel density
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
Processor64-bit 1.7 GHz Mediatek MT6752
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
Rear Camera13 MP with LED Flash
Front Camera13 MP with LED Flash
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Radio, 2.0 microUSB
Battery2930 mAh, Non-removable

Price to Value Ratio

The company has launched Xperia C5 Ultra Dual with uncommon features at a very reasonable price that put extra value to the this phone. Its 6-inch display and 13 MP camera, are two amazing features that put this smartphone with the top smartphones.

USP

The phone’s USP is it’s large 6-inch display and powerful 13 Megapixel camera. Its 6-inch display is comfortable and eye-catching enough to be noticeable whenever you go out somewhere. Its 13 MP camera will let you take good and extra clear selfies.

Verdict

Is the phone a good buy? If you are looking for a phablet that offers a balanced software experience and also takes good selfies then Xperia C5 Ultra Dual is the right choice for you. There are some other Chinese brands that offers smartphones with similar features at low costs. Also, there are a number of good options available in the market. If you can make do with a slightly smaller display but need a selfie-focused phone then HTC One E9+, HTC One M8 Eye and Asus Zenfone Selfie are some good options that are giving 13 MP front-facing camera.

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