Call it bezelless, call it edge-to-edge, a screen that stretches all the way to the smartphone's extremities is all the rage now. We've seen a few takes on the matter, with the ZTE Nubia Z9 perhaps getting closest to fulfilling that promise. Oppo tried to do it too with the R7 Plus and Sharp has a few Aquos models exploring the concept, but most of the company’s lineup is limited to the confines of its home Japanese market.
So it was Sony who emerged as the first major manufacturer to bring us an edge-to-edge smartphone and it did so with a bang - the Xperia C5 Ultra has a huge 6-inch display in a body slightly larger than some 5.5-inchers. And then, out of the blue, the company also went out and announced the Xperia M5 - a midranger, which is equipped well enough to fly the Z flag and is certainly going to cannibalize on the current flagship's sales.
We set out to determine how you feel about Sony's latest with this week's pair of polls.
The Xperia C-series was conceived as a selfie-lover’s smartphone – a 5MP camera on the front with an LED flash is enough to attract a certain crowd. Ok, what if you up the front cam resolution to 13MP, and bump the display size to 6 inches with almost non-existent side bezels?
In comes the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, a dream come true for the social-media-obsessed narcissistic folk. Or simply those who can appreciate the vast screen estate inside a relatively compact body and couldn’t care less about selfie-photography.
Either way, we reckon the Xperia C5 Ultra brings a lot of flair to the midrange and is sure to cause quite a splash. What’s your say on the matter?
The Xperia M5, which no one expected, is more or less in the same market segment, but couldn’t be any more different. A pocket-friendly 5-inch display and reserved design would make you mistake it for the Xperia Z3+ at first glance, and more careful observation raises the question whether the flagship is worth the premium.
Mediatek’s most powerful chipset to be found in an actual production device powers the Xperia M5 and the 3GB of RAM is just as much as the Z3+ has. What the top model lacks, though, is the new 21.5MP camera sensor, which debuts on the M5. The 13MP front shooter shared with the C5 is also in favor of the M5 and the IP68 certification is another check box with a tick.
And whether the Xperia M5 is good enough or not to jeopardize the flagship position of the Xperia Z3+, we’d say it’s a pretty intriguing proposition. What do you think?