Sony unveils massive Xperia C5 Ultra with dual 13-MP cameras

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra in white. Photo: Sony

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra in white. Photo: Sony

It’s not a selfie phone per se; it’s not a powerhouse phablet, either, or an ideal point-and-shoot replacement. Instead, the Xperia C5 Ultra looks like the best of several worlds, probably sporting a reasonable price tag and rocking an exquisite design.

The Xperia C5 Ultra is Sony’s gargantuan spinoff of the recently released C4. The phones share the same 13-megapixel, rear-facing camera with LED flash, and an octa-core 1.7 GHz MediaTek processor — but the C5 Ultra trades the respectable 5-megapixel front-facing snapper of its “cousin” for a top-of-the-line 13-megapixel selfie machine.

Both cameras feature Exmor RS sensors, video stabilization, automatic scene-recognition systems, 1080p video recording capabilities and 4x digital zoom.

The “secondary” shooter comes with a “Selfie Flash” for “extensive and uniform light outreach,” as well as a 22 mm wide-angle lens and 88-degree field of view, whereas the 13 MP beast located on the handheld’s back sports an 80-degree field of view and 25 mm wide-angle lens.

Translation: Gear up for super-sharp self-portraits and wicked traditional snapshots.

Speaking of sharp, the 6-inch IPS screen boasts 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, aka Full HD resolution. And to go nicely with the fast and furious octa-core SoC, the Xperia C5 Ultra comes with 2 GB RAM ready to fulfill your multitasking needs.

It almost goes without saying Android 5.0 Lollipop runs the software show, and the 16 GB of onboard storage space can be expanded via microSD. The 2,930-mAh battery doesn’t sound impressive, but Sony had to cut a few corners to keep bulk in check.

At 187 grams, the Xperia C5 Ultra ain’t exactly a featherweight, but it only measures 8.2 mm thick. Best of all, the gigantic display is surrounded by an aluminum frame and virtually no vertical bezel. Alas, there are no words on pricing and availability yet, although we can definitely root for a $450 or so price point and global rollout by next month.