Sony Xperia M5 Dual
It looks like photographyoriented smartphones are making a comeback, because apart from the Lenovo VIBE Shot that's up for review this month – which is even designed to look like a camera – we have another smartphone in our hands that's purposemade for serious mobile photography: the Sony Xperia M5 Dual.
The headlining feature of the Xperia M5 Dual is undoubtedly its two Exmor RS sensorequipped cameras – which comprises of a class-leading 21.5MP, 4K-ready rear-facing shooter, and an accompanying 13MP front-facing camera. Of course, the Xperia M5 Dual wouldn't be a proper camera phone if it didn't come replete with a physical shutter button that triggers the camera's autofocus when you half-press it, and captures a photo when you depress it completely.
Beneath its 5-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display, you'll be greeted by its equally brawny hardware feature set, which includes a 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 SoC (which houses eight 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 processors), a PowerVR G6200 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. We were able to briskly navigate through the Xperia M5 Dual's interface without experiencing any slowdowns whatsoever, and also tackle games such as Fallout Shelter and Pac-Man 256 without any hiccups.
As its paper credentials might already imply, the 21.5MP rear camera of the Xperia M5 Dual is capable of capturing photos that exhibit plenty of detail, has spot-on color reproduction, and also offers commendable clarity in photos shot in low-light environments. As a matter of fact, we dare say that the camera of the Xperia M5 Dual might just be worthy enough to replace your trusty (entry-level) compact camera.
The same praises can be said for the Xperia M5 Dual's 13MP front-facing camera as well, which produced clean, high-quality images that had minimal noise artifacts or grain – a problem that often plagues the front-facing cameras of most smartphones.
You won't need to worry about running low on storage space while you're being trigger-happy with the Xperia M5 Dual cameras, because on top of its 16GB of internal memory, the Xperia M5 Dual also comes with a microSD slot that can accommodate microSD cards up to 200GB in size.
The IP65 and IP68-certified Xperia M5 Dual isn't just good for taking top-notch photos and selfies, it's also a solid all-round performer as well, judging from the way it managed to chart a respectable score of 3,355 for the PCMark Work benchmark, 17,437 for the Quadrant benchmark, and 35,505 for the AnTuTu benchmark. Meanwhile, the PowerVR Rogue G6200 GPU of the Xperia M5 Dual flaunted its graphical muscle by waltzing through the Epic Citadel benchmark in Ultra High Quality with a resolution of 1,800 x 1,080 at an average framerate of 44.9 fps, while generating a score of 6,848 and 10,454 for 3DMark's Ice Storm Extreme and Ice Storm Unlimited benchmarks, respectively.