Sony Xpe­ria M5 Dual

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By Peter Chu

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.

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