Despite some problems in the field of mobile solutions, android phablet Sony gradually begins to strengthen its position in the middle segment. However, low-end models still require close attention, as this part of the market the most mass.
It should be noted that the flagship of Sony, though all good, but serious progress from model to model, no, and therefore users who have bought the best of times android phablet Xperia Z1 / Z2, hardly upgrade to Z3 / Z3 + / Z5. Not because of such bad news, but because there is nothing to entice the buyer to the manufacturer – no fingerprint sensor or an improved battery life, and performance is not strongly jumped.
But what is happening in the middle segment? Regular readers will remember an overview of interesting, but controversial android phablet Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. So, he came up with a replacement …
… And the name of this replacement android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual. And in our case, it should be added to the title «dual», because we’ve got a version with the ability to work with two SIM cards. Well, look at the specifications.
The case android phablet where the update seems logical model and does not cause problems. We changed the most important characteristics, except for the battery, but not taking into account the highest appetite core Cortex-A53, for the autonomy of the experience is not necessary, and Sony rechargeable battery pack makes to the conscience, if you rely on the reviews of the owners.
It should be noted that, unlike the old model, the novelty has received not only the “symmetrical” front-facing camera, and the flash on the front side. It is difficult to say that it hurt to realize backlit screen, but it will not be superfluous.
Packaging equipment Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
Like all models Xperia, including the flagship line, android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra comes in a modest cardboard box.
On the reverse side, there is an image with the options of color performance and a brief description of proprietary technologies.
Inside of the box and breathes cheapness, the manufacturer is not bothered about fixing supplied and stocked tray of android phablet some impact protection.
User waits for the next set of delivery:
- Cord MicroUSB.
Since our test version of the “gray” deliveries, the charger will not work for our outlets, and a stereo headset included in the PCT can not be found.
Very low-power charger for a battery capacity – only 0.85 A. But it can work with a voltage of 220V.
Stereo is the most unpretentious, which is not surprising for the decision of the middle class.
Appearance and design Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
Design android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Classic for this manufacturer. The eye catches a flash on the front side and accented stroke front camera.
On the reverse side is waiting for us plastic glossy panel. The ends, in contrast, are made of opaque plastic. Not folding design, replace the battery alone will not be easy.
From the smart android phablet looks stylish, centered at the back of the camera lens clearly suggests that this is not a top gadget Z-series.
It is worth noting that the high-gloss finish is extremely delicate. This is the second android phablet in my practice who had the test in plastic wrap so as not to damage the coating (the first was HTC Desire 616).
The buyer can choose from different color options. Among they are black, white and mint.
Locating connectors familiar: the top is AUX-out, bottom MicroUSB.
Traditional for Sony round chrome screen lock button remained unchanged, close to it are the volume keys.
It’s nice that a separate dual-band shutter button remains untouched.
Build quality is good all the keys, the backlash is minimal, uniform gaps.
There are no problems with the fit of body panels.
On the front side is waiting for us a little bit unusual situation. In addition to the usual proximity sensors and lighting, there is a big flash and camera module. The sensors are working properly, smooth illumination change is high. However, the product of another well-known manufacturer and is not expected.
Present and LED-backlight display android phablet, which operates in mulch mode. He’s not very bright, so it will not irritate.
On the reverse side, we see the back of the camera module, an additional micro android phablet for noise reduction and / or audio recording in the video.
Safety glass slightly recessed into the body, so that problems with scratches should not be.
Rear camera lenses are large, internally prevent dust, but visible subtle defects enlightenment.
Despite the seriousness of the standards of the front camera, 13-megapixel lenses nothing remarkable not stand out, all of them smaller and easier to those on the rear module. But assembling accurate, no dust, no damage.
The boxes around the display medium in size, the navigation buttons are part of the screen. Unpleasant detail is that, although there are two slits beneath Ring dynamics by analogy with the Z-series, there is only one speaker. So what about any stereo sound question.
Build quality raises no objections, the case is not crispy and good resistance to twisting. Pleased and build quality camera modules.
Display test Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra android phablet is equipped with a six-inch IPS display. The manufacturer does not indicate the make and type of safety glass used, but the oleophobic coating is present, it is an effective and well repels dirt and fingerprints.
Screen resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD), which is enough to have never rushed pixel grid with such a large screen diagonal. Apparently, proprietary technology Triluminos not used.
Viewing angles are modest by the standards of IPS panels.
Burnout dark areas are clearly visible.
Coloring gray gradient pretty intense.
The uniformity of illumination is good.
Glow effect is not strong, irritating such behavior will not be exact.
The sensor supports up to ten simultaneous keystrokes.
Airless technology gluing (OGS) is used.
Now test the display using the calibrator X-Rite ColorMunki Display. Let’s start with the contrast of the table.
As a rule, the Japanese manufacturer continues to use it in a non-tripping mode.
Well, of course. However, the maximum physical display brightness – 416 nits. Although this option is far from industry leaders, which show about 550 nits. Contrast is average, but the eye is not evident unless you use your android phablet to open sunlight.
The situation can be refined using the built-in utility for setting the white balance. However, how to do it without the help of the calibrator – at a loss to answer.
Hardware platform and performance Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
“Under the hood” at the android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is a modern eight-SoC MediaTek MT6752. Eight cores are architecture Cortex-A53, which is not high performance, however, and her modest appetites. The maximum operating frequency of the cores – 1700 MHz.
For graphics processing responds well familiar to us the accelerator Mali-T760 MP2. This bunch should show much better than the old in every sense Qualcomm Snapdragon platform 400.
Given cached processes, you will get around 500 MB RAM of 2,000 MB. The reverse side of the beautiful shell.
Simpler games (or more correctly, the “better-optimized”?) Type Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 are no problems, the throttling device in the comfort of no effect.
As a result, the performance of the device enough, but as a reserve on the CPU and the GPU is not on there, alas.
Software and firmware Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
The android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra running Google Android 5.0.1 installed a proprietary shell, manufacturer. With it, we are familiar with, so go into this detail will not.
Shell operates relatively quickly, there is a drop in performance when switching between open applications, but that’s not really overshadows the thrill of working with the gadget.
It’s nice that the manufacturer thought about the user and provided a compression mode of the working area of the screen for easy one-handed operation.
There is a utility software updates over the air, there’s even a chance that the android phablet is upgraded to Android 6.0.
Root-access traditionally Sony models are closed, but not locked boot loader, so that serious problems should not be.
Sound – android phablet
As a rule, the android phablet Sony is a medium-quality audio chip with a weak amplifier. At the very least, that such models Xperia me across. However, our hero “creaking” climbed into the framework of “not less than -11 dB”, showing the output level of -10 dB. Whether new to surprise us?
Verify this with a test RightMark Audio Analyzer and sound cards ASUS Xonar DX.
The results are good, the frequency response is flat, not particularly worrying for nothing. Of course, I would have more power output, but Sony and such a result – not bad.
Ringing loudspeaker and a quality android phablet , but as I said, saddened by the fact that there could be two (even slots available). With a six-inch-screen stereo panorama, it could be very good, but alas. The earpiece has an impressive volume and high voice quality.
Micro android phablet quality and works in tandem with hardware noise reduction. The only drawback – the sound is sometimes passed quieter than I would like.
The power of the vibrating alert is average, which is typical for large smartphones.
Wireless interfaces and communication Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
The android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is able to work in the Wi-Fi network protocols b / g / n. It supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency band.
GPS-satellites detected instantly, even with the “cold” start, but their number is somewhat lower than we would like. Nevertheless, a fairly accurate positioning, no problems with it.
No problems with the GSM-signal and LTE is not observed for the time of testing.
Filesystem Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
Unlike its predecessor, android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra boasts 16 GB of internal storage (vs. 8).
Of these, the user can use about 8 GB. Not very impressive, but you can use a memory card MicroSD.
The speed of the memory chips is not bad. It is evident that the manufacturer did not skimp on accessories.
It supports connection to a PC through the MTP protocol. The data rate on the android phablet- 10-12 MB / s data transfer rate from the unit – ~ 20 MB / s.
The battery life of Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
The android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra has a removable battery in 2930 mAh. This is somewhat less than we would like, but cost-effective SoC must play its part.
So it turns out. The results are high.
The GFX Benchmark result is not as colorful, but among productive solutions, our hero takes pride of place.
In reality, the picture is as follows:
In practice, the android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra without difficulty “survive” until the end of the day in heavy usage scenarios.
It is noteworthy that the Stamina mode does not affect the battery life and performance for active use, and built-in battery saving Android 5.0 somehow disabled.
Camera Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
The camera interface, as one would expect, is changed to private, it a huge amount of useful and not functions.
As I mentioned in some reviews of android phablet Sony, the most interesting thing in this shell – automatic recognition of scenes. Incidentally, this same pattern is present on the Samsung. As for the rest, nothing of interest, and / or new, we did not provide.
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Drilling is not bad, but it would be more “delicate” of the system noise reduction. However, this disease of any modern matrix> 12.0 megapixels.
Spot Meter backlight does not cheat! But auto focus – easily.
Macro shots turn out well, the clarity is good.
It is very unpleasant surprised by the level of chromatic aberration (the upper part of the frame).
Night scenes work out the experimental well.
But resistance to the lens artifacts – low. This is strange, given the high quality of the assembly. Marriage?
Before frankly complex scenes even good matrix folds.
Remove the text on A4 paper for the sensor Exmor RS – no problem.
The front camera actually produces android phablet “honest” image to the 13.0 megapixels. At the same time a very wide viewing angle that will please fans of the group self.
The video quality is quite good, although the detail is very far from what you can fit in the resolution of Full HD. On the daily passage to the right side hit the frame of the film, this is not a defect.
Comparison with competitors Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual
Interestingly, six-inch segment of the market of mobile solutions android phablet almost engaged well-known manufacturers, most of whom stood on the diagonal of 5.7”, but this is still significantly less, so these options will not be considered.
Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro – the unit is slightly higher level than the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra: He got a higher resolution screen, more RAM, and battery in it a third more capacious. However, you can not just release an android phablet without openly weaknesses, so someone with Lenovo forgot the card slot.
Of those examined in our laboratory can be smart to pay attention to Philips I928 – the available contender for the role of the pockets of his pants stretchers. Its budgetary consequence of not very fresh toppings and the insufficient level of autonomy compared with modern competitors. However, for fans of solid screens this gadget could be an option to explore.
And as we consider exotic solutions Oppo R7 Plus, which in our country is already difficult to find. Overall, this is an interesting android phabletSoC fresh, and c in a good battery 4100 mAh. I doubt that he will be able to press the brainchild of Lenovo, but if the price is interesting, the chance is still there.
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, like most models of Sony Xperia, turned extremely balanced android phablet without any serious errors. Of course, we would like to see less of the brand back cover and a more powerful head android phablet amplifier, but you can not have everything at once. More precisely, it is possible, but not for the same amount.
We should praise the manufacturer for the preservation of corporate design in the middle and lower part segment of its products, the benefit of virtually any Android phabletSony looks strictly and “thoroughbred”. And also mention the dedicated dual-band key for taking pictures – very handy thing.
As a result, the update clearly was a success, compared to its predecessor a step forward is very significant, and I am not afraid of that expression, the emergence of android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra reduces the feasibility of buying Sony Xperia T2 Ultra to zero.
Pros android phablet Sony Xperia C5 Ultra:
- A good indicator of battery life;
- High build quality, thoughtful design;
- Memory card support and two SIM cards;
- Dedicated shutter key dual-band;
- Availability of LTE;
- Uncompromising camera for self;
- Low heat.
Cons android phablet:
- Very gently cover the back cover.
- Can not arrange;
- An audio amplifier is still weak.