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Sony is doubling down on the selfie phone concept with the massive Xperia C5 Ultra, featuring 13MP cameras on the front and back.

The Xperia C5 Ultra is the bigger, badder successor of the Xperia C4, which Sony introduced just three months ago. While the C4 featured a rather unremarkable 5MP sensor for the front camera, the C5 Ultra upgrades to 13MP, which is what many high-end smartphones offer on the rear.

The other highlight feature of the Xperia C5 Ultra is the massive 6-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. Sony is jumping on the “bezel-less” bandwagon, and the result is pretty striking. With a 6-inch panel though, and sizeable bezels on the top and bottom, the C5 Ultra is very large: for reference, at 164.2 mm, it’s taller than the Nexus 6 and even the iPhone 6 Plus (with the benefit of a larger screen, of course). The device is 8.2 mm thick and weighs 187 grams.

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Processing duties are handled by an octa-core MediaTek MTK6752 clocked at 1.7 GHz (Mali760 MP2 GPU), with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD. The battery is a very decent 2,930-mAh unit, but though truth be told, a little extra capacity would have been nice given the oversized profile of the phone. Still, Sony promises “up to two-day battery life.”

Back to the cameras, the rear unit features a 13MP Sony Exmor RS sensor, with a 25mm 85° wide-angle lens, and HDR for photos and videos. The front shooter is also 13MP Exmor RS, with an 88° degree angle, HDR for photos and videos, and a Selfie flash. You can expect a variety of software features to make the most of your self-portraits.

The Xperia C5 Ultra integrates many of Sony’s proprietary technologies, including in the display area (Bravia Engine 2, Super Vivid Mode), sound (Clear Bass, xLOUD) and battery (Stamina mode). Overall, the C5 Ultra should be a capable media-centric device, and the front camera capabilities will make it stand out in the crowd.

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The Xperia C5 Ultra will be offered in black, white, and mint starting with mid-August in “select emerging markets.” Actual price and availability by market will be announced at a later date.

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London, 3rd August 2015 Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today reveals two new smartphones with the introduction of Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 to its impressive range of devices. Offering advances in camera, design, battery and performance, the products support Sony’s leadership in the smartphone market.

“We are pleased to present two new products that highlight Sony’s advances in camera technology,” said Tony McNulty, Vice-President, Value Category Business Management at Sony Mobile Communications. “We understand that camera capabilities are important to smartphone users, so we ensured that Sony’s existing camera brilliance was once again surpassed in the new Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 without compromising on other features across design and performance.”

Xperia C5 Ultra – the all new PROselfie smartphone with two 13-megapixel cameras and an innovative near borderless 6” Full HD display

Starting with the Xperia C3, Sony Mobile has been the front runner to address the digital native’s need with our PROselfie offering. Xperia C5 Ultra incorporates an industry first twin 13-megapixel front and rear camera, which offers stunning high-resolution imagery. Whether you’re shooting incredible scenery or taking a selfie with friends, your images are always captured in crystal clear quality. Both cameras include Sony’s leading Exmor RS™ sensor, HDR for picture and video, and an easy to use preset Auto scene recognition mode that analyses and adjusts settings automatically to give the perfect results every time.

Selfies are also enhanced with the integration of Sony’s enhanced Selfie Flash that supports the front camera and lightens up more of the frame to ensure every part of your photograph’s beauty is captured. The device’s 22mm wide-angle lens also means that you can fit more in the frame. Unleash your creativity with a host of Selfie camera applications that are available to download.

Xperia C5 Ultra provides a high quality viewing experience, with its large display, complete with a super-thin bezel for a near borderless display. The large 6” Full HD display with IPS featuring Sony’s TV technology Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 lets you enjoy your videos and pictures in the finest detail. A one-handed operation mode is also available to help you easily use the device with options for both right-handed and left-handed users.

With an aluminium frame and three colour variations, including black, white and a glossy soft mint, Xperia C5 Ultra offers a premium design, whilst allowing you to showcase your individual style. Sleek, stylish and a comfortable fit in the hand, Xperia C5 Ultra feels as good as it looks.

Performance is assured thanks to the advanced 1.7 GHz 64 bit Octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and 4G network support for a fast user experience. With the reliable up to two-day battery life(1), and up to 7 hours 47 minutes(2) of video playback, you will never have to worry about losing power during important moments. What’s more, Ultra STAMINA Mode optimises battery usage further to ensure it is used most effectively.

Xperia M5 – Sony camera brilliance packed in a premium waterproof(3) design

Following Xperia M4 Aqua’s success in raising the bar and defining the “super mid-range” with its camera leadership, Xperia M5 has an even more impressive 21.5MP rear camera that lets you snap extraordinary moments like a pro. When you can’t get near enough to your subject, 5x Clear Image Zoom allows you to get close without losing any quality.

With the power to capture videos in 4K, Xperia M5 offers the quality and performance of a compact digital camera. The result is sharp, clear and bright footage every time.

Sony’s camera brilliance doesn’t end there – Xperia M5 has a powerful 13MP front-facing ‘selfie cam’, which also comes with integrated autofocus and Full-HD video recording, so you can take exquisite selfies to share with friends and family.

What’s more, a host of camera applications elevate your selfies to the next level – including Face in picture, AR mask and Style portrait.

Boasting a sharp, bright and vivid 5” Full HD display, your favourite Sony entertainment will really come to life. Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 gives you enhanced sharpness and contrast for immersive viewing, whilst IPS ensures excellent viewing at any angle and accurate colours from edge to edge.

Unique like our flagship devices, Xperia M5 is also waterproof and dust-tight(3), with a capless USB port for added convenience and easy charging. With a waterproof smartphone, you don’t need to worry if your device gets dirty, just rinse it off under the tap. It is also protected against accidental splashes, so you can use your Xperia M5 under the rain or shine, wherever you are.

For beauty and perfection in every direction, Xperia M5 features Sony’s distinctive design with the OmniBalance style in a sleek premium glass finish on both sides. It is also designed for durability with stainless steel corners to protect against bumps.

Xperia M5 integrates a large 2,600mAh battery offering up to two-days battery life(1), so you don’t have to worry about charging your phone every day. An impressive 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor powered by MediaTek Helio X10 with 3GB RAM provides amazing performance and speed to optimise your battery life. Meanwhile, ultra-fast smartphone connectivity is enabled with 4G, for quick downloading of audio and video content.

Both Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 also have an expandable memory with up to 200GB uSD card and the devices are available in both Single and Dual SIM variants. Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 will be available in selected countries across emerging markets from mid August.

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Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.