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A review of the Sony Xperia M5 Dual; the “Aqua” is no more but what remains?



It takes a lot to remove a word from your smartphone model’s identity; evolving the Sony Xperia M series meant dropping the “Aqua” name on the Xperia M5 Dual. It’s going to take a lot more than product placement in a Bond film to revive the Japanese giant, or at least their mobile division, if they want to continue the Xperia brand.

Adopting a two-time refresh every trading year, Sony dares to do something other smartphone makers would never even suggest in boardrooms, though have they kept up a timely trend? Or have these attempts been sloppy?

What changed, other than the name?

The changes are not for show, not on the outside anyway, so don’t expect to have friends ask you about your upgrade from the Xperia M4 Aqua, you won’t be getting that. It will however, get you a speedier and more fluid experience, since internally it gets upped in all aspects. We’re talking about the same 5-inch footprint but a higher resolution screen, faster processor, more RAM, a better camera, and everything else, which we’ll delve deeper into on the following pages.