Sony Xperia M5

Sony has launched the Xperia M5 in India, offering the dual-SIM variant of the handset in the country. Available in gold and white, the waterproof phone is up for sale starting today from retail stores for an unexpectedly high ₹37,999 ($572).

By comparison, the LG G4 is now available for just under ₹38,000, and the 32GB version of the Galaxy S6 is also selling at the same price. While the Korean flagships are offering QHD displays and high-end processors, Sony is sticking with a 5-inch Full HD display and MediaTek's Helio X10 SoC, which was most recently seen in Xiaomi's Redmi Note 2, a handset that costs just a shade over $160.

Other specs of the Xperia M5 include 16GB internal memory, 3GB RAM, microSD slot, 21MP camera with 4K video recording, 13MP front camera, 4G connectivity and a 2,600mAh battery, with Android 5.0 Lollipop running the show.

With the Xperia Z5 likely to make its debut in the country shortly, it is hard to recommend the M5. If the device would've launched at the same time as the Xperia C5 as it was initially planned to, Sony may have seen a decent amount of consumer interest. But with the latest batch of flagships around the corner, the Xperia M5 will soon be obsolete, unless its price sees a drastic reduction shortly after launch.

Xperia M5 Dual on Sony India