Back in August 2015 Sony announced the Sony Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra pro-selfie phones, and finally in January 2016 you can now pre-order the Sony M5. Read on to find out more about the Sony Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra UK release date, price and specs. You'll also like: 20 best phones 2016, best budget smartphones 2016 and 20 best selfie phones

Sony Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra UK release date and price

Sony originally said the Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra would be available in the middle of August. Erm... Now, thanks to Carphone Warehouse, we know that the M5 will be available in early February 2016, although you can pre-order it now. Carphone Warehouse is offering the Sony Xperia M5 with an upfront cost of £29.99 on a £17-a-month plan on Vodafone, including 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data - click here to pre-order the Sony Xperia M5.

There's no official release date for the C5 Ultra, although you can pick one up from unofficial vendors such as Simply Electronics for around £215. Incidentally, Simply Electronics also lists the Xperia M5 for around £244. Both are 'Dual' versions of the smartphone, which should mean they're dual-SIM. Iit also means they are not the UK versions, of course, so be sure to check your mobile network is supported before you buy.

Sony Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra: UK Specifications

The main feature of these two smartphones is their advanced camera quality.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

The Xperia C5 Ultra gives you 13-megapixel Exmor RS front and rear cameras. That’s a nice feature that selfie lovers will appreciate.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra_camera

The front camera has a 22m wide-angle lens and selfie flash.

Both cameras display HRD, auto pre-set modes and 4x digital focus.

Apart from the camera, the Xperia C5 Ultra has a 6-inch full-HD IPS display with 1920x1080 resolution and tiny bezels. According to Sony, Xperia C5 Ultra gives you “near borderless” display.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra_display

It features a 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 4G support.

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It packs 16 GB of internal memory. Is it not enough? Sony gives you microSD card slot, meaning that you can further expand the internal memory.

Xperia C5 Ultra will run Android 5.0 Lollipop and will feature a 2930mAh battery. According to Sony, it will last up to two days. We’ll see about that.

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Xperia C5 Ultra comes in three different colours- Black, White and cool Mint.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra_colours

Here are key specifications:

• OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
• Screen: 6in Full-HD IPS 1920x1080 pixels
• Processor: 1.7 GHz MediaTek MTK6752 with 64-bit octa-core
• RAM: 2GB
• Storage: 16 GB, with up to 200 GB via microSD card
• Cameras: 13Mp rear and front
• Video Capture: 1080p
• Battery: 2930mAh
• Dimensions: 164.2x79.6x8.2 mm
• Weight: 187g
• SIM: Micro-SIM
• Bluetooth 4.1
• NFC, GPS

Sony Xperia M5

Xperia M5 is a little powerful handset that packs a punch. We are getting quite excited about it.

It features a 5-inch full-HD IPS display with 1920x1080 resolution, enclosed in an alluminium frame with glossy edges.

Sony Xperia M5_display

It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz with 3GB of RAM. It features a 16 GB internal memory that can be expanded via microSD card.

The quality of the camera is really promising. Xperia M5 features a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor.

The rear camera will have a 21.5-megapixel Exmor RS sensor with hybrid autofocus, f/2.2 lens and fast autofocusing (0.2 seconds). Xperia M5’s rear camera will be capable of 5x digital zoom with imperceptible loss in quality and 4K video recording.

Sony Xperia M5_camera

It will run Android 5.0 Lollipop and will come with a 2600 mAh battery that should last for up to two days.

Xperia M5 will be available in three different versions- Black, White and Gold. It will also feature a single-SIM and double-SIM edition.

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Sony Xperia M5_colours

Nicely, Xperia M5 will be water and dust resistant, just in case you’ll be caught in a storm while you will be taking a selfie.

Here are key specifications:

• OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
• Screen: 5in Full-HD IPS 1920x1080 pixels
• Processor: 2.0 GHz MediaTek Helio X10 with 64-bit octa-core
• RAM: 3GB
• Storage: 16 GB, with up to 200 GB via microSD card
• Cameras: 21.5Mp rear and 13Mp front
• Video Capture: FHD 1080p
• Battery: 2600mAh
• Dimensions: 145x72x7.6 mm
• Weight: 42.5g (SS) and 42.6 (DS)
• SIM: Micro-SIM
• Bluetooth 4.1
• NFC, GPS

Both Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 will have similar design - glass on the front and the rear and a glossy aluminium frame.