Difference Between Sony Xperia M5 and Galaxy S6

Key Difference – Sony Xperia M5 vs Galaxy S6

The Key difference between Sony Xperia M5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 is that the Xperia M5 is specially designed for photography with the ability to take high quality selfies whereas the Galaxy S6 has a high quality screen comprising of high resolution and pixel density. Let us take a closer look and decipher what other features these smartphones offer.

Galaxy S6 Review- Features and Specifications

The Galaxy S6 is a smartphone that has been completely redesigned when compared with its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S5. The phone is made from a combination of high quality glass and metal.Samsung released two phones this year; Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Both have almost same features. The only significant difference being the curved edges which make  Galaxy Edge more expensive. So many people may go for  Galaxy S6, as it offers the best value for money over the elegant Galaxy S6 edge. Both  Galaxy S6 and  Galaxy S6 Edge can be called the best android flagship phones of the year.


The Galaxy S6 does not only have to compete with other flagship phones but also with its own Galaxy S6 Edge curved screen phone. The advantage Galaxy S6 has over Galaxy S6 edge is its relatively lower price. Many features like the build and detail of the phone are same in both phones.


The Galaxy S6 comes with a premium quality; use of quality materials in the form of glass and metal add value to the phone. Although the metal glass design looks great, the problem is that it makes the phone really slippery, and it  could fall out of you hand or pocket easily. The back cover made out of glass also creates a problem when using it single-handedly. The Samsung’s faux-leather panel would have provided a better grip than the glass back panel. The Galaxy S6 also seems to be wider due to its rounded edges.


The dimensions of the Galaxy S6 is 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm. The weight of the phone is 138g. These dimensions beat most of its competitors like the HTC One M9 and the LG G4. Compared to the LG G4 and HTC One M9, the Galaxy S6 feel much conformable in the hand and pocket.


The Processor that comes with Galaxy S6 is Samsung’s very own processor which is powerful and fast beating many of its rivals with fast application speeds.  The processor that is powering the phone under the hood is the 64-bit Samsung Exynos 7420 CPU. The applications load without any delay and the secret behind the speed is the 14 nm fabrication process of the processor which enables  it to function without overheating and run using less power than the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Out of the 8 cores in the processor 4  processors are dedicated to heavy lifting with a clock speed of 2.1 GHz and light weight applications use the other four processors clocked at 1.5 GHz. This saves power by not clocking at full capacity all the while. The 64 bit help the OS to operate faster as well.


The Galaxy S6 comes with the stunning 5.1 inch AMOLED display with a breathtaking resolution of 2560×1440 combined with a pixel density of 577ppi. This pixel density is known to be the best for any handset. The AMOLED display produces more color accurate images and contrast. Blacks are also produced as dark as they come, making it the best display up-to-date. The problem with these type of screen is that brightness is dimmer than its adversaries as LCD is capable of producing a brighter screen than the AMOLED display.

Samsung has addressed this issue. As soon as the phone is taken outdoors, the automatic brightness setting causes the screen to brighten up. This is good news especially for people who  travel a lot and use their phones outdoors. This being in the auto mode also provides an advantage, as it keeps the battery in check and does not let it drain too quickly.


The battery capacity of the phone stands at 2550mAh. The battery capacity is sufficient enough to beat many of  its competitors like iPhone 6, HTC One M9, and LG G4. The battery is not removable but as an add-on it is equipped with wireless charging. Fast charging is also available where a 10-minute charge will provide 4 hours of battery life.


The Android 5.0 combined with the touch Wiz interface is more streamlined than ever. Only a few pre-installed apps are welcome feature as it reduces the clutter and gives more options for the user. One noteworthy feature is that the Galaxy S6 is able to support two applications simultaneously which are displayed on the multi-screen.


The Galaxy S6 comes with a camera with a sensor resolution of 16 megapixels. The aperture is f/1.9 which is able to let in more light and capture more details than its predecessor. There is Optical stabilization support to reduce the blur and increase the detail in low light conditions. The fingerprint sensor or the home button is able to initialize the camera in less than a second so that you do not need to miss any important shots. Images captured using this camera are detailed, vibrant, color accurate and bright. The camera also supports the HDR mode and Auto mode which suit different situations. Virtual shot produces a 3D shot with the rotation of the camera around the object, Time-lapse and slow-motion features with 240 frames per second are also great additions to the camera.


The storage cannot be expanded using a micro SD card, and the phone is only reliant on internal memory.  The reason behind this is that the casing can be made complete, and there will be no need for a flap to cover the micro USB port. The internal storage of the phone come in three flavors. They are 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.


Connectivity is supported in a variety of ways. LTE Cat.6 Cn support a speed of 300Mbps while Wi-Fi 802.11ac can support speed of up to 620Mbps. Bluetooth connectivity is also supported. A variety of sensors are also available to keep track of the environment and you. The heart rate monitor and the accelerometer are  few of the sensors available. The fingerprint scanner on the home button has been enhanced further. By holding the thumb down on the home button, the phone can be unlocked easily rather than swiping as with the Galaxy S5. This is more responsive, and the biometric design is preferred over digits as it is unique and more secure. Samsung Pay is also another feature that is expected to be launched soon, which will take advantage of the fingerprint scanner.Sony Xperia M5 and Galaxy

 Sony Xperia M5 Review- Features and Specifications

The Sony Xperia M5 is making headlines for its waterproof design, 13 megapixel selfie camera and an even better rear camera supporting 21.5 megapixels. Sony is aiming to capture the smartphone market by using the phone’s photographic features’ which are really impressive.


The Xperia M5 is mainly designed with protection and durability in mind. Corners are protected with a stainless steel finish. The frame is designed to take the tool if the phone is dropped accidentally.


The Xperia M5 comes with a 5 inch display which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 full HD. The pixel density of the phone is at 440 ppi which produce sharp, crisp images.


The rear camera is capable of supporting a resolution of 21.5 megapixels whereas the front facing camera resolution stands at 13 megapixels. Both cameras are equipped with Exmor RS™ which enhances photos to provide sharper and vivid images with reduced noise. Armed with 4K videoing, the Xperia M5 will arguably be the best photographic smartphone produced so far and the smartphone photographer’s choice. Even the front camera is able to record 1080p which is a special feature. The clear image zoom is able to support 5X which is further enhanced with hybrid autofocus. Image stabilization and video stabilization also come with the Xperia M5 in addition to auto scene recognition. Focusing is also fast with the use of a combination of phase detection autofocus for faster shutter speeds and contrast detection autofocus for enhanced precision. AF coverage enables to focus all areas, including the corners. It also consists of a HDR mode which is capable of shooting 4K video that  supports a resolution of 3840X 2160 pixels which is found in compact cameras.

Processor, RAM

The Xperia M5 is powered by Octa core 64 bit MediaTek Helio X10 processor with a clocking speed of 2GHz. The memory available on the device is 3GB, which is ample space for multi-tasking and heavy tasks. The GPU is powered using the IMG Rogue G6200 processor.


The internal storage built into the device is 16 GB, which can be expanded by 200GB with the use of a micro SD support. The expandable storage is key as it may turn out that the built-in storage is not enough.


The battery capacity supported by the Xperia M5 stands at 2600mAh. Due to the power consumption of the display, the Xperia M5 would only be able to last its standard battery life. Sony has claimed that the Xperia M5 would be able to last 2 days. This could only be achieved through optimization of the phone most probably with the use of options like ultra-stamina mode. Capless USB charging is also available with the phone.


The Xperia M5 comes with Android Lollipop.

Special Features

The Xperia M5 is waterproof and dust tight. So it will be able to survive an accidental splash or an intended dip in the pool. It has an IP65/68 which is the highest value for any smartphone according to Sony. It is safe up to 1.5m under water. A cool feature is the fact that the phone can be used to take underwater photos as well.


Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n).  It also has a built-in Cat4 4G/LTE modem which supports speeds up to 150Mbps.


The Xperia M5 is available in Black, White and Gold colorsdifference between Sony Xperia M5 and Galaxy S6

What is the difference between Sony Xperia M5 and Galaxy S6?

Differences in Specifications of Sony Xperia M5 and Galaxy S6


Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 supports Android 5.0

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 supports Android 5.0, 5.1 with a TouchWiz UI


Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 dimension are 145 x 72 x 7.6 mm

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 dimension are 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

The Xperia M5 is a larger phone than the Galaxy S6


Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 weight is 142g

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 weight is 138g

The Galaxy S6 is a lighter phone, but the difference is only a mere 4g

 Water, Dust resistant

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 is water and dust resistant

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 is not water nor dust resistant

The Xperia M5 has an edge on this end over Galaxy S6

 Display Size

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 display is 5.0 inches

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 display is 5.1 inches

The Galaxy S6 has a larger display comparatively

 Display resolution

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 display resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 display resolution is 1440 x 2560 pixels

The Galaxy S6 has a better resolution screen than the Xperia M5

 Pixel Density

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 pixel density is 441 ppi

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 pixel density is 577 ppi

The Galaxy S6 is able to provide a sharper crisper image than the Xperia M5

 Display Technology

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 consists of an IPS LCD Display

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 consists of a Super AMOLED display

The AMOLED displays are known to produce high contrast and saturated images whereas the IPS LCD provide great angle viewing where angled view does not affect what you see on the display

 Screen-to-body ratio

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 screen to body ratio stands at 66.11 %

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 screen to body ratio stands at 70.48 %

 Rear Camera

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 rear camera resolution is 21.5 megapixels

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 rear camera resolution is 16 megapixels

We can expect a sharper more detailed image on the Xperia M5 than the Galaxy S6

 Rear Camera Aperture

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 rear camera aperture is f/2.2

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 rear camera aperture is f/1.9

The Galaxy S6 will let in more light to the sensor than the Xperia M5 which increases the detail of the image

 System Chip

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 system chip is MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 system chip is Exynos 7 Octa 7420


Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 processor is a 64-bit 8-core, 2 GHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 processor is a 64 bit 8-core, 2.1GHz, ARM Cortex-A57, and A53 processor

 Graphics Processor

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 GPU is PowerVR G6200

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 GPU is PowerVR G6200

 Built in Storage

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 built-in storage stands at 16GB, expandable storage supported

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 built-in storage stands at 128GB, expandable storage not supported

Battery Capacity

Xperia M5: The Xperia M5 battery capacity is 2600mAh

Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S6 battery capacity is 2550mAh

The Xperia M5 is mainly targeting the photographic audience who want a smartphone that can be used for high quality photography.But the Samsung Galaxy S6 is not far behind as it has many of the key features that a photographer might want. As both smartphones are one of the best produced by their respective companies, the fight will begin as to which phone will hold the upper hand with the features on offer.

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