Samsung and Sony take the stage with their mid ranger devices in this Ultimate comparison, as Samsung’s Galaxy A8 (priced at Php 24,990) takes on Sony’s Xperia C5 Ultra (priced at Php 19,190). Who’ll be the victor and most importantly, which of their specs, features, price and overall performance suits you better?
The Xperia C5 Ultra has a very awesome oleophobic back coating, which makes the C5 glossy and sophisticated-looking. The C5 Ultra also has really thin near to zero bezels, which we can’t help but praise, for the maximized usage of space. It also has a 75.9% screen-to-body ratio, which is relatively balanced to say the least, though provides a bit in utility and finesse, which is always a good thing on our book. It has a pretty cool 13MP rear and front shooter, which is pretty cool, since both shooters contain an equal amount of megapixel rate, for output consistency.
On the Other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A8 is no pushover, mainly because of its really elegant-looking metal body, which also adds up to the device’s overall robust-like feel and makes the device really masculine and elegant at the same time. The device also features hybrid nano-SIM card slot, as well as fingerprint sensor for good measures.
The Galaxy A8’s full-metal body, when paired with the Xperia M5’s glossy oleophobic back is quite something to look at. Both are sophisticated and elegant in their own special way. The Xperia C5 Ultra however, features a dedicated shutter key, which is not available on the Galaxy A8. Although, the Galaxy A8 features fingerprint sensor which is something that the Xperia C5 Ultra doesn’t have in its arsenal of tools. To sum it all up, overall design for both devices seemingly at par, with one another, which makes the battle for design, tie, in all manner.
The winner: Tie for their equally elegant and sophisticated exterior design.
The Xperia C5 Ultra carries around a whopping 6-inch IPS LCD display, with a 367 calculated pixel density, while the Galaxy A8 sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED FHD display, with a 386 calculated pixel density. In terms of display quality, it seems that the Galaxy A8 showcases a more reliable display imagery, which in comparison to the Xperia C5 Ultra, shows a more excellent light adaptability feature. Though we can’t count out the Xperia C5 Ultra yet, the Xperia C5 Ultra, despite showing of a washed out display quality, still provided a decent display brightness and sharpness level, which is quite expected from the Xperia C5 Ultra. With that however, despite of Xperia C5 Ultra’s grand effort to get back in the game, the Galaxy A8 was still triumphant in the display category.
The winner: Samsung Galaxy A8, for its better adaptability feature and overall better display quality
The Xperia C5 Ultra carries around a 13MP rear shooter, while the Galaxy A8 carries a 16MP rear shooter. Both devices have strong shooting capabilities, but which among these two will take things to the next level.
For daylight shooting, it seems that the Galaxy A8 provided accurate white balance blendings on its outputs, while the Xperia C5 Ultra simply showcased very sharp and clear outputs, which to tell you the truth looks very strong in their own respected aspects.
For lowlight shooting and selfie shooting, exposure and overall white balance accuracy on the Galaxy A8 were seen to be more on point that the C5 Ultra, which again, showcases the Galaxy A8’s accurate shooter, however, sharpness was Xperia C5 Ultra’s saving grace, as it provide really sharp and clear lowlight and night outputs, which is pretty rare for a device. Despite being a bit advantageous in sharpness, the C5 Ultra couldn’t push a bit more in terms of lowlight shooting and both drew down the line and came in, par with each other.
The winner for still image: Tie for equally providing advantages with one another.
For video, the C5 Ultra showcased a more well-inclined exposure rate and a more efficient focusing speed than its opponent. The Galaxy A8, however, the Galaxy A8 showed a few advantages in audio on video recognition, which is something to be considered, when purchasing a smartphone shooter that will be primarily used for video. In terms of output sharpness, both delivered an excellent output overall, which is expected from both of them.
The winner for video performance: Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, for its sharp and excellent exposure rate in video recording.
Performance, Speed test and benchmarks
Both devices have just been recently launched, so both devices carry a pretty decently dated system in their arsenal. The Samsung Galaxy A8 carries a Snapdragon 615 chipset, in contrast to the MediaTek 6752 chip that is found in the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra. The Galaxy A8 is backed up by 2GB of RAM, with 32GB of internal storage and with a 128GB microSD expandability capacity, while the Xperia C5 has a similar 2GB of RAM, but is backed up by 16GB of internal storage and has a similar 128GB microSD expandability capacity. Both are running with Android Lollipop, with the only difference in version, since the Galaxy A8 carries 5.1 version of Lollipop, while the Xperia C5 Ultra has 5.0 version of Lollipop, which can be upgraded to the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
For boot up speed, it seems that the Galaxy A8 showcased a better boot up loading time than its opponent, the Xperia C5 Ultra. The Galaxy A8 bettered the Xperia C5 Ultra, in just a fraction of a second, giving the Galaxy A8, the win, in terms of boot up speed.
In the benchmark tests conducted on both devices, it seems that the Galaxy A8 bested again its opponent, proving that its system is no run-of-the-mill system, and giving the Sony mid ranger a run for its money. The Galaxy A8 performs better than the Xperia C5 Ultra in both benchmark tests, done on both device.
Here are the benchmarks ratings for the devices
- AnTuTu: Sony Xperia C5 Ultra – 45737, Samsung Galaxy A8 – 48736
- Basemark OS: Sony Xperia C5 Ultra – 895, Samsung Galaxy A8 – 1028
In the conducted actual speed test or application tests, the Galaxy A8 showed supremacy once again, by beating the C5 Ultra’s loading time and providing a more efficiend and quick application loading time, solidifying its victory on the performance, speed test and benchmark category
The winner: Samsung Galaxy A8 in all conducted tests in Performance, Speed tests and benchmarks
For speaker quality, it was easily seen that the Galaxy A8 provide superior audio quality and volume, in comparison to the Xperia C5 Ultra’s sound outputs. The Xperia C5 Ultra’s outputs weren’t exactly bad to say the least, it just happens that the Galaxy A8 trumps the Xperia C5 Ultra with its very volume-wise and quality-wise audio output, which gave the Galaxy A8 this particular round.
The winner: Samsung Galaxy A8 for its outstanding audio quality and volume level.
Price and conclusion
Truth be told, the Samsung Galaxy A8 had a lot of strong qualities that the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra couldn’t reach. System-wise, despite being a bit more pricey than the C5 Ultra, i think the Galaxy A8 is a worthy, since it delivers a pretty high-caliber performance. But design-wise, both phones have a few noteworthy things in hand, which makes both phones a worthy buy.
The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is available for Php 19,190 here in the Philippines, while the Samsung Galaxy A8 is currently priced at Php 24,990. Please leave your comments and suggestions on the comments section below, to share your thoughts and reactions on this comparison. We highly appreciate feedbacks from you guys.
And also, check out this video version of the Galaxy A8 VS C5 Ultra comparison
Samsung Galaxy A8 specs, PH price, features
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual specs, PH price, features
|Display||5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 386ppi||6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display BraviaEngine 2, 367ppi|
|Size||5.9mm thickness, 151g weight||8.2mm thickness, 187g weight|
|Color||Pearl white, midnight black, champagne gold||Black, white, mint|
|Protection||Cornings Gorilla Glass 4||Scratch-resistant glass|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset||MediaTek 6752 octacore chipset|
|Processor||Quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 processor||8 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 processor|
|Graphics||Adreno 405 GPU||Mali-T760MP2|
|Memory||2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB||2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB|
|Main shooter||16MP rear shooter||13MP rear shooter, AF, LED flash|
|Multimedia||1080p@30fps video||1080p FHD video, HDR|
|Front facing shooter||5MP selfie shooter, 1080p||13MP selfie shooter, 1080p video, LED flash|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, FM Radio with RDS recording||WiFi a, BT 4.1, GPS, NFC, dual-SIM 4G LTE, FM Radio|
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.0 to be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Software feature||Ok Google, Android TV||Xperia UI (close to stock Android experience)|
|Battery Capacity||3050mAh battery||2950mAh battery|
|Ports and charging||microUSB v2.0||microUSB v2.0, MHL|
|Official Price||Php 24,990 PH price in Lazada PH, as of October 16, 2015||Php 19,190 from Sony PH| bought device from onestoptech|
|Where to buy?||Online stores like Lazada, Hotgadgets and official retail stores, Samsung stores||Online stores like lazada, onestoptech and official retailers, Sony PH store|
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