Sony Xperia M5 VS Samsung Galaxy A8 Comparison, Camera Review, Benchmark, Speed Test

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Sony and Samsung Square off once again in this ultimate comparison review, as the Samsung Galaxy A8 (priced at Php 24,990) faces off with Sony’s mid-ranger Xperia M5 (Priced at Php23,390). Which of these mid-rangers can showcase more in specs, features and performances? Find out more and choose the right phone that fits you more.


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Lets start things of, with the usual, design or exterior features. The Galaxy A8 carries a full metal body, which has a body thickness measurement of 5.9mm, combined with a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display in its front. As for the Sony Xperia M5, the latter carries a 7.6mm thickness measurement, backed by its 5-inch IPS 1080p display, which is supported by Sony’s Bravia engine. The latter also has IP 68 certified features for water proof and dust-resistance capabilities.

Both devices payed tribute to a few of Sony and Samsung’s predecessor flagships as the Xperia M5 mimics the Xperia Z’s premium design and ruggedness, as well as the Xperia Z’s robust, yet elegant looking body exterior for maximum exterior appeal, while the Galaxy A8 mimics, one of Samsung’s grand flagships, the Galaxy Note 5 and uses the fingerprint sensor technology in its arsenal of specs.

The winner: Tie for impressive reminiscing features of Samsung and Sony’s predecessor devices

See also: Top 5 Reasons Why Sony Xperia M5 is better than Xperia C5 Ultra


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For display, both devices has almost identical screen sizes, with mostly landing on the 5-incher mark. The Galaxy A8 has a 5.7-inch 1080p display, with 386 pixel density count backed up with Samsung’s formidable Super AMOLED OLED tech in hand, while the Xperia M5 carries a 5-inch IPS 1080p LCD display, with 441 pixel density count, which is supported by Sony’s Bravia engine.

The thing that stood to us for the Xperia M5 is its accurate and clear display that delivers excellent display quality, for sharpness and dynamic viewing, while for us, the Galaxy A8 delivers a more higher display image quality, as well as punchier colors, which had its advantages on the Xperia M5 when it comes to brightness, but felt a bit aggressive in terms of color saturation and blending.

Considerably, Xperia M5 is one of the most impressive 5-incher IPS LCD display in the market for mid-ranged smartphones, which actually gave it a flagship-like feel. However, both delivered excellent display quality overall, so for the display department, it seems its a draw.

The winner: Tie for excellent display quality from both devices

See also: Apple iPhone 6S VS Sony Xperia M5 Comparison, Camera Review, Benchmarks


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Lets now move on to camera, both devices are actually good shooters, with the Galaxy A8’s 16MP rear shooter and 5MP selfie shooter in its sleeves, while the Xperia M5 carries a bigger gun, with its 21.2MP rear shooter and 13MP selfie shooter to back it up. However, it seems that the Xperia M5’s camera sensor, showcases a better experience overall, with its more accurate and sharp outputs, that deliver very impressive image outputs with top notch and accurate details, as well as sharp and clear.

Adding to this is the Xperia M5’s better noise handling than the Galaxy A8, which helped the device adjust to certain changes in the environment, like daylight to dim and location shifts. The Xperia M5 also carried an excellent HDR mode output, which was very satisfactorily to say the least.

Despite these advantages, the Galaxy A8 wouldn’t go down without a fight and oh boy, it sure put up quite a fight.  Exposure-wise the Galaxy A8 showcase better colour blending and colour strength than the Xperia M5, which is actually not a bad way to fight back. And in terms of Selfie shooting, both devices were at par in image quality, which is quite unexpected for the Galaxy A8, since the latter carries a pretty vanilla-like front facing shooter of 5MP, which was able to par up with the Xperia M5’s 13MP selfie shooter. Great indeed.

The winner: Sony Xperia M5 for excellent still image quality

For video performance, it was a hands down win for the Xperia M5, showcasing the power of its 4K UHD video recorder that surpassed the Galaxy A8s.  The Xperia M5 showcased accurate colour blendings and colour combinations, as well as a more dynamic and stabilized video output, which was quite expected from this particular round. Truth be told, it was only in the audio part that the Galaxy A8 surpassed the Xperia M5, as well as it pared up for the focusing category, which is quite a shocker, since the Xperia M5 has one fast autofocus, which was apparently pared up by Samsung’s Galaxy A8. A great achievement by the Galaxy A8, but was not enough to beat the Xperia M5

The winner: Sony Xperia M5 for excellent video quality

See also: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Specs Comparison VS Xperia M5 and iPhone 6S

Performance, benchmarks and speed test

Before we head on to the Performance round, lets check the tale of the tapes. The Galaxy A8  is no pushover, in terms of system, thanks to its Snapdragon 615 chip, backed up 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with a microSD expandability limit of 128GB, the device carries 2 Cortex A-53 processor’s in its arsenal and Adreno 405 GPU, which is very vanilla, but not something that’ll go down without a fight. On the other side lies the Xperia M5, with its MediaTek Helio x10 chip, backed up by 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which has a 200GB microSD expandability limit. The Xperia M5 is a true blue powerhouse, with its 8x 2.0GHz Cortex A-53 processor, backed with a PowerVR G6200 GPU. Both devices carry the Android Lollipop version, though the Xperia M5 is expected to be updated to the up-to-date Marshmallow version. Now, lets begin the performance and speed test round.

For the boot up speed test conducted on both devices, the Galaxy A8 was triumphant over the Xperia M5, with the A8 providing a more quick and efficient boot up loading speed than its opponent, the Xperia M5.

For the benchmark tests on the two, the Galaxy A8 showcased its more up-to-date and feisty system, which again, takes the Galaxy A8 in the winning circle. Boasting 3 victories out of 3 conducted benchmarks on both devices.

Here are the benchmark ratings for both devices

  • AnTuTu: Samsung Galaxy A8 – 48405, Sony Xperia M5 – 40003
  • Basemark OS II: Samsung Galaxy A8 – 920, Sony Xperia M5 – 976
  • Geekbench: Samsung Galaxy A8 – single core: 937, multi-core: 3258, Sony Xperia M5 – single core: 744, multi core: 3234

For actual speed test or application speed test conducted on both devices, it seems that the Galaxy A8 solidifies its victory on the Xperia M5, in terms of system, with the latter showing a faster and efficient game loading speed and game boot up speed overall.

See also: Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual VS Samsung Galaxy A8 Comparison, Camera Review, Benchmarks, Speed Tests


For speaker, the Xperia M5 showcases a more powerful base and treble than its opponent, the Galaxy A8, and for overall output quality, it seems that the Xperia M5 showcases a calmer and cooler feel to it, fit more acoustic and slow music. Despite this little thing we noticed on the Xperia M5, the A8’s speakers aren’t bad to say the least, it was okay, volume and quality wise, but to us, the Xperia M5 still wins, hands down.

The winner: Sony Xperia M5 for its superior speaker quality

See also: Five Reasons Why The Galaxy A8 is Better Than The Xperia C5 Ultra

Price and conclusion

Exterior and shooting – wise, the Xperia M5 has a lot of advantages on the Galaxy A8, for it is well-equipped in that particular category, likewise to the Galaxy A8 on system, which showcases a more powerful and compelling system in its back and provides the device with top notch performances and experiences. Overall verdict for this comparison depends heavily whether you want a more camera heavy smartphone or would rather want a performance heavy phone, where in which i could recommend you the Xperia M5 and Galaxy A8 on their respective fortes.

The Sony Xperia M5 is now available in the Philippines for Php 23,390 on any retail outlets and Sony stores in the country, while the Galaxy A8 is also available here, for a price of Php 24,990 on any retail outlets  and online stores in the country. Please share your thoughts on this review comparison by hitting us up on the comments section below. We highly appreciate feedbacks from you guys.

And also, if you have the time, you can also check out the video version of the review comparison.

Specs/PH Price

Samsung Galaxy A8 specs, PH price, features

Sony Xperia M5 specs, PH price, features

Display 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 386ppi 5-inch IPS 1080p LCD display, Bravia engine, 441ppi
Size 5.9mm thickness, 151g weight 7.6mm thickness, 142g weight
Color Pearl white, midnight black, champagne gold Black, gold, white
Protection Cornings Gorilla Glass 4 scratch-resistant glass, IP68   water and dust resistant
Chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset MediaTek Helio X10 octacore chipset
Processor Quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 processor 8x 2.0GHz Cortex A54 processor
Graphics Adreno 405 GPU PowerVR G6200 GPU
Memory 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB 3GB RAM, 16GB internal, microSD card 200GB max
Main shooter 16MP rear shooter 21.2MP AF, phase detection, fast focus, LED flash
Multimedia 1080p@30fps video 4K UHD video, HDR
Front facing shooter 5MP selfie shooter, 1080p 13MP AF, 1080p video
Connectivity 4G LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, FM Radio   with RDS recording WiFi ac, Bt 4.1, GPS, NFC, dual SIM 4G LTE, FM radio
OS Android 5.1 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop update to 6.0 Marshmallow
Software feature Ok Google, Android TV Xperia UI (close to stock Android experience)
Battery Capacity 3050mAh battery 2600mAh battery
Ports and charging microUSB v2.0 microUSB 2.0, MHL
Release date August September
Official Price Php 24,990 PH price in Lazada PH, as of October 16, 2015 P23,390 from Sony PH | Our unit bought from hotgadgets
Where to buy? Online stores like Lazada, Hotgadgets and official retail stores, Samsung stores Lazada, Hotgadgets, Sony PH store and other Online stores or retail sellers

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