Sony released the Xperia C4 device earlier in the year, which on paper mostly looks like many other mid-range devices. It has a 64-bit, octa core MediaTek processor clocked at up to 1.7 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a 13MP rear camera. It’s powered by a 2,600 mAh battery and there’s a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen. Above this screen, Sony placed a 5MP front facing camera… complete with a LED flash. Sony built the C4 as a good choice for customers wishing to take selfies in all kinds of lighting and is one of the few (but growing) devices with a front facing flash unit. We have been seeing rumors of a possible follow up device with an improved front facing camera and now respected Twitter leakster, @upleaks, has posted up an update that simply states: “Sony Lavenderï¼Xperia C5 Ultra,” pointing towards the rumored Lavender handset as being a new Ultra-branded Sony device but instead of the earlier rumor that it will be the Xperia T4 Ultra, upleaks is suggesting it will be the Xperia C5. This has a few ramifications, not least being that we may also see a normal version of the Xperia C5, which would likely be a replacement for the Xperia C4, which was released earlier in the year. Or Sony may simply release the C5 Ultra to replace the C4 or instead supplement.
What rumors have we seen about the new Lavender handset? The stories point to Sony working on a new device with at least a 5.5-inch, 1080p display that is expected to have very slim bezels. It’s expected that the device will launch Android Lollipop at launch (and could be something of a public relations disaster if Sony released a Xperia branded device running Kit Kat in mid-2015); it is not clear, however, if the new Lavender device will run Android 5.0 or 5.1 Lollipop. In line with the selfie nature of the Xperia C4, the new device is expected to include a 13MP front facing camera complete with a LED flash. It’ll be powered by an unknown designation 64-bit MediaTek processor with 2 GB of RAM, which points towards the C5 Ultra (or T4 Ultra) as being a mid-range device. It is likely to include a MicroSD card slot to back up internal memory, which we would hope will be at least 16 GB. Unfortunately, at this juncture we do not know when the C5 or T4 Ultra may be launched, the likely price or what markets it will arrive in – but as soon as we do know, we will let you know.