Sony has added a new gem to its popular Xperia series, the all new Sony Xperia M. The new handset is targeted at budget android device, and stands along with the existing Sony Xperia L. The 4 inch handset has FWVGA display with resolution of 854X480 pixels. The stunning design includes everything you would expect from a budget Android smartphone. Sony is best renowned for their display quality, and audio effectiveness.
The new phone runs on 1 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 SoC inside with MSM8227 chipset along with 1 GB RAM. It has only 4 GB of internal storage, but memory may be extended upto 64 GB using micro SD card. The 5 MP rear camera is supported with LED flash, and a VGA secondary front facing camera is available to make video calls. Running on Android 4.1, the phone is integrated with latest features like Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support, 3G, dual band WiFi, etc.
Sony Xperia M Specifications:
- Dimensions : 124 X 62 X 9.3 mm
- Weight : 124 g
- Display : 4 inches TFT(854 X 480 p, ~245 ppi,TXT screen with 16 million colors, capacitive screen with multitouch support, protected by scratch resistant glass)
- Memory : 4 GB, expandable to 64
- RAM : 1 GB
- Camera : 5 MP Primary ( LED flash, auto-focus, face detection, digital zoom), VGA Secondary
- Operating System : Android 4.1
- CPU : Dual Core 1 GHz Snapdragon Krait SoC with Adreno 305 graphics
- Chipset : MSM8227
- Battery : 1750 mAHbattery
- Browser : In-built browser with different apps for Facebook, YouTube, and Picasa
The phone was announced by Sony yesterday, and shall be available in stores by third quarter of 2013. Sony claims that the 1750 mAH battery would provide upto 23 days of standby time, and 9hours of talk time on 3G. Sony has even launched a dual SIM model of the phone under the name Xperia M dual.
In the words of Xperia Marketing Director Calum MacDougall, “Consumers looking for their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones would be well-advised to look at Xperia M or Xperia M dual. Both models benefit from Sony’s proven innovation and engineering expertise, and are perfect for those who want the premium technology and experiences often only associated with high-end models.”
Though Sony hasn’t made any comments on pricing of this new device, it will be priced in mid-range Android mobiles, and will give a strong competition to Samsung Galaxy devices which rule this segment.
Sony Xperia M Cons:
The phone is full of features but still has a few cons which users will have to face. First of all, the TFT display with pixel density of only 245 ppi would not appeal as compared to the Super AMOLED displays offered by other companies. Both Samsung and HTC are offering AMOLED displays in their mid-segment mobiles, which offer far batter contrast ratios as compared to traditional TFT displays. Secondly, Sony will launch the device in Q3, yet it is going to be released with Android 4.1, when other devices would have already received the 4.2 update. Everything now depends on how Sony prices the new Xperia M.