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Sony unveils the Xperia M2, joins the ‘new’ mid-range

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Sony unveils the Xperia M2, joins the ‘new’ mid-range
The new mid-range is a fact, and Sony wants a part of it. The just-unveiled Xperia M2 reads like the result of months of observation and picking up feedback cues, as it integrates what has been cemented as the core of what makes a smartphone desireable. Quad-core processor? Check. Decent camera? You got it. 4G LTE? Yep. Price tag that won't break the bank? Probably -- Sony doesn't like sharing that part of the equation before it absolutely has to.

But lets talk facts. The successor to the 4-inch Xperia M takes a brave step forward (or backwards?) in one particular regard: screen size. Unlike last year's model, the M2 has grown considerably, and its display now measures in at 4.8-inches. In comparison, the amount of pixels went through only a minor update -- a 540x960 qHD resolution up from 480x854. Sony is boasting that this is the "largest qHD display in its class", though, if you're good with numbers, you'll know that this is actually a small hit in terms of pixel density, which now sits at about 229 ppi. Hardly a selling point, or perhaps that's just us. The processor, now a respectable 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, has also seen an upgrade, and allows the Xperia M2 to hook up to a 4G LTE network. While on the topic of connectivity, its worth pointing out that the M2 will also come in a dual SIM version.

The rest of the hardware highlights include an 8-megapixel camera, with Sony's proven Exmor RS sensor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (no word on microSD slot, but it's likely), and a fairly large, 2330mAh battery. The M2 will come in the three signature Xperia colors: black, white and purple, and will see a global launch starting April 2014. Exact market availability, and more importantly -- price -- hasn't been ironed out just yet, though it's probably safe to assume that if your area had access to the 2013 Xperia M, it'll also get access to the Xperia M2.

There's a lot to like about the Xperia M2 -- the time-tested (but also somewhat tired now) OmniBalance design is still appealing, and the specs are definitely up to standard. However, we're a tad apprehensive to hear about the final, perhaps most essential bit of information -- price. Asking for a handsome sum is not how Sony usually goes about their products, and this could be a problem now that phones like the Motorola Moto G have shown what value really is. But hey, who knows? Perhaps Sony will surprise us!

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:01

1. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Not interested......

I wonder how this phone is better than the already discounted Xperia SP or even the Xperia C........

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:08

3. desniper9 (Posts: 38; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Its a moto g rival. It depends on how sony prices it

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:20

6. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I'm pretty sure this phone won't be competing with Moto G price-wise, considering the fact that Xperia M has the same price as Moto G after 5 months of discounting. I think this phone will be priced similar or higher to Xperia L but cheaper than Xperia SP.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:19

5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

This phone is better than the Xperia SP and the Xperia C because this Xperia M2 has quad core Snapdragon 400 processor whereas the Xperia SP only has a dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and the Xperia C only has a quad core Mediatek processor, and the Xperia M2 has better screen than the Xperia SP and the Xperia C (even if the M2 is a tad bit smaller than the C). The design of the M2 looks better than the SP and the C in my opinion.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:26 1

7. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Nah that's where u got it wrong.....Xperia SP has Dual core KRAIT processors which is far superior than the S400 currently being used. Its Antutu Score is 24000!!!

Xperia C, on the other hand, is clearly inferior to this M2. So I guess this M2 will be more expensive thereby competing directly with XPeria SP.

Design is purely subjective. If M2 is thinner and lighter than SP, it is arguably more appealing than SP. But if not, Xperia SP triumphs.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:34

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I would rather take the SP than this. It has an HD screen, a much better GPU (Adreno 320 vs 305), the same amount of RAM, and the same camera sensor.

Also, I'm not quite sure if the M2 has a better CPU or not. It's a 1.2 GHz quad core Cortex A7 CPU, while the SP has a 1.7 GHz dual core Krait 200 CPU. Krait 200 has much more performance per clock than Cortex A7, so being 500 MHz higher probably makes up for the two missing cores.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:06

2. renz4 (Posts: 319; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

Honestly I was hoping for this year midrange phones to have much better capabilities. At the very least make the midrange phones as fast as original Xperia Z

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:09 1

4. Zhephyr (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

weird to make the M bigger .M size is perfect for people who like small phone that cant afford the Z1 Compact.Sony should create a 4 inch variant with the same specs as M2

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:27

8. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Is this phone waterproof?

CNET says its waterproof but Sony didn't mention anything about it.......

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:27

9. toink (unregistered)

720p would've made more sense.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:38

11. XaErO (Posts: 332; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Will this be running Android 4.4 ??

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:56

12. GeekMovement (unregistered)

See I don't understand why Sony makes their flagship device all black on the front while this one has white front/white back. It looks good! I wish they'd done the same for the Z2.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:42

13. Zhephyr (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

What do you think .its my own take on a budget phone...suggest your own.

4- 4.3 inch display
1G ram
LTE function
microSD: up to 32 GB
Internal:8 GB, 1 GB RAM
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
OS Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)/Kitkat
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 (D2303, D2306)
Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 (D2305)
CPU: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU: Adreno 305

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