Sony unveils Xperia M Android smartphone with a 4” display, dual-core processor and 5MP camera

Sony unveiled the Xperia M today, a new low-to-mid range Android smartphone that offers fairly competitive performance and functionality at a price point far below the company’s flagship Xperia Z handset.

xperia m gallery 02 1240x840 1f2efdece1a5bed54e6e8e0a0a12ce35 730x494 Sony unveils Xperia M Android smartphone with a 4” display, dual core processor and 5MP cameraThe device packs a 1 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, a 4-inch FWVGA display (854×480 pixels) with Sony’s OmniBalance design, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The latter is fuelled by an Exmor RS sensor and up to 4x digital zoom, as well as 720p video recording set at 30 frames per second.

A front-facing camera is on offer for making video calls and so-called “selfies”, although Sony is yet to disclose the resolution. The Xperia M comes with 1GB of RAM out of the box, alongside 4GB of flash memory and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space.

The device runs Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean), coupled with Sony’s custom Android skin and a deluge of its exclusive apps. It also comes pre-loaded with a bunch of Google’s best Android applications, including Google Chrome, Voice Search and Maps, saving users a bit of time rummaging around the Google Play store.

The Xperia M is also a bit of a looker. Continuing the design language of the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, it offers a slim profile, just 9.3mm thick, a polished aluminium power button and highlighted camera ring.

The handset features a small strip just underneath the display for illuminated alerts, which the user can customize for notifications from different apps.

The Xperia M will be sold as both a single SIM and dual-SIM variant, suggesting that the handset will be targeted at consumers in emerging markets, or those with inconsistent network coverage.

xperia m gallery 03 1240x840 64f1ee9dab86d02f4725fd29fc37aa1b 730x494 Sony unveils Xperia M Android smartphone with a 4” display, dual core processor and 5MP cameraThe device also packs Sony’s ‘STAMINA’ mode for improved battery life. The battery model is yet to be confirmed, but a product page on the company’s site claims that standby time can run up to 552 hours. Talk time – usually a far more accurate metric – is capped at 10 hours and 18 minutes for the device, however.

The handset will be sold globally in the third quarter of 2013. The single SIM and dual-SIM version will be available in black, purple and white, although the latter will also come in an exclusive yellow color variant.

 

 

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