Sony has announced the launch of its new mid-range smartphone – the Xperia M2 in India. The device was initially announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. Even though it is being promoted as a mid-range device, the initial pricing is slightly on the higher side at Rs. 21,990 (USD 363). Let us quickly delve in to the other features of the Sony Xperia M2.
The Sony Xperia M2 carries forward the same design tradition that Sony calls the “Omnibalance” design and for which the company is known for. It looks quite similar to older Sony devices with little to distinguish from them – if you do not have a keen eye, that is. The display on the Xperia M2 is a 4.8 inch qHD unit (960*540 pixels) that offers a PPI density of 229 – which is decent for a mid-range device. The phone comes in three color options – black, white and purple. Lest I forget, the device also decently thin measuring just 8.6 mm in thickness.
The Hardware and Software
Under the hood, the Sony Xperia M2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip which also houses the mid-range, 1.2 GHz quad-core CPUs. This is the same chip that also powers the Motorola Moto G- which as you might know, is already available for almost half the price of the M2. The phone gets 1 GB of RAM as well as 8 GB of internal storage that you can expand further using micro SD cards. Sony has added a 2300mAh battery with STAMINA Mode 3.0 inside the Xperia M2 – guaranteeing excellent battery life. The phone supports dual SIM cards as well. Both the SIM cards can be active at the same time and you can also switch calls from one SIM to another without missing any. The Sony Xperia M2 runs Android 4.3 at launch with a planned upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the future.
The Sony Xperia M2 gets an 8-megapixel main camera that also doubles up as a full HD video recorder. For low light conditions, the phone gets an LED flash. The phone supports various camera software modes including HDR and panorama and face detection. The front camera on the Xperia M2 is a VGA unit decent enough for an occasional video or Skype call.
Apart from being dual SIM, the Sony Xperia M2 also supports a host of other connectivity options. These include support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, aGPS, GLONASS and micro USB.
Pricing and Availability
In India, the Sony Xperia M2 would go on sale starting April 25, 2014 for an initial price tag of Rs. 21,990. We expect this price to come down in the weeks to come.