Sony Xperia M arrives in the United States for $249.99, outright

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 10, 2013
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Sony Xperia M

Back in June, Sony took the wraps on its low-end Sony Xperia M, which featured relatively modest specs inside of a premium looking shell. After a long wait, the Xperia M was has now landed in the United States, and is expected to arrive in Europe and Asia in the coming weeks.

The Sony Xperia M might not be as impressive as Sony’s high-end devices, but it still packs some fairly decent specs. The handset is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU with an Andreno 305 GPU, and is accompanied by 1GB of RAM.

Some of the other specs include a 4-inch display with a resolution of 854×480, 4GB storage, microSD, a VGA front cam, a 5MP rear camera capable of 720p, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1,700 mAh battery. The Xperia M also offers Jelly Bean, but only version 4.1.

The Xperia M is not available through any U.S. carrier (shocker.. we know), but it can be yours through Sony’s web store in white, black, yellow or purple for $249.99. You can also snag the handset through NewEgg for the same price, but only in black.

Let’s get this out of the way: the Nexus 4 stomps on this in every possible way and comes in at the exact same price for the 16GB version (while stock lasts).

Nexus 4 aside, we still have to admit there are few Android handsets in this price range that offer these kind of specs while still providing a high-quality design. As long as Google keeps the Nexus pricing low going forward, it’s always going to be hard for these budget hands to compete on price or hardware – but at least Sony’s Xperia M comes somewhat close.

What do you think of the Xperia M, would you consider picking this one up or not?