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?
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Not personally, but I can see this working for those people who don’t need a lot of power, the phone looks nice. I don’t need a lot of power, but I’ll stick with Nexus 4 till the 5 or whatever it’s called.
* I hate the home icon, I could never get past that… unless I got it for free.
I agree, I wouldn’t personally be interested in Xperia M – but its not a bad looking device and at least has one small advantage to the Nexus 4: MicroSD support.
Meh, the home icon doesn’t bother me – but nor am I in love with it. :)
I had to pull out my phone to double check that the home icon was even different.
If this had a higher density screen, I’d be seriously tempted to upgrade, but as it is it’s the same as the Motorola Razr i that I’m quite happy with.
I’d be delighted to pay another $100 for a 720p screen in that same shell. As it is, I’ll stick with my Motorola Razr i which is very similar.
>> the Nexus 4 stomps on this in every possible way
Not true. The Xperia M wins at being sized for regular human hands and not sliding off of tables all by itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bZu_IefUR0