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The Sony Xperia Z2 and tablet Z2 were clearly the stars of Sony’s press event at MWC 2014, but that’s not all the Japanese electronics giant has in store for us. Not only is Sony showing off its SmartBand wearable and its SmartEyeglass prototype, they also unveiled a new entry-level device dubbed the Xperia M2.
Design and hardware
Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you have have to settle when it comes to design and build quality. The Xperia M2 follows the same OmniBalance design language as the higher-end Xperia Z series, giving Sony fans a product that has a high-end look and feel in an affordable package. The premium design continues on the back, where you’ll find what looks like a sheet of glass, though it may actually be hard plastic. All around, the Xperia M2 is solid step up from its predecessor in terms of design and overall aesthetics.
Under the hood, Sony has traded in the dual-core S4 Pro found on the original Xperia M in favor of a quad-core 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB of RAM. There’s also a larger 4.8-inch display with a qHD resolution (960×540). Some of the other specs for the device include 8GB storage, microSD, an 8MP rear cam with ExmorRS, NFC, 4G LTE support and a 2300 mAh battery.
Software and features
Though Sony suggests that a KitKat update will eventually reach the Xperia M2, the handset will actually ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Aside from all the features you’d expect from Jelly Bean, the Xperia M2 also offers Sony’s custom UI and at least a few of the apps you’ll find on higher-end Xperia devices like the newly announced Xperia Z2.
The Sony Xperia M2 is not going to blow anyone away with its specs, but it’s not a bad handset for those that are looking for a budget-oriented device with Sony styling.
Although the Xperia M2 has a less impressive display and older version of Android than the extremely affordable Moto G, it actually offers at least a few features that set it apart from Motorola’s budget handset such as NFC and 4G LTE support. In the long run, it will probably come down to pricing and what you’re willing to pay for the Xperia M2’s aesthetics and NFC/4G LTE support.