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?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.