Sony has announced a new Xperia smartphone, the Xperia M. The latest smartphone will join Sony’s low-end Xperia smartphones like Xperia SP and Xperia L.
The Sony Xperia M will offer competitive hardware specs at what the firm claims is a “new price point”, but the specific cost is yet to be divulged.
The Xperia M shares several design similarities with its more expensive sister phones, such as the prominent aluminum power button, but also brings back the curved rear panel seen on phones such as the Xperia T.
“Consumers looking for their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones, would be well-advised to look at Xperia M or Xperia Mdual,” said Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile Communications adding :
“Both models benefit from Sony’s proven innovation and engineering expertise, and are perfect for those who want the premium technology and experiences often only associated with high-end models.”
Regarding the specifications of Xperia M, the Xperia M has a 4-inch display with an unusual 854 x 480 pixel widescreen resolution, which has been fitted to a 9.3mm thick body shell which weighs 124 grams.
Sony has fitted a discreet notification light below the screen, which can be customized to your preferences, and alert you to calls, Facebook updates and incoming messages.
The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset.
They come with with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage of which 2.8GB is user-accessible. The storage can be further expanded by up to 32GB via microSD card.
For camera, there is a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and a 0.3-megapixel front snapper. Both these smartphones have a 1,750mAh battery and the connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G with HSPA, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
LTE is not on board, nor is the water-resistance that adorns the higher-end models, such as the Xperia Z or ZR.
As these smartphones have NFC connectivity and dedicated sharing apps, Sony is pegging Xperia M and Xperia M dual to be phones with “magical one-touch functions”.
Sony Xperia M run on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) while the Xperia M dual will offer Android 4.2 out of the box.
Finally, the battery has a quoted standby time of 552 hours, and comes with Sony’s Stamina Mode to tweak how its energy is used, reports the Digital Trends.
The smartphone will come in both single and dual-SIM variants, and will be available in black, white, purple and lime colour variants. Sony is yet to reveal the price and the availability of the smartphones, which are expected to hit the market in the third quarter.
So far there is no word on the pricing of these smartphones but they are expected to be mid-range Xperia smartphones like the recently launched Xperia L.
It’s set to go on sale worldwide from September this year, although pricing and the exact launch date has yet to be confirmed.