Apart from the flagship Xperia Z2, Sony also unveiled the Xperia M2 at MWC this year. The phone brings the omni-balance design earlier seen in top end devices to the low end devices. The phone looks quite like a trimmed down version of Xperia Z1 and is expected to arrive in India soon.
Sony Xperia M2 Quick Specs
- Display Size: 4.8 Inch qHD IPS LCD, 960 x540 , 229 PPI
- Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 processor
- RAM: 1 GB
- Software Version: Android 4.2 Jelly bean
- Camera: 8 MP camera, LED flash, 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
- Secondary Camera: yes, other details not specified
- Internal Storage: 8 GB
- External Storage: MicroSD support up to 32 GB
- Battery: 2300 mAh
- Connectivity: HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, GLONASS
- sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Sony Xperia M2 Hands on, Quick Review, Camera, Features and Overview HD at MWC 2014[Video]
Design and Build
Body design is the biggest highlight here. The omni balance design is nothing new, but looks like Sony is sticking to it for now. If you look closely, the finishing is not as perfect as on high end devices, but it does brings the flagship feel in hand at subsidized price. The back feels like glass. The phone is quite sturdy and comfortable to hold in hand. The body thickness is 8.6 mm.
The display is 4.8 inches in size and resolution is qHD. It’s definitely not the best display out there at respective price range. The display is not IPS LCD but convention TFT LCD and view angles do suffer a bit. With the launch of Moto G, a good enough display won’t make the cut.
Camera and Internal Storage
The Camera has an 8 MP Exymor RS Sensor which is capable of 1080p full HD video recording. This will definitely give this phone an edge over the competition. The photos showed sufficient noise after we zoomed in a bit. The colors however were pretty decent. The primary camera is capable of Full HD video recording. The front camera is also ok-ish, not a high quality video chat, that you will get out of it.
The internal storage is 8 GB and can be further extended to 32 GB using MicroSD card. The internal storage will be sufficient for most users and won’t be a deal breaker if the price is right.
Battery, OS and chipset
The battery is rated at 2300mAh and Sony claims that this will be sufficient for up to 14 hours of talk time. The operating system is slightly dated as it features Android 4.2 jelly bean and the Sony custom UI is not the latest one either, but you will get plenty of interesting options on board. All custom Sony apps like the camera app and Playstation app will be present.
The chipset is Snapdragon 400 , similar to LG G2 Mini or Moto G. The 1.2 GHz quad core cortex A7 chiset is backed by 1 GB of RAM out of which approx 400 is free for users. There is no visible UI lag on the device.
Sony Xperia M2 Photo Gallery
Competitive pricing has not been a forte of Xperia series handsets so far. Sony claims that this will be the best phone in its class, but has chosen to remain tight lipped on the price tag. Any thing north of 20,000 INR will make it a tough sell. If the price is right, the phone won’t disappoint you with regards to the hardware it packs, build quality and handy software.