Sony recently launched the Xperia M, which is a device that offers some serious value for money. The phone comes with a dual core processor and 1GB of RAM, which makes it one of the cheapest dual core devices with 1GB RAM, among popular international manufacturers.

The device comes with a price tag of 12,990 INR, and would be competing against a host of budget quad core devices from domestic manufacturers and a few dual core ones from international manufacturers.

Let us go ahead and talk about the specifications of this device in more detail.

Camera And Internal Storage

The phone features a standard set of cameras in a 5MP rear and a VGA front. Although many budget quad core devices costing about the same amount come with 8MP rear cameras, you can expect the 5MP on the Xperia M to be as good (if not better). This is because, picture quality doesn’t solely depend on the resolution, but many other factors including aperture, sensor quality, etc.

Sony could have included a 1.3MP instead of a VGA front, but given the other impressive specifications of this device, we would take a VGA any day. And, practically speaking, a VGA unit should probably be enough for video calls, unless it is very dark.

Like most other devices in it’s range, the Xperia M features 4GB of on-board storage. You can extend this up to 32GB via means of a microSD card.

Processor And Battery

The Xperia M shines in this department. The device sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227 chipset, which houses a dual core 1GHz processor on it. Not only does the phone carry a powerful processor, but it also comes with 1GB of RAM which is really a plus point for a device from a reputable manufacturer like Sony.

Why we say this? Because most other devices like the Galaxy S Advance, HTC Desire X, etc. which are priced at about the same mark or more, come with 512MB or 768MB of RAM. Sony is bound to catch a few eyeballs with this wise decision of including 1GB RAM.

Some might feel the phone comes with an underpowered battery, rated 1750mAh. However, thanks to the moderate-res screen, the phone might probably take you through one day without much of a hassle.

Display And Features

The device comes with an average display of 480 x 854 pixels spread across a 4 inch screen. You can’t expect the device to have HD quality playback, but for the price, you can’t complain.

This display will be powered by an Adreno 305 GPU, which again, isn’t from the top-line of GPUs, but suits the device, given the category it fits in.

The device comes with a standard connectivity set including WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, 3.5mm audio jack, etc., and also has the required sensors like the proximity, accelerometer and compass sensors.

Comparison

There are a few mid-ranged dual core devices in the market, but hardly any of those offer 1GB of RAM. Some phones from domestic manufacturers do feature 1GB RAM, however, in most cases carry Mediatek processors which aren’t up to the Qualcomm level as yet.

However, some devices which can give head-on competition to the Xperia M are Huawei Ascend P1, ZTE Blade C, and a host of other devices from domestic manufacturers.

Key Specs

Model Sony Xperia M
Display 4 inches, 854×480
Processor 1GHz dual core
RAM, ROM 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, expandable up to 32GB
OS Android v4.1
Cameras 5MP rear, VGA front
Battery 1750mAh
Price 12,990 INR

Conclusion

Solely for the fact that the Xperia M carries 1GB of RAM, we give it a thumbs up. If you’re looking for a phone costing about 12-13,000 INR, you’ll have two very clear choices; you can either go for a domestic brand like Micromax and get a quad core and a better screen, or, you can go for the Xperia M. The latter would give you a much better build quality and assurance in the form of a much better after sales service record.

In the end, it would come down to what you’re looking for. We would definitely recommend the Xperia M, though!