Sony Xperia M Specifications and full Review, Price in India
Once again, Sony has released a lower mid-range phone with extremely good specifications and looks. You have seen Xperia U, Xperia Go etc dual-core phones with value for money pricing but this time, Sony has blown away our mind by releasing a 4″ Android Jelly Bean phone with 1GHz dual-core Krait processor on premium Snapdragon S4 plus chipset. There are few other dual-core players in the market with the almost same price tag but none of those show such versatility like this device , the closest competitor Samsung Galaxy Core has got dual-core Cortex-A5 processor which is actually a mediocre low performance processor. The price of this new phone from Sony in only 12,990 Rs ~ 215 USD. The name of this awesome smartphone is Sony Xperia M C1904. There is also a dual SIM version ‘Xperia M dual C2004′ available in the market with around 14,500 Rs ~ 240 USD price tag. The GPU is also very powerful Adreno 305, same as the one on Sony Xperia L. This Xperia M has 90% similarities with the much pricier Xperia L and in the software department, Xperia M is basically better than that of Xperia L as you are getting the great “Small Apps” feature on Xperia M – available on Xperia Z, Xperia ZR etc. high-end mobile phones*. Xperia M also features NFC, a very good quality 5MP camera with front facing VGA camera, 2-step camera shutter key, camera flash, 4GB internal storage and nice 1GB RAM. Check the detailed specifications below along with the side-by-side user experiences below.
*NOTE: Xperia L has got the “Small Apps” feature after the latest firmware update.
- 1 GHz dual-core Krait processor & Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 plus MSM8230 chipset, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM. 4 GB of internal storage
- 4 inches TFT display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution @ 245 ppi pixel density
- Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS with graphics intensive Xperia UI
- 5 MP AF camera with HD recording, VGA front camera
- 1750 mAh battery
- ‘Small Apps’ feature, NFC
Market status: Available, released August, 2013
|DISPLAY||Size||4 inches (10.16 cm)||Perfectly large display for everyday uses. The display quality is also decent – very bright & crisp. The colors on the display don’t look that much saturated but feels good.|
|Technology||TFT, 16M colors|
|Resolution||FWVGA i.e. 854×480 pixels @ 245 ppi|
|Type||Capacitive, Multitouch (5)|
|EXTERIOR||Dimensions||124 x 62 x 9.3 mm (4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 in)||The best built quality you can get on any phone at any price point. Xperia M is also a beautiful stylish phone with nice smooth back which is slightly bent as well for proper handling. The multi-colored LED light looks cool.|
|Ports & Keys||MicroUSB port (right), power key, volume rocker, camera key (left), 3.5 mm jack (top), lanyard port (bottom), Camera with flash, loud speaker, NFC (back), illumination LED, front camera, ear-speaker (front)|
|Sensors||Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor|
|Colors||White, Black, Yellow, Purple|
|PROCESSINGPOWER||Processor||Dual-core 1 GHz, Krait||Best in class CPU and GPU. Just buy this phone only for this; Xperia M is a hardcore gaming machine.|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 plus MSM8227|
|MEMORY||System Memory||1 GB of RAM||Very good RAM, though the internal storage is kinda low for a powerful gaming phone like this.|
|Internal Storage||4 GB [2.05GB free]|
|Expansion||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|SOFTWARE||OS||Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)||Almost latest OS, 4.2 is on the way. The user interface is almost 90% similar to the interface of the flagship Xperia Z. Most of the smartphone makers like Samsung, LG etc. don’t put the premium features of their flagship phones into their entry or mid-range phones. Xperia M has got most of the features of Xperia Z, except for few camera & hardware features.|
|User Interface||Timescape/Xperia UI|
|CONNECTIVITY||SIM||Micro-SIM, single Slot/dual-slot||Again best in class connectivity options. First of all, you are getting NFC on a 13K phone! The 3G speed, Bluetooth etc. are also pretty good.|
|Operatingfrequencies||GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS – 900, 2100 MHz [dual-SIM version]UMTS- 850, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz [single-SIM version]|
|3G||21 MBPS HSDPA, 5.76 MBPS HSUPA|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|Bluetooth||v4.0 with A2DP|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|CAMERA||Primary||5 megapixels||Xperia M has got a great camera; specially low light imaging capability is decent. Check HQ RAW camera samples: click here. Also check HD video sample: click here. Rating: 4.5/5 [considering the price]|
|Video||Up to 720p @30 fps (Primary), 480p (secondary)|
|Features||Auto focus, touch focus, Sony Exmor RS [BSI] sensor, face detection, geo-tagging, HDR, panorama mode, image stabilisation|
|BATTERY||Capacity||1750 mAh Li-lon||Same as Xperia L. Overall great battery backup, you will get 1.5-2 days on heavy uses [except gaming/watching videos]|
|Talk Time||Up to 10.3 h (2G) / Up to 9 h (3G)|
|Standby Time||Up to 552 h (2G) / Up to 454 h (3G)|
||This Xperia M has the best hardware in its class with lots of sound enhancement options like ‘noise suppression’ during calls, ‘Xloud’ loudspeaker volume enhancement, ‘Clear Phase’ sound quality adjustment, ‘Clear Audio+’ & ‘Clear Stereo’ for enhancing clarity in music player, ‘Dynamic Normaliser’ for minimising volume differences between songs and videos). The illumination LED light changes color in gallery, music player. You can PlayStation games on this device as well. ‘Small Apps” are the most handy multi-tasking tool you can find on any smartphone.|
|PRICE||12,990 INR ~ 215 USD||Best value for money phone yet! Rating 5/5!|
Strong points: At this price range, Xperia M is the best phone to buy. The build, look, display, touch response everything is flawless and the gaming & multimedia capabilities are also the best you can find on any mid-range phone. The camera is just great.
Weak points: The internal memory is low though you can install an external microSD card. But, you can’t move the install apps data to the external SD card. The display doesn’t feel that much ‘live’ as the Samsung displays, though it’s pretty good for the price.
Suitable for those who want a powerful Android phone with all the latest premium features at a very low price. This device is great for gaming, photography, browsing and listing to music as well.
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