Sony continues to expand its range of Android smartphones with the announcement of the Xperia M, which while not quite meeting the exceptionally high level of features seen on the Xperia Z flagship, still manages to impress despite it being a more mid-range device.
The camera is one of the standout features, as although it has 5 megapixels, it still uses the same Exmor RS sensor seen on more expensive Xperia phones, plus it can shoot HDR images for improved contrast and colours in bright environments. There’s also a dedicated quick-start camera key, autofocus and 720p video recording.
Elsewhere, the Xperia M isn’t quite so impressive, as the 4-inch screen has a widescreen, 854 x 480 pixel resolution, while the operating system is Android 4.1 rather than the more recent Android 4.2 version. The processor is a 1GHz, dual-core Snapdragon, and it comes with 1GB of RAM, however there’s only 4GB of internal storage memory.
The curved chassis weighs 124 grams, and below the screen is a notification light which alerts you to incoming calls and messages, plus it can be customised to glow for other notifications, including Facebook updates. The Xperia M also has NFC connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and Sony‘s clever battery Stamina Mode for making the most out of the standby time.
Sony says the phone will be released globally starting after summer, and there will be the choice between a black, white, yellow or purple colour scheme, along with a dual-SIM Xperia M too. Pricing and the exact release date hasn’t been confirmed. In the meantime, you can take a look at the teaser video showing Sony’s new handset below.