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 Sony Xperia M Available now
4th June 2013

The Sony Xperia M is the sixth Xperia handset announced this year, adding to what is now a very large and somewhat confusing array of Android smartphones being offered by this Japanese manufacturer.

In this case perhaps "M" stands for "midrange", as the Xperia M comes with a 4" 480 x 854 pixel display, a 5 megapixel primary camera with 720p video capture and 0.3 megapixel front-facing one, a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, a pretty small 4GB of flash storage plus a microSD slot, NFC support and an FM radio. The Xperia M doesn't support LTE data, but does support HSPA+ if your carrier offers it.

There are two versions available, the single-SIM Sony Xperia M and the dual-SIM Xperia M dual. For some reason, the single-SIM version only runs Android 4.1 out-of-the-box and the dual-SIM version runs Android 4.2. Both handsets come in Black, White and Purple colour schemes with a rather jolly Yellow version for the single-SIM variant only.

Inside is a 1750 mAh battery which is theoretically capable of powering both versions for about 18 days standby time and 9 hours talktime although real-world figures will be a lot less. The Xperia M measures 124 x 62 x 9.3mm and weighs 124 grams.

 Sony Xperia M Of course, the Xperia M also supports WiFi, GPS and all the usual Android features, plus the typical Sony extras are here too. Overall the Xperia M is an attractive device which is at least a bit different looking from a Samsung or HTC.

People with long memories and an intimate knowledge of Sony's product range might recognise this as being a slightly upgraded version of the Xperia J which currently retails for about €210. We would expect the Xperia M therefore to retail for no more than €250 when it comes to market sometime during Q3 2013.

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Sony Xperia M at a glance

Available:

Q3 2013

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS 900 / 2100 or
UMTS 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA+ + WiFi

Screen:

4.0" 480 x 854 pixels

Camera:

5 megapixels (main)

0.3 megapixels (sub)

Size:

Medium smartphone

124 x 62 x 9.3mm / 115 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes (4.0)

Internal memory:

4GB

Memory card:

MicroSD

CPU:

1GHz dual-core

RAM:

1GB

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes (plus GLONASS)

OS:

Android 4.1 or 4.2

Battery life:

9 hours talk / 18 days standby (3G)

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