Sony Xperia M2: Sony’s new mid-ranger

Sony Xperia M2

While Sony’s upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 handset is aimed at the upper-end of the smartphone market, Sony have not forgotten about the lucrative mid-range section smartphone market. Indeed, the Tokyo-based technology giants revealed their new mid-ranger at the prestigious MWC in Barcelona: the Sony Xperia M2, the sequel to the successful Sony Xperia M which was released summer 2013.

Design

When compared to the Z series which have metal trims and glass panels, the Sony Xperia M2 does not seem as a stylish as its high-end cousin. However, it is important to remember that this is not a premium smartphone, so we shouldn’t compare it like this. Instead we should compare it with other mid-range handsets set to be released this year. Although the device sports a plastic shell and the handset is a little on the chunky side, it’s certainly not a bad design. Sony has clearly paid attention to detail when constructing the Xperia M2 as the handset has a number of nice finishing touches, like the metal power button, and the device has a smooth, solid feel.

Smartphone Technology

One of the main selling points of the Sony Xperia M2 is that it can run 4G. This certainly gives the device a competitive edge as last year Samsung released a budget handset, Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, with 4G capabilities, which seems to suggest that it won’t be too long before 4G connectivity will be expected by customers as standard.

Beneath the surface, the phone M2 is powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. As the processor is asynchronous, it can provide users with the exact amount of power they need, making the M2 an incredibly efficient smartphone. If that’s not enough efficiency for you, like other devices in the Xperia range, the Sony Xperia M2 has a stamina mode which reduces the amount of juice drained form the battery.

Competition is going to be tough this year and Sony have coupled the M2 with a handful of extra incentives to entice customers. Such incentives include a month’s trial of Sony Music Unlimited and a few films from Sony’s store.

The Sony Xperia M2 comes with an 8.1MP main camera complete with some the awesome camera tech seen its more premium Xperia relatives. The camera has a number of different shooting modes and an intuitive Auto mode that can help even the most amateur photograph take a great picture. If the picture doesn’t turn out as well as you had hoped, don’t despair! There a number of pre-installed apps on the Xperia M2 which allow you to adjust and tweak the photos to perfection before seamlessly sharing on your favourite social media platforms.

Pricing and Release Date

The Sony Xperia Z2 will be on sale for a palatable £180 and will be available worldwide from April 2014.