The Sony Xperia M2 joins the Sony Xperia Z2 as the smartphone line-up for Sony at MWC 2014. It comes with a smaller screen than it's bigger brother at 4.8-inch but manages to beat screen estate on the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact coming in at 4.3-inch. What else does the Xperia M2 offer? T3 went hands-on to find out more. Article continues after the video.
Sony Xperia M2: Size and Build
From the off, you'd be forgiven for mistaking the Xperia M2 for the Xperia Z2 as they look almost identical. Both feature the signature Sony design of a glass back and aluminium sides and the iconic Sony on/off button. Physical buttons are kept to a minimum with only a volume rocker and a shutter button on the sides.
Vital stats are 139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6mm and according to Sony, those make it the slimmest 4G smartphone to date.
Sony Xperia M2: Features
Nestled inside the M2 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2GHz quad core CPU making it a breeze to whizz through menus or apps thanks to the
So,what makes the M2 mid-range? It's the camera. At 8MP it's a much smaller sensor than the Z2 at 20.7MP. There's no 4K and there are less features within the camera. Slo-mo and background de-focus are a no-go. Having said that, it's a decent enough camera and can certainly compete with it's mid-range competitors.
As with the Galaxy S4 Mini the OS of choice is Android 4.3 Jellybean so don't expect any KitKat action any time soon.
Sony Xperia M2: Screen
At 4.8-inches the screen on the Xperia M2 isn't small but don't expect the same tech as on the Z2. At 540 x 960 pixel resolution it's not the sharpest of screens and side-by-side with it's high-end brother the difference is certainly noticeable.
Sony Xperia M2: Battery
On to the battery and it's quoted at up to 14 hours talk time and 8 hours video playback thanks to the 2300mAh unit inside. Of course, we'll check this with the full review but on paper it looks pretty impressive and one of the stand-out features on the Xperia M2.
Sony Xperia M2: Verdict
First impressions of the Sony Xperia M2 are positive. Sony has managed to create a mid-range phone that maintains a premium feel. It's old Android and the camera has a low pixel count but you still get a quad core processor and a great battery. On paper it looks good but the killer blow will come when Sony announce a price. Once that's out we'll have a full verdict and decide if the Xperia M2 can truly compete with the likes of the HTC One Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Xperia M2 release date: April 2014
Sony Xperia M2 price: TBC