The smartphone category in the price range of 15-20K (250 – 325 USD) is a fiercely competitive one this year with the stage mainly set by Xiaomi MI3 and with new Moto G (2014) along with the likes of Alcatel Idol X+, Asus Zenfone 5 as these have caught my attention. And many more models from other manufacturers are there with more potent specs on the page in this 15K range and in this scenario I have played with a Sony xPeria M2 when it was launched with Android 4.3 on board and also got some time with it when it got updated to Android 4.4 (a good thing Sony was able to provide a timely update unlike my xPeria L which will Rest in Peace with Android 4.2.2 on board).
The current xPeria lower end and mid-end models now mimic their Z counterpart’s design language but with a cheaper plastic look and not so thin framework. With dimensions of 139.7 x 71.1 x 8.6 mm and 148 grams it’s a ok looking device but solid to hold and touch. The 4.8″ screen has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels (229 ppi) which is the first big downer, but Sony has done a good job as usual in making the display look crisp and bright with their xPeria Launcher interface (one of my favorite aspects of a xPeria smartphone). Inside the M2 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 based quad – core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz coupled with 1 GB RAM. Normal day to day tasks were breezy and snappy to use.
Back camera is a 8 MP one with good quality in outdoor conditions and the front camera is a VGA unit (not for Selfie afficianados). Internal memory is 8 GB with micro SD card support. Connectivity wise Bluetooth, 3G, Dual-Sim support is available (A LTE based model is also available in some regions). The battery at 2300 mAh is a real highlight coupled with xPeria Stamina giving almost 2 day battery life with normal usage of calls, texting, emails and slight multimedia activities.
The main drawback of xPeria M2 is it’s price and not so impressive display resolution. For persons who prefer xPeria UI and a good battery life will feel satisfied….