Sony Xperia M2 reviewed: The mid-range smartphone

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Sony has announced the Xperia M2 smartphone, which it is claiming has the “world’s best smartphone technology in its class”. It steals the design from the Xperia Z family, but ditches the waterproofing feature, so be careful not to confuse this device with the flagship Xperia Z2 or Xperia Z1 Compact handsets, as the M2 is strictly mid-range.

The device features flat – block design and a ribbon that runs along the sides. It comes with 4.8″ screen with qHD resolution and a Quad core processor coupled with a gigabyte of RAM. The midrange market which is full of fierce competition inlcudes heavyweights like MotoG and Galaxy S4 Mini.

We had the chance to have a play with the new handset, let take a look.

BUILD & DESIGN

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The design is the first thing you’ll notice about the Xperia M2, because it is virtually identical to the new Xperia Z2. It features the same chamfered edges and flat back as the Xperia Z devices, but the M2 is certainly lighter and smaller than the new Xperia Z2. It feels light, but we wouldn’t go as far as to say it felt cheap.

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The comes with 4.8″ screen. This is certainly not a small device, but with the current market trends of 5″+ displays, it feels just right. The resolution of the display leaves something to be desired though. It sports dual-sim functionality. The colors aren’t that punchy or detailed. The design scores full points for the look and finish. The device looks very much like Xperia Z and Xperia Z1 but instead of using glass, the device is entirely formed out of high quality polycarbonate.

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In terms of other specs, there is 1GB of RAM, along with 8GB of internal storage with support for microSD card expansion. The Xperia M2 comes with NFC and there is a 2330mAh battery on board, although we will have to let you know how that fares in everyday use when we get it in for a full review.

CAMERA

The M2 has an 8 megapixel rear facing camera loaded with a bunch of Sony’s ace photography apps, including Social Live, Timeshift Burst and AR effects.

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We found some of the most useful functionality lay with Superior Auto Mode, which is great for getting the perfect shot with minimal effort, as it intuitively chooses the best shooting options for you. However, if you’re a bit more a photography buff, Manual Mode might be more up your street – providing the options to alter resolution, exposure and much more. Much like the Z2, the M2 can capture video at a higher resolution than it can play it back. You’re invited to record in Full HD, and to properly enjoy your footage you can transfer the file to a computer, upload it straight to YouTube, or plug into a TV.

UI & SOFTWARE

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The Xperia M2 comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and an update to 4.4 KitKat is due in short time. The android smartphone comes with Sony’s own customized skin – TimeScape. The interface is very clean and polished. Sony’s own suite of applications like Walkman music player and Album photo gallery are very useful and integrates into the UI very beautifully. The notification menu has quick toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode etc. The M2 feels fast and responsive to use without any stuttering.

VERDICT

This smartphone is for those who appreciate superb build quality, and recognise the genius that Sony has built up from its wealth of experience in the tech industry. The top-end models aren’t for everyone, so if you’re looking for something that exudes class without the usual price, the Xperia M2 is definitely worth a look.

It is easily available in Sony stores, other mobile phone store outlets as well as online at a price between Rs. 19,000 to Rs. 20,000. You can buy it online at a good discounted price from Flipkart here.

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