on Monday announced the launch of a new mid-range smartphone, the
Xperia M2, at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. The Android
4.3 Jelly Bean-based smartphone, has been billed by the Japanese
cellphone maker as 'the slimmest 4G-enabled smartphone in its class' at a
rather thick 8.6mm. The price for the Xperia M2 has not been revealed,
and it will go on sale globally in April 2014. Sony says it will be
priced at under 220 euros MSRP (roughly Rs. 18,800).
Xperia M2 will also be available in a dual-SIM variant, called Xperia M2 dual, with identical
specifications. It features a 4.8-inch qHD (540x960 pixels) display, and
is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8926 for
4G LTE, MSM8226 for 3G) coupled with an Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
The Xperia M2 features 8GB of built-in storage, with microSD card
expansion up to 32GB. The 8-megapixel camera on the Xperia M2 has 'auto
scene' recognition and HDR. Camera apps such as Social live, Timeshift
burst and Picture Effect are other camera features being touted by Sony.
addition, the Sony Xperia M2 features a 2300mAh battery that is rated
to deliver talktime up to 14 hours, standby time up to 693 hours, and is available in three colours - Black,
White and Purple. Dual active and dual standby technology is also being
touted. Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), 4G LTE (in some
regions), GPS with A-GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, DLNA,
and Micro-USB with tethering.
Sony will also be giving Xperia M2
users access to three movies from Sony Pictures in certain markets. Also
included, is the Music Unlimited Service, giving users an access to 25
million songs for free for a period of 30 days, and the Video Unlimited
Service will offer instant films. PlayStation Mobile games will also be
available for users.
Music enthusiasts can make use of the SBH20
Stereo Bluetooth Headset or the water resistant STH30, headset, which
are available additionally. The complete specifications can be found
Speaking at the launch was Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia
Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, who said, "Xperia M2 is an
ultra-fast smartphone that offers brilliant specs and performance,
reaching new audiences with a mid-range price. This is a great device
for the customer looking for a smartphone that has it all. It combines
the best of Sony, bringing you our latest technologies complimented with
a one of its kind, unique entertainment offer never before seen on a
Sony also took the wraps off its latest premium tablet, dubbed Xperia Z2
Tablet and Xperia Z2 flagship smartphone, at MWC 2014 in Barcelona.
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