MWC 2014: Sony unveils the waterproof, 4.8in Xperia M2 mid-ranger

MWC 2014: Sony unveils the waterproof, 4.8in Xperia M2 mid-rangerMost of the Sony-related pre-MWC 2014 talk was about the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet – understandably, now that we've seen them launch – but there was also claims of a lesser Xperia handset on the way too.

And those claims were right, as Sony has also announced the mid-range Xperia M2 in Barcelona, delivering a similar looks and design to the Xperia Z2, but at a more affordable price.

The image that leaked just over a week ago was billed as the Sony Xperia G, and while the final name isn't quite a match, the Xperia M2 is otherwise clearly the same smartphone.

With a slightly smaller 4.8in display, the Xperia M2 is a little smaller overall than the Z2, but otherwise is clearly part of the family, and at 8.6mm thick Sony says it's “the slimmest smartphone in its class”. Like the Z2 it'll be available in black, white and purple and is IP55 and IP58 weatherproof.

The display may be fairly big but it's far less clever than the Z2's, giving you a qHD resolution of 960 x 540 and none of the fancy pants screen tech Sony is boasting about with its new flagship.

On this inside you'll find a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage.

You get an 8MP Exmor RS camera together with a clutch of Xperia camera apps on top of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean underpinnings, plus the camera has an LED flash and lets you record full HD video.

All the usual connectivity standards and ports are supported, including NFC and 4G LTE, which is surely now a must on everything but the most low-end of mainstream smartphone releases.

Sony tells us the Xperia M2 will be available from April, and while a price has yet to be confirmed, expect something in the £200-£250 range.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 24, 2014 at 13:49

Sony unveils the waterproof, 4.8in Xperia M2 mid-ranger ...and confirm that they won't support it with software updates beyond May 2014.... Or something like it.


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