In addition to the Xperia Z2 smartphone and the Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony also unveiled a mid-range device at MWC 2014: The Xperia M2. Sony claims the new device offers the “best smartphone technology in its class” – in other words, the M2 will be company’s new affordable device to take on similar mid-range phones such as the Galaxy S4 mini and the iPhone 5c.
When it comes to specs, the Xperia M2 will offer a 4.8-inch qHD display (960 x 540) resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcoom Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 4G LTE support, NFC, 8-megapixel Exmor RS camera with various dedicated camera software features, 2300mAh battery and Android on board – Sony says that the Xperia M2 will be “the slimmest 4G smartphone [with an 8.6mm profile,] with the best smartphone camera and largest qHD display in its class.”
The phone will also be available in a dual SIM version, and will come in Sony’s standard’s three color options including black, white and purple.
The Xperia M2 will launch in various markets starting with April 2014, although specific release dates aren’t offered. When it comes to pricing, the M2 is expected to retail for less than €220, although the actual price is not available yet, and will vary by market. Buyers interested in getting the Xperia M2 should know the phone will launch with three blockbuster movies preloaded including Captain Phillips and White House Down, as well as 30 days free trial of Music Unlimited.
The full press release follows below.
Introducing Xperia™ M2, the best smartphone technology in its class1
- The slimmest 4G smartphone2 with the best smartphone camera3 and largest qHD display4 in its class
- Sony’s premium experiences, including the OmniBalance design, stunning processor performance, 4G speed and a long-lasting battery in a mid-range smartphone
- Razor sharp photos and video with the 8MP Exmor RS™ for mobile, HDR camera, and Xperia camera apps for live video broadcasting and sharing
- A unique entertainment package of 3 blockbuster movies and 30 days free trial of the Music Unlimited service available out of the box
24th February 2014, Barcelona, Spain – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia™ M2, the 4G LTE smartphone that offers blockbuster entertainment and flagship experiences at a mid-range price point, thanks to a best-in-class processor, our display expertise, a razor sharp 8MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and Sony’s music and video entertainment.
“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,” says Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “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 mid-range smartphone.”
A mid-range smartphone with the best technology in its class1
Xperia M2 showcases high quality technology at an affordable price. Sony’s OmniBalance design as found on Sony’s premium smartphone range, an ultra-fast processor and a large qHD display, combine to create brilliant all-round performance, whilst the unique Xperia camera, music and movie apps offer stunning entertainment experiences.
Entertainment everywhere, right out of the box
Xperia M2 offers a world of media apps for seamless entertainment, online and offline with Sony Entertainment Network5, paired with the best content offer available for a mid-range smartphone. Xperia M2 users will have the chance to enjoy the latest films out of the box with three digital downloads of the hottest blockbusters from Sony Pictures, such as Captain Phillips and White House Down. Through the Music Unlimited service, Xperia M2 users can access a catalogue of 25 million songs for free for 30 days, while the Video Unlimited service offers instant movie blockbusters on a smartphone6.
The best smartphone camera in its class3
With the highest resolution camera in its clas7, the stunning 8MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile comes armed with Autoscene Recognition and HDR. Using the expertise and technology of Sony’s Cyber-shot cameras, Xperia M2 is perfect for capturing all of your favourite moments in brilliant quality.
For even more fun, unique Xperia camera apps such as Social live, Timeshift burst and Picture Effect help users to get the most out of Xperia M2’s quality 8MP camera.
To offer a unique and seamless experience direct from the camera’s viewfinder, Sony is also working with third party developers to offer a growing range of new Xperia camera apps. To download more Xperia camera apps such as Vine, V1 Sports and FX Guru, simply go into your camera viewfinder and then click on ‘+Apps’ to see all the latest apps available on Sony Select to enhance your smartphone experience.
Brilliant performance and speed that goes on forever
Sony’s engineering expertise in display and camera technologies collide to create Xperia M2. The large 4.8” qHD display, carefully crafted with our display expertise is perfect for enjoying entertainment content on the largest qHD display in its class6.
Being the world’s slimmest 4G smartphone in its class2, Xperia M2 combines the ultra-fast Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPUs and 4G LTE for fast performance and a 2300mAh battery with STAMINA Mode 3.0. Ideal for long days of heavy usage, Xperia E3 provides speed and durability for users on-the-go.
The slimmest 4G smartphone in its class2
All this premium technology is housed in a thin and light smartphone that fits perfectly in your hand. Xperia M2 is available in three distinct colour options: black, white and purple.
Dual SIM, no compromise
Xperia M2’s dual-SIM variant, Xperia M2dual8, is a fast mobile phone that offers a new experience through the incorporation of Sony’s latest generation of dual-SIM technology. Users can set up both SIM cards independently with custom ring tones and easily choose between SIMs before making calls or sending texts, whilst Sony’s dual SIM management technology means that users can keep both SIMs active and never miss a call, even when talking on one of them.
Xperia M2 connects users via Bluetooth to Sony’s extended ecosystem of 154 one-touch compatible products with NFC technology. Music enthusiasts can enjoy tunes wirelessly via NFC using SBH20 Stereo Bluetooth Headset or plugged-in with part in-ear and water-resistant Stereo Headset STH30.
Whichever accessories you choose, Xperia M2 remains at the heart of your connected entertainment experience.
Xperia M2 will launch globally from April 2014.
For the full list of Xperia M2 specifications, please click here.