Announced in February 2014, during the Mobile World Congress, the Xperia M2 has been launched in India today at a price tag of Rs 21,990. This dual-SIM smartphone comes with a 4.8 inch LCD screen with qHD (960 x 540 pixels) resolution and 229 ppi. The software on it is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean while the hardware guts includes a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. There is 8GB of internal storage which can be further expanded using a microSD card slot. There is an 8MP AF rear camera and a VGA front camera. The primary camera can record full HD 1080p videos. Connectivity features include dual SIM card slots, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS and microUSB port. The 2300 mAh battery is rated to provide 12 hours of continuous 3G talk time after a full charge.
The Xperia M Dual, the predecessor of the Xperia M2 Dual was priced at around Rs 12,000 and was one of the best-selling smartphones in its price range. We are not sure why Sony has hiked the price of the Xperia M2 by Rs 10,000. Sony’s own Xperia T2 Ultra is available at the same price as the Xperia M2. Instead of competing with other brands, Sony’s devices are cannibalising themselves. The Xperia T2 Ultra is overall a better offer than the Xperia M2 as it comes with a larger 6 inch HD Triluminous display, 13MP camera and is only 7.7 mm slim in spite of using a larger 3000 mAh battery. Some of the smartphones in this price range are the Galaxy Grand 2, Motorola Moto X, Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the Gionee ELife E7. We feel that the Sony Xperia M2 is way overpriced for its features. What do you think? Would you buy the Xperia M2 at the current price? Let us know in the comments below.