Sony Xperia M smartphone goes official

It isn't going to worry the top-end Sony Xperia Z, but the Sony Xperia M really doesn't intend to.

It is taking aim at a market much lower down the chain, a mid-range handset  with bright colours and dual-SIM capability as its key selling points. On paper, it also looks like a pretty decent phone too.

The Sony Xperia M packs a 4-inch 854 x 480 TFT display, a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, NFC, a microSD slot, a 5-megapixel camera with flash and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. The main camera can also shoot 720p HD video.

As for those colours, you get a choice of black, white, purple or yellow on a phone that's sized at 124 x 62 x 9.3mm and weighs 115g. As we said, dual-SIM if you want it, although a single-SIM model will be available too when it lands in the third quarter of 2013.

No firm price details, but we would say affordable, both SIM-free and on contract.

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