Sony Mobile has added to its 2013 stable with a new entry-level offering, the Xperia M. Sharing many design traits with earlier Xperias, including the Xperia Z's trademark rounded power button and the Xperia T's chassis trim, the Xperia M is unmistakably a Sony phone.
The device has a 4-inch FWVGA (480x854) display on the front, along with on-screen buttons. Around the back there's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
On the inside it's packing a dual-core 1GHz CPU and 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD. Connectivity tops out at HSPA+, and a dual-SIM model will be offered, meaning the Xperia M will likely be headed to emerging markets. On the software side it's powered by Jelly Bean, along with Sony's UI and suite of Xperia apps. The single-SIM version will ship with Android 4.1, while the dual-SIM model is listed as coming with Android 4.2.
There's no specific price or release date available just yet, but Sony says the Xperia M will launch globally in Q3. The single-SIM version will come in black, white, purple and yellow, while the yellow color only being available on the single-SIM model.