Sony_Xperia_M2If you like the look of Sony's premium Xperia Z2 but are looking for something a bit cheaper, then the new Sony Xperia M2 could be for you. It's a great combination of solid specs and value. Read on for our Sony Xperia M2 review.

Successor to the mid-range Xperia M, the M2 certainly looks like a high-end smartphone with it's metal and glass stylish design. It comes in 3 colours - black, white and a rather fetching shade of purple.

In terms of size, its 140mm in height and 8.6mm thick and weighs 148 grams so it's certainly compact enough to sit comfortably in your hand. The M2 has a 4.8-inch qHD display (which compares to 5.2 inches for the Z2) and offers a resolution of 229 pixels per inch (540 x 960). As we've come to expect from Sony, the quality of the screen is impressive with sharp and vibrant colours. The screen is also scratch resistant but unlike the Z2, the M2 isn't waterproof.

Sony are also renowned for their great smartphone cameras and the Xperia M2 handset is no disappointment. It features a 8-megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear which can video in 1080p. The accompanying  Sony camera software offers a brilliant choice of apps which include HDR, scene selection, Panorama, Picture Effects and Timeshift Burst. There's also a small 0.3-megapixel VGA camera on the front which can video in 480p resolution.

As well as the great camera apps, M2 users will also enjoy Sony's popular Walkman, PlayStation Mobile and Sony Select apps. Initially the Xperia M2 will run on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system but it will be upgradeable to Android KitKat 4.4.2 in the near future.

The Xperia M2 is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with a quad-core, which offers decent, if not lightening fast, processing speed, alongside 1GB of RAM. There's 8GB of onboard storage which is expandable up to 32GB with the use of a MicroSD card. It's memory can be further increased with cloud storage if needed. The M2 also offers 4G connectivity and NFC.

The Xperia M2 also includes a superb 2300mAh battery which provides 15 hours of talk time and a whopping 58 hours of music playback.  In reality it easily powers the handset for 2 days of decent use and there's also a Stamina Mode which turns off background activities to prolong the battery life even further. It can be recharged with a standard microUSB cable.

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