Sony Xperia M landing in Q3

Sony announces its fresh Xperia M smartphone will ship globally.

Sony Xperia M
Meet the new Sony Xperia M Sony

Electronics manufacturer Sony ended a relatively quiet period today by announcing a new Xperia M smartphone. Judging from its dual-core processor and 5MP camera, clearly the Xperia M is a midrange Android handset and not in the same class as the company's Xperia Z flagship device.

That said, Sony seems to have crafted the Xperia M with a similar amount of care and an eye for style. The Xperia M, if the official photos of the gadget do it justice, seems to be quite a looker. Thin and trim with angled edges, the phone sports many of the industrial design language that set the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL apart. You'll even find the familiar sliver of an LED notification light below the Xperia M's 4-inch (854x480 pixels) LCD screen. It pulsates in different colors depending on the alert it is communicating.

Of course the display can't hold a candle to the massive and bright 5-inch full HD (1,920x1,080 pixels) screen that both the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL flaunt. Even so, a smaller viewing area likely translates into a more compact and pocket-friendly chassis. And like the Xperia ZL, the Xperia M appears to lack the Xperia Z's fancy glass back siding and splash/dust resistant body.

The Xperia M looking pretty. Sony

There's no word on pricing yet, nor is availability for the Xperia M is set for a specific date, beyond Q3 2013. I'm guessing chances are slim that it will reach U.S. shores, since the GSM phone lacks support for 4G LTE. For more info, take a look at our partner site CNET UK's take on the Sony Xperia M .

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.

 

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