You have to hand it to Sony – they keep trying. The newly announced Xperia M is a budget-oriented phone that can be obtained in a variety of neat colors. It has a small-ish 4-inch screen, and it comes in black, white, purple, and yellow (depending on model). It's not gigantic, which is a rarity these days.

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There will be single and dual-SIM versions of the Xperia M best suited for different markets. The device is PlayStation certified and comes with the rest of Sony's first-party apps, which can be both good and bad. Here are the rest of the relevant specs:

  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core
  • 1 GB RAM.
  • 4 GB (up to 2.8 GB user-accessible memory) internal phone memory.**
  • Memory card slot: microSD card, up to 64 GB
  • 4-inch 854×480 LCD
  • 24 x 62 x 9.3 mm - 115 g
  • 5MP camera
  • Android 4.1 (single-SIM), Android 4.2 (dual-SIM)
  • UMTS HSPA+ 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

Notice there's no LTE anywhere to be found in this device, but it does have HSPA+. So, this isn't a top-of-the-line device, but it's probably going to be fairly inexpensive when it comes out in Q3 of this year. Sony hasn't nailed down pricing yet.