[Update] I Unboxed the Sony Xperia M2 Smartphone

I just got a hold of this Sony Xperia M2 smartphone, so I took advantage of the opportunity to unbox it to see what this device really has in store for us. Now you have to take note, just in case you are not aware of it yet, that this Xperia M2 device is not a newest device from Sony. This was first released in the country about a year ago. I know it's a bit late, but I think it's better than never. So let's begin.

Inside the box, these are what users will get. The unit itself, with some paperworks as well as the USB cord and wall charger. And of course the Sony standard earphones.

There is the wall charger with Sony on it.

A Sony-branded standard earphones is another accessory we can find inside the box. Unfortunately it is not an in-ear ones like those we see in ZenFone devices. But of course if you have other earphones or headphones with you, this Xperia M2 still supports them.

The usual USB cable is also present in the packaging which can be used for charging the Xperia M2 through the wall charger or through any USB-port equipped devices like computers and power banks. This can also be used for transferring file from and to this smartphone.

Just like any other wall chargers of today's smartphones whether it's Android or non-Android, this one from Sony is still detachable from the USB cord.

Those are our fist look what the accessories that come in the box with the Sony Xperia M2. Now let's focus more on the main star of this unboxing article, the smartphone itself called the Xperia M2.

sony xperia m2

The Sony Xperia M2 device sports a nearly 5-inch display, 4.8" inch to be exact with qHD resolution which translates to 960 x 540 pixel arrangement and pixel density of 229 pixels per inch. It's not that attractive anymore in today's standard, even though this Xperia M2 is marketed as a mid-range device. Last year this could be the standard display resolution for mid-range devices but this year, it's different now. And yet, when I played around with this phone, the quality of the display is actually not that bad. It's still very nice to look at and interact with.

And like many other Android phones, the Xperia M2 has three buttons known to the iOS rival devices, the Back, Home and Multitasking keys. However, on M2 these buttons are on-screen which can only be used when the screen is awake. And that leaves us some wasted space below those keys or on the bottom bezel.

sony xperia m2

You may not be happy to know that this Sony handset runs on so yesteryear Android 4.3 Lollipop, well that's not even surprising to know realizing that this Xperia M2 was released in the local market a year ago. But one the good (or probably great) thing about it, is that it can be upgraded to the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop. As you can see in the box image, it says there upgradeable to Android Kitkat, but it is confirmed to support Android 5.1 Lollipop. Nice, right?


Right at the bottom of the Xperia M2 lies the speaker grills, which looks very beautiful and premium. I like that fact that this is where this speaker is placed rather than on the flat back panel. The rear cover is not as curved as the ones we see on ZenFone devices so having speakers sitting on its back is not a good move. Audio quality and listening experience is messed up when phone is lying on a flat surface.

On the right side are the very familiar buttons we see in Xperia series of device even up to this date. There's the protruding power and lock key, followed by the volume rockers below it.

Just above the power key are the some of the most important features and slots, the microSIM and microSD card ports. Users can have up to 32GB of extra memory card on top of the default 8GB.

On top, there is nothing to be found here apart from the lonely 3.5mm audio jack for listening purposes should you not like using the speaker grills below all of the time.

And then of course on the back is the 8MP main camera all equipped with autofocus functionality and the ability to record up to 1080p videos.

See below the rest of the specs of this device.

Sony Xperia M2 specs:

- 4.8" qHD TFT display
- 960 x 540 resolution, 229ppi
- 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
- Adreno 305
- 8GB internal storage
- Supports microSD card up to 32GB
- 8MP rear camera
- 0.3MP front camera
- Android 4.3 Jellybean
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- Single-SIM
- 4G LTE
- 2,300mAh battery

This Sony Xperia M2 is now available in other variants like the Dual-SIM one with Xperia M2 Dual. This one that I unboxed is single-SIM variant so if you want to use more than one sim card, you may need to get the other version. Another thing is, this M2 here is not certified with any IP grades, meaning it is not to be submerged in water. Good news is, the Xperia M2 Aqua is now out and it is capable of surviving under water up to 1.5 meters for as long as 30 minutes.

[UPDATE 11/4/15]
Me and my friend Josef of DavaoGeekHub.com made a simple collaboration video where we unboxed the Sony Xperia M2, watch it below.

Thanks to our fellow Davao blogger Ria Jose from DiyosaLife.com for letting us borrow this unit.
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