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Sony’s affordable and colourful Xperia M priced and dated for UK release

Sony’s latest affordable Android has been given a pricing guide and release information for both the UK and Germany, with the Jelly Bean-toting little phone arriving in August.

UK SIM-free retailer Handtec lists the Xperia M for £227.99 whilst in Germany the single SIM model is priced at €239 and the dual SIM is €299, both models being SIM-free also.

We’ve not spotted any contract options yet from any European network, although going by the SIM-free prices we can imagine the phone to be free on contracts of around £20/£25 per month.

Carphone Warehouse looks set to stock the M in the UK and so we can expect contract options on most major UK networks to be found there. Whilst Handtec lists the phone as ‘out of stock’, CPW says it expects the phone to go on sale in August.

Announced recently, the Xperia M is rather dinky in size; measuring 124 x 62 x 9.3mm and weighing a feather light 115g. Embedded into its diminutive frame is a 4-inch TFT touchscreen which sports a resolution of 854 x 480, which of course is comparatively low by today’s high-end smartphone standards, but will still do an ample job. The phone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM and runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1, so you’ll be good to go with the latest batch of Android apps and games without much trouble.

Dual cameras provide options to capture HD video (720p), snap stills and make videos calls, with a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a 0.3 megapixel (VGA) sensor up front. 4GB of internal storage is augmented with a micro SD card slot whilst the usual connectivity options are available, minus 4G LTE.

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