Sony has yet to release their upcoming Xperia M (C1904/C1905) model however as early as now the company has already made available the open source files for this device. The company has been known to support he open source community and with this release they just made sure that independent Android developers can tinker with the model right away as soon as it is released.
The open source download for the Xperia M is for build 15.1.A.1.9 and comes at a size of 128 MB. Once downloaded, developers will be able to easily create custom kernel and ROMs for this device.
Sony announced the Xperia M last June and is positioned as a budget device. This does not mean though that it should not be considered. It looks really good since it follows the company’s OmniBalance design. Positioned at the bottom of the screen is the RGB light strip which gives consumers notifications and alerts. It has a minimalistic feel to it that gives this device its own sense of style.
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 4-inch, 480×854 TFT display
- 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB internal memory, expandable via MicroSD (up to an additional 32GB)
- 5MP Auto-Focus/LED Flash Exmor RS camera
- 1750 mAh battery, removable
- Weighs in at 115g., 9.3mm thick
- Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
The specs are similar to that of entry level Android smartphones today. One important feature that this model has is its Stamina mode which further extends the battery life since it turns off some or all of the radio’s when not in use.
When released in the market it will come in black, white, and purple. A dual-SIM variant is being planned which will come in Yellow. A couple of online retailers are already accepting pre-orders for this device with its price pegged at less than $300. There’s still no specified date as to when this will be released but estimates are by the middle of this month.