Sony goes for Moto G’s jugular with cryptic D2403 entry-level smartphone

Posted on May 22 2014 - 10:54am by Adrian Diaconescu

The sweet, sweet Xperia G rumors floating around a while ago never materialized and so technically Sony is yet to deliver a legitimate Moto G rival. But the Japanese may target Motorola’s other low-cost enchilada before long with a handheld known merely by a mysterious combination of letters and numbers.

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Meet the D2403, benchmarked over at GFX Bench and exposed as a fairly humble 4.4 incher… with 4G LTE connectivity. Sooo, will it compete against the 4G Moto G after all? Probably not, since the 884 x 540 (read 960 x 540) pix res display is no match for G’s 720p glass.

Then again, the Xperia looks to be the superior photographic piece of equipment, thanks to an 8 MP rear-facing camera capable of shooting Full HD videos and escorted by nifty add-ons such as flash, HDR, autofocus and face detection. Hence, I presume Sony intends to kill two birds with one stone.

Of course, they’ll need mighty competitive pricing to challenge any one of Moto’s two budget-conscious champions. Say, in the $180 – $210 ballpark.

Sony D2403

Aside from the modest panel, the D2403 makes a major sacrifice in the front snapper department, likely alienating selfie junkies with a sub-par VGA cam. Meanwhile, the quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU make for a zippy enough hardware config to tie the G raw speed-wise and trump the E.

The 1 gig of RAM is again on-par with what the G offers, and so is built-in storage: 16 GB. Technically, the D2403 and Moto G are on even ground on the software side of things as well, though obviously Sony’s Android 4.4 KitKat fork will be plagued by customizations and tweaks.

Before wrapping up, I’m ashamed to admit I truly have no idea how the D2403 will be branded once it goes official. The model number is somewhat similar to Xperia M2’s D2303, but the specs and size bring to mind last year’s Xperia L, aka C2105. Right, so my best bet, based on nothing but a hunch, is Xperia L2.

Via [GFX Bench]

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