Sony recently continued its streak of making unlocked Xperia smartphones available to consumers in the U.S. by adding the Xperia M to its online shop. Originally introduced in June, the Xperia M features a 4-inch 854x480 display and VGA camera on its face, as well as a second 5-megapixel shooter on its backside. Packed inside the Xperia M's frame is a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4GB storage, microSD slot, 1GB RAM and a 1,700mAh battery.
As far as connectivity goes, this Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and UMTS/HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100MHz), meaning that it should play nicely with AT&T and T-Mobile here in the U.S. The device also comes unlocked, so buyers will be able to just pop in their SIM card and be on their way.
The Xperia M is currently listed in Sony's online shop in black, white, yellow and purple variants. The purple model is currently out of stock, but the other three versions are available for $249.99 and estimated to ship on Sept. 11. Newegg appears to have all four colors available for the same price.
The Xperia M may not be the highest-end handset in Sony's lineup, but its $249.99 unlocked price tag could make it worth a look for consumers that just need an affordable smartphone. Even if you're not actually considering a purchase of the Xperia M, though, it's worth acknowledging that Sony continues to offer several of its Xperia smartphones to U.S. consumers in unlocked form. That's not something that many other manufacturers do, and so it's good to see Sony keeping its tradition alive. The Xperia M can be found in Sony and Neweggs's online stores using the links below.