Can Sony‘s budget Xperia models compete with the Motorola Moto G and Moto E?

by XB on 26th May 2014

in Featured Content, Xperia E1, Xperia M2

Moto-G-vs-Xperia-M2-640The Motorola Moto G, which launched last year, was a game-changing phone. A blend of great features, up-to-date Android build and low price point saw the phone sell in the bucketloads. The phone offered great value and could easily compete with phones for twice the price.

The Motorola Moto G is still one of the most compelling purchases at the budget end and can be bought in the UK around the £100 price point. However, recently Motorola announced two new phones the Moto E, which sits below the Moto G, and the Moto G 4G (adding LTE and a microSD slot). For those wondering how the specs of these handsets compare with Sony’s budget offering we’ve created the table below.

We’ve included the latest UK price points, which is obviously a key consideration when choosing between them. When looking at the Xperia E1, it’s a difficult sell when compared to the Moto E, let alone the Moto G, especially considering a paltry 512MB of RAM. Compared to the Moto E, the Xperia E1 comes off worse when it comes to display, RAM, camera and battery.

The Xperia M2 versus the Moto G 4G is a slightly different story, although ultimately the Moto still wins in our view considering the price points. The Xperia M2 is more expensive, which can be justified with the better design, camera (8MP vs 5MP), inclusion of NFC and battery (2300mAh vs 2070 mAh).

However, the Moto G 4G has a higher resolution display (4.5” 720p vs 4.8” qHD), is armed with KitKat out of the box and comes with the same chipset and RAM as the Xperia M2 despite being cheaper.

It shows just how much Motorola has disrupted the market and that Sony will need to offer much better value for money if it wants to seriously compete on the budget end. Would you choose any of the Sony models over the Moto G and Moto E? If so what are your reasons? Would you like to see a Moto G-killer from Sony? If so what specs and price point would you like to see? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Sony’s budget Xperia models versus Motorola Moto G and Moto E

PhoneMoto G 4GMoto GMoto EXperia M2Xperia E1Xperia SPXperia LXperia MXperia E
Display size (inches)
Screen Resolution720 x 1280720 x 1280540 x 960540 x 960480 x 800720 x 1280480 x 854480 x 854320 x 480
Water ResistantWater repellent coatingWater repellent coatingWater-resistant splash guardNoNoNoNoNoNo
Notification lightYes (one colour)Yes (one colour)Yes (one colour)YesYesYesYesYesYes
Price (£) - May 2014£149£100 (8GB), £138 (16GB)£79£220£109£190£149£125£75
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8X26Qualcomm MSM8X26Qualcomm MSM8210Qualcomm MSM8X26Qualcomm MSM8210Qualcomm MSM8960TQualcomm MSM8230Qualcomm MSM8227Qualcomm MSM7227A
Processor1.2GHz Quad-core1.2GHz Quad-core1.2GHz Dual-core1.2GHz Quad-core1.2GHz Dual-core1.7 GHz Dual-core1 GHz Dual-core1.0 GHz Dual-core1 GHz Single-core
GPUAdreno 305Adreno 305Adreno 302Adreno 305Adreno 302Adreno 320Adreno 305Adreno 305Adreno 200 (enhanced)
Android versionKitKat (4.4.2)KitKat (4.4.2)KitKat (4.4.2)Jelly Bean (4.3)Jelly Bean (4.3)
Expandable storageYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Size (mm)129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3139.65 x 71.14 x 8.64118 x 62.4 x 12130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm124 x 62 x 9.3113.5 x 61.8 x 11.0
Weight (g)143143142148120155137115115.7
SIMmicro SIMmicro SIMmicro SIMNormal SIMNormal SIMmicro SIMNormal SIMNormal SIMNormal SIM
ColoursInterchangeable back coversInterchangeable back coversInterchangeable back coversBlack, Purple, WhiteBlack, Purple, WhiteBlack, Red, White SilverBlack, Red, WhiteBlack, Purple, White, YellowBlack, Pink, White, Gold
Rear Camera sensor5MP5MP5MP8MP3MP8MP Exmor RS8MP Exmor RS5MP3.2MP
LED FlashYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
HDRYes (photo only)Yes (photo only)Yes (photo only)Yes (photo only)Yes (photo only)Yes (photo only)Yes (photo/video)Yes (photo only)No
Video Recording720p 30fps720p 30fpsFWVGA 30fps1080pWVGA1080p Full HD720p HD720p HDVGA
Front camera sensor1.3MP1.3MPNoVGANoVGAVGAVGANo
Dedicated camera buttonNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYes
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n [2.4 GHz/5 GHz]802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 2.1
Battery capacity (min)2070 mAh2070 mAh1980 mAh2300 mAh1750 mAH2300 mAh1700 mAh1700 mAh1500 mAh
Sealed BatteryYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNo
PlayStation CertifiedNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesNo
Proximity sensorYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo

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  • Mohammad Mehrdad

    No…The M2 is Overpriced can’t stand a chance to compete with the Moto G, the camera on the M2 is horrible… Better go for the Moto G or other Manufacturers… FYI I’m a Sony fan but TBH the M2 can’t stand a chance to compete with the Moto G..

  • Haceeb

    I’m a Sony fan so I really want to see a Moto G-killer from Sony. Sony! Make us believe.

  • shanefalco

    maybe xperia d2403 (250ppi) can compete with motoG if the 8mpx is good, the price is honest and use display lcd ips triluminos! ;)

  • 3rdflyleaf

    It’s not a SMARTphone if it doesn’t have a front facing camera. imo

  • rigelt

    Why are people so much focusing on the technical specs? It makes me sick sometimes. After they destroyed the good old SE Arc, I just bought two Xperia M2 for my kids (10 & 7). The phone delivers EXACTLY what I was looking for. Decent looking hardware paired with the splendid usability of the Sony Android experience!
    Honestly? I was surprised, how much phone we got for the money. I never felt like opting for the Motorola G just to save us a few bucks. No doubt, the Motorola offers a lot of phone for your money, but M2 prices will come down for sure – do you always order the cheapest gin and the cheapest whisky? Phones are bought every two years, why the whole penny pincher discussion.

  • shanefalco

    with a good bugfix sony can better camera ;) the problem is software ;)

  • MG

    Same price point with Moto G but with higher specs is Xperia T. It might be an older phone, but who cares. This is the real comparison.

  • John Jonathan Salud

    Sony can. Bring the SP2 on the table :)

  • EowynCarter

    Jelly bean for sony, kitkat for motorola.

    Nuff said…

  • ShinOrochiX

    Truth is that Motorola is better than Sony as of now, I am the only Xperia user in my family with the SP and the rest of my family have the Motorola Moto G and I can say based on playing with the phones that the Moto devices are far better, in terms of hardware/software with price tag. My SP looks better and thats about it, even the Moto G’s 5MP camera does a superb job. If I weren’t such a Sony fan I’d have a Motorola-I’ve been with Sony for years…

  • rigelt

    I mean – do a google image search moto g dialer. Looks very inferior to what I am used to on Xperias since forever. I can’t tell you how I hate Apple’s dialer. Nothing and no app is better than what you get from HTC and Sony in this area. Saves you a lot more time than a better CPU does.

  • rigelt

    very nice input!

  • a guy that likes sony


  • Eduardo Otero

    Don’t be stupid Sony will never compete against those Moto G because Sony makes anything but cheaper phones

  • Eduardo Otero

    Sony won’t make a cheaper phone…

  • Eduardo Otero

    Price honest??
    Come on Sony has the same prices that Samsung, LG and others. It is not making Nexus ones

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  • No

  • xili

    Look at the price and specs between Xperia E1 and Moto E, absolutely not, Sony always tends to overpriced their products on launch but then price drops quite a lot after few months.

  • Maria Marry

    No no I am not agree with that because of

  • Shakhawat Hossain

    Straight answer : NO ! Sony can best make lower mid-range phones. But in the low range segment, Sony doesn’t stand a chance against the likes of Moto E ! And my personal opinion about the E1 is, It looks cool but its display and camera is complete shit. Moto E has much better display. Also look at the price point of Moto E and Xperia E1. And this comes from a hardcore Sony fan like me(all of my androids are Sony made). Why ? Maybe because i held higher expectations from Sony this year…

  • Mateusz R Traczyk

    Yeah… better if you’re comparing a old mid-range phones. In terms of high-end phones, Motorola can’t even hold a candle next to Sony.

  • DrazenDodig

    Sony’s pricing is made for carriers, so they wont do what Motorola is doing… if you are looking to buy off contract, then Moto G is simply best value but if you are looking for contract deals everyone else competes… imho, M2 needs 720p display but rest of the specs are fine – it will also be cheaper when it is “old” as Moto G.

  • utsav koju

    will they be able to do that? I have been using XL and though its 8mp it is just horrible. :(

  • utsav koju

    yeap! sony makes mobile cheaper smart phone. Cheap in quality :(

  • Eduardo Otero

    Tell me just one cheap Xperia, there is no one!!
    Sony makes great phones that obviously can’t be cheap.
    I wouldn’t sacrifice all that Sony gives for getting one cheap phone
    If you’re looking for that there is Moto G, Huawei and others cheap brands.

  • maki

    sony is too expensive

  • Vincentius Phang

    wow i didnt know xperia M2 has such awful screen resolution

  • EowynCarter

    That’s Sony’s problem in my experience. Good hardware, but poor software. Too bad, they have lots of good idea.

  • Samuel Serafim

    Sony have no chance.

  • Mahinthan So

    Difficult to compete with google when it sets it full hands in it.. That because there main target is passion not $$

  • Guest

    I will go for Moto G because of M2 is highly overprice plus any update that sony provide contain lot of lot of bugs.. So my experience with Xperai go is not very good in term of update (ICS and jelly beam). I am having Xperai M, cam quality is not up to mark. even update for Xperai M is available I will not do it.. because of my previous experience. Sony charges premium amount but now they had to justify it.

    Xperia C and Xperia L will not have any update. so Moto G is a really very best option despite of sony fan.

  • Yasir Fawad

    Xperia e

  • Eduardo Otero

    You’re not getting the point. Ok Xperia E is a cheap phone but it has very weak hardware, it’s unable to compete to Moto G. The next in line is Xperia M but it’s more expensive
    My old Xperia Pro (2011) is better than Xperia E…

  • xperianer

    omg…xperia M2

    if someone really wanne have that, first look the device size: 139.65 x 71.14 x 8.64

    wtf. 4,8inch in THAT big size?

    if you WANT have sony, then go for the xperia T. quiet same in more beautiful…(besides the lower battery)

    there is no reason why this phone should be present^^ sorry :)

    if you have to choose between moto g and m2…then the moto g. for sure!!!

  • xperianer

    i get you there. and i have to say you are right. the xperia T is still some hot phone. (even better with omnirom ;))

    the problem is in shops they wanne sell the new one, so if someone go ask for a sony phone, i think 9 out of 10 workers show new 2013/2014er phones.

    the xperia T also has a nice screen-device relation. what more? ARC design :D

  • Sadman Khan

    If SP had a good camera, any other phone in that range would be history.


    dude,it’s not bugs,except for nokia and japan-only phones,sony has the best phone camera, but its isp is so poor,’cause it’s complimentary qualcomm isp?not sony‘s own isp, and japanese manufacturer fujitsu(where samsung’s isp from) has used sony’s best camera imx200(the same as z1,z2) with its own isp and lens,let’s wait and see how good the camera will be,and it’s said that sony will switch z3’s isp to its own 0.0

  • Sridhar D

    Yes. We need a cost effective phone from Sony. Not a cheaper one :)

  • Eduardo Otero

    Well I’m pretty sure Xperia phones costs what they worth (ok I’m surely wrong)

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  • Well post SAR. Moto E (Indian Edition) has Far worst SAR when compared to Xperia M. The sole reason why bought Xperia M for my mom. -

    P.S I do also own a Moto E for development work.

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