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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