just One-touch with the Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M One-touch functions with NFC

Sony loves NFC

No high-end specs, no virtual wallets and no contactless payments bla bla in this post.
The presentation of the xperia M is like a declaration of love to NFC. Let’s see what the ease of sharing means for Sony.

Xperia and NFC

When you take your new Xperia M out of the box and power it on, expect the NFC turned on by default, like the Xperia Z. A plus and in contrast to most other brands.
The NFC implementation is standard Android. No prompts asking your confirmation, faster and easier than BlackBerry and Windows phones, but less secure.
If you are afraid of nfc; In the settings, NFC and Android Beam can be enabled/disabled separately.
Sony puts small NFC stickers on the back of some/all? nfc enabled phones. It just shows the place of the nfc antenna. Some find it ugly and pull it off.
NFC tags in the box? I didn’t found “in the box info” yet. The flagship Xperia Z had none of the brightly colored SmartTags in the box  😥 ,so this cheaper Xperia M …


When Samsung announces a new phone I must conduct an inquiry into the 3 characters NFC.
Sony is the opposite, what a luxury. Sony loves NFC! Pairing and sharing is widely covered in press release and product info. “Connect one device to another in a single tap. No wires, cables, or fiddling with settings necessary.”
Sony is using a lot the term one-touch for NFC-based functions. Connect your NFC enabled Xperia Phone (most Xperia’s, not all) with the TV, boombox, home cinema, headphones, speakers, Vaio computers and a “personal content station” (external storage). Touch and connect with more and more (Sony) NFC enabled consumer electronics.
Other-brand NFC enabled devices do pair with your Xperia? Unfortunately, little or no feedback so far.  Functions may not work despite a successful handshake.
NFC tags in Sony’s devices and accessories use Sony’s FeliCa technology. They are NFC Forum type 3 tags and should work with ALL devices with standard NFC. (Sony told NFC Times). In the same interview, a high demand for nfc tags was mentioned. Many new consumer electronic devices with nfc chip are coming to the market.

Following NFC features are promoted;

  • From smartphone to speaker / One-touch listening; Play music through a wireless NFC-enabled Bluetooth speaker or headphones. Just tap the back of your Xperia phone against the speaker’s NFC antenna and the music is played out loud.
  • From smartphone to smartphone / One-touch sharing; Share photos, music and more between two phones, or between your phone and an NFC-enabled laptop.
  • From smartphone to big screen / Screen mirroring; Touch your NFC phone to your BRAVIA® remote control (NOT TV) to display photos, games or movies on the TV screen.
  • One-touch backup; Store your photos and videos on the Sony Personal Content Station™ (a wireless hub).

Besides NFC?
1 GHz Qualcomm 2-core, 5 Mp camera, 4 Gb memory, NO spectacular new features. The list with all specifications is below the video.
The Xperia M is a mid-range phone, not the new successor to the Xperia Z flagship.  The specs of this phone don’t make hearts beat faster. I’ll leave it to others, to write about other features. The first reviews and comparisons will be soon online. No price tags at announcement.

The Xperia M and Xperia M dual will be available worldwide from Q3 2013, in Black, White and Purple. A Yellow colour variation will also be available for the single SIM model.



  • 124 grams
  • 4.37 ounces


  • 124 x 62 x 9.3 mm
  • 4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 inches

On the inside

  • Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm dual-core

Camera and video

  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and Auto focus
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Face detection
  • Front-facing camera for video calls
  • Geotagging
  • HD video recording (720p), up to 30 frames per second
  • Quick Launch
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus

Connectivity and communication

  • 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
  • aGPS
  • ANT+ supports fitness
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • Media Go
  • Native USB tethering
  • NFC
  • PC Companion
  • Screen mirroring
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook
  • USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
  • Xperia Link
  • Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality


  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Motions gaming
  • Video streaming
  • 3D games
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR

Pre-loaded applications

  • Google Play*
  • Google Chrome*
  • Google Voice Search*
  • Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude*


  • RAM: 1GB
  • Flash memory: Up to 4 GB
  • Expansion slot: microSD card, up to 32 GB


  • UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz (not available in all markets)
  • UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV), 2100 (Band I) MHz (not available in all markets)
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Display and design

  • 4″, 16 million colours, 854 x 480 pixels
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Capacitive touchscreen with on-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • 16 million colours, 1280 x 720 pixels

Source; SonyMobile.com

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