Sony Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z
A visitor looks at the new Sony Xperia phone and tablet through a glass window during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Reuters

Japanese smartphone maker Sony announced the launch of its mid-range smartphones Xperia M and its dual-SIM version.

The latest smartphone will join Sony's low-end Xperia smartphones like Xperia SP and Xperia L. Regarding the specifications of Xperia M, the smartphone sports a 4-inch TFT FWVGA  screen with 854x480 pixel resolution and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset. It comes with Adreno 305 GPU and packs 1GB of RAM along with an internal storage of 4GB.

"Consumers looking for their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones, would be well-advised to look at Xperia M or Xperia Mdual," said Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile Communications adding that Both models benefit from Sony's proven innovation and engineering expertise, and are perfect for those who want the premium technology and experiences often only associated with high-end models."

The handset runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system and has Sony's custom user interface along with Sony's audio enhancement technology ClearAudio+, xLOUD and 3D Surround Sound (VPT). In terms of connectivity, the device come with NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM radio and DLNA features. It packs a 1,750mAh battery which claims to give up to 10 hours of talk time and 552 hours on standby mode.

The smartphone will come in both single and dual-SIM variants, and will be available in black, white, purple and lime colour variants. Sony is yet to reveal the price and the availability of the smartphones, which are expected to hit the market in the third quarter.