Feb 24th, 2014

While the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet were Sony’s most impressive devices on display at Mobile World Congress, the Japanese company had a couple of other neat surprises hiding in the box. For starters, we’re getting our first look at the Sony Xperia M2, a mid-range Xperia handset that tries its best to outdo everyone in its range.

The device sports a 4.8-inch display with 960 x 540 resolution, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon processor with Adreno 305 graphics, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage with microSD expansion up to 32GB, and more. You’ll even get Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, some options you don’t even see on every high-end phone these days.

On board will be Android 4.3 Jelly Beam, though we imagine Sony will want to make quick work to bring KitKat to the masses at some point after its launch.

Following that up, Sony also saw fit to announce their new SmartWear fitness bands. These things snap around your wrist and help enhance your life in more ways than one. Whether it’s counting your steps and suggesting more ways to get active, monitoring your sleep cycles and helping to wake you up at optimal times, or telling you there’s a notification on your phone and allowing you to jump between music tracks, you can keep a pulse on your life without much effort.

This waterproof band communicates with Sony’s Lifelog app to help facilitate all of those things, using NFC to pair and Bluetooth for the low-powered connection. The band will also vibrate whenever you walk 10 meters away from your phone, so you’ll never have to worry about losing one of the most important devices in your life. The Sony Xperia M2 is expected to launch this April, while you can get your hands on the SmartBand at some point next month.

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