Sony Xperia M2 Review: Dial M For Midrange: Performance

By 05:43 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


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Sony Xperia M2 is running on the Snapdragon 400 mid-range chipset. It offers four Cortex-A7 Central Processing Units (CPU) cores, Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM. We've already seen the S400 in action on the Motorola Moto G, the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, the HTC Desire 816, the HTC One mini 2 and several others so it's clearly a quite popular choice. And rightfully so as it delivers a snappy performance in everyday utilize and quite acceptable gaming as well.

Starting off with the Central Processing Units (CPU) benchmarks, the Xperia M2 posted an OK result on the multi-core GeekBench 3 cross-platform benchmark. While the score pales in comparison to the latest Krait processors, the Xperia M2 matched the performance of the Moto G and Xperia C and bettered that of the first-gen Krait and Cortex-A9 devices.

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Geekbench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3011

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    2968

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    2937

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    2670

  • LG Nexus 5

    2453

  • HTC One (M8)

    2367

  • LG G2

    2243

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1895

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    1869

  • HTC One mini 2

    1526

  • LG Optimus G

    1465

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1359

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    1321

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1315

  • LG Nexus 4

    1288

  • LG G2 mini

    1123

  • Motorola Moto G

    1120

  • Sony Xperia C

    1079

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1074

  • Oppo R819

    1047

  • HTC One mini

    887

  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE

    647

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    564

  • Nokia X

    421

AnTuTu is a compound benchmark, which also takes into account Random-Access Memory (RAM) and GPU performance. The Xperia M2 numbers are quite good, slightly better than the quad-core Cortex-A7-powered Moto G, much better than the Xperia C, but below the Xperia T2 Ultra.

AnTuTu 4

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)

    37009

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    36018

  • LG G2

    35444

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    31109

  • HTC Desire 816

    21580

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    19896

  • HTC One mini 2

    17883

  • Sony Xperia M2

    17808

  • LG G2 mini

    17362

  • Motorola Moto G

    17214

  • LG Optimus G

    16943

  • Oppo Find 5

    15167

  • Sony Xperia C

    13948

  • HTC One mini

    11434

  • Sony Xperia M

    9902

  • Nokia X

    7514

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II is another all-round benchmark. It gives an overall score along with single, multi-core performance, math performance and more. We focus on the overall score and the dedicated Central Processing Units (CPU) scores. The Sony Xperia M2 overall rating is quite poor, but the singe-core and multi-core performance put it very close to the Snapdragon 400-powered HTC One mini 2.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • LG G Pro 2

    1140

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    1082

  • Oppo Find 7a

    1057

  • HTC Desire 816

    520

  • HTC One mini 2

    517

  • HTC Desire 816 (anti-cheat)

    468

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    434

  • Sony Xperia M2

    298

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2580

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    2415

  • LG G Pro 2

    2401

  • HTC Desire 816

    1739

  • HTC One mini 2

    1357

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1164

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Find 7a

    10256

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    10063

  • LG G Pro 2

    9802

  • HTC Desire 816

    7071

  • Sony Xperia M2

    4927

  • HTC One mini 2

    4889

The graphics benchimprint results didn't come out peachy. The GFXBench tests - both off-classy screen and on-classy screen variants - reflected some very poor performance. It did better on the on-classy screen tests than the Xperia T2 Ultra, which has the same chipset but packs a higher resolution 720p display.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)

    28.4

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    27.8

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    26.3

  • LG G2

    22

  • Sony Xperia M2

    5.9

  • HTC Desire 816

    5.9

  • LG G2 mini

    5.8

  • HTC One mini 2

    5.8

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    5.8

  • HTC One mini

    5.6

  • Motorola Moto G

    5.6

  • Sony Xperia C

    2.8

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)

    30.1

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    28.1

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    26.7

  • LG G2

    23.1

  • Sony Xperia M2

    15.4

  • LG G2 mini

    14.9

  • HTC One mini 2

    11

  • HTC Desire 816

    11

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    10.9

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    10.6

  • Sony Xperia C

    7.3

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    11.8

  • HTC One (M8)

    11.1

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    9.9

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1.9

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.7

  • HTC Desire 816

    1.7

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)

    11.9

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    11.7

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    10

  • Sony Xperia M2

    6.9

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    4.7

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    4.1

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    4.0

  • HTC Desire 816

    3.9

  • HTC One mini 2

    3.8

The BrowserMark 2.1 tests HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 5 performance, while Mozilla's Kraken 1.1 is JavaScript-centric. The Sony Xperia M2 managed a fine score in BrowserMark but rather poor in Kraken.

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    1398

  • LG G Pro 2

    1346

  • Oppo Find 7a

    1327

  • LG Nexus 5

    1286

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1224

  • HTC One mini 2

    945

  • Sony Xperia M2

    903

  • HTC Desire 816

    774

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    6043

  • LG G Pro 2

    6578

  • Oppo Find 7a

    6660

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    7041

  • LG Nexus 5

    7148

  • HTC Desire 816

    13564

  • HTC One mini 2

    15684

  • Sony Xperia M2

    18047

Sony Xperia M2 and its powered Snapdragon 400 chipset offer fine overall performance, though the GPU benchmarks are quite uninspiring. What's really matters is real-life usage and it is great. The Android Operating System (OS) is as smooth as butter with no lag whatsoever, while most of the popular games run just fine.


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