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Sony Xperia M Vs Samsung Galaxy Core Vs Xperia L Phone Comparison

The Sony Xperia M was recently launched and we did a review (check Sony Xperia M Review) to see how good it was, and for us it was quite a decent phone but when you are comparing it with a few competitors for a final decision, it’s not easy when several features are nearly the same and the pricing too is competitive. Below we compare the three smartphones – Sony Xperia M, Samsung Galaxy Core and the Sony Xperia L, where the third one is priced a bit higher than the other two, but performs better too.

The Xperia M although attracts us with the pricing, doesn’t hold up itself with the features and performance when you compare it with the Galaxy Core, or the Xperia L. Let’s see why!

Sony Xperia M vs Samsung Galaxy Core vs Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia M vs Galaxy Core vs Xperia L

Display, Design and the Form Factor

When you have the Galaxy tag to the smartphone, it’s the same design you would be seeing as always for all the Galaxy smartphones from Samsung, but Sony didn’t do any better job as the other Xperia devices were quite the same but the Xperia M still had the flat base, compared to the curved one on the Xperia L. Still, you don’t notice much of the difference from the front and back, making it an easily recognizable Sony device.

As for the design, there isn’t much to call one better than the other, because the white Galaxy looks better but the Xperia L has the Arc shape which sometimes feels more comfortable on the palm.

Processor, Storage and GPU

The Galaxy Core is quite better than both the Sony devices here, having a better processor speed, and the Cortex A-5 processor keeping the speed high, but when comparing the Xperia M and L, it’s the Xperia L having a better speed with a MSM8230 chipset against the MSM8227 one on the Xperia M. But let’s keep the specs aside, the Xperia L didn’t show the lag that the Xperia M did when frequently switching between the apps and games.

The GPU is better in the Xperia series when compared to the Galaxy Core, as there’s a Adreno 305 GPU compared to the Adreno 203 in the Galaxy Core. All the three devices have got a RAM of 1 GB for the multitasking.

The problem with the storage of the Xperia M was the 2 GB of available storage to the user, which restricts the number of apps that can be installed because the Play Store installs the apps in the phone storage and not in the SD card.

Camera – Capture quality, Video Recording and Features

Sony Xperia M vs Galaxy Core vs Xperia L Camera

It’s Xperia L > Galaxy Core > Xperia M when the quality of captures from the three cameras are compared. The 8-megapixel camera of the Xperia L did a pretty decent job of capturing a bright-light picture, and the Core too was good at that but the Xperia M was not up to the mark, with a lot of blur although a good light. The low light capturing with the flash too was not much different in all the three devices.

The video recording is possible with the 720p HD quality on the Sony Xperia L and M devices but the one on the Galaxy core is possible at 480p quality.

Other Features & Specs to Compare

All the three devices come with the Android Jelly Bean OS, with updates ready even just after the device is out of the box. The Xperia L and M both had some updates to the Android 4.1.2, some minor ones.

To talk about the battery, the Galaxy core has got a 1800 mAh battery, while the Xperia devices have got a 1750 mAh battery, with the Xperia devices having some good options for the battery management, including the Stamina Mode and others which get activated, limiting several features when the device is on low battery.

Pricing Comparison

The Xperia M and Galaxy Core are priced the same but the Xperia L is a little higher priced than the two. The actual pricing of the Galaxy Core is Rs. 12,900 in the Indian market, and the Xperia M is priced exactly the same, while the Sony Xperia L is priced at Rs. 17000, but when you are trying to select the best one in them and do not have a fixed budget, it’s easy to say that you can go with the Sony Xperia L, but when you are looking for something in the lower range, the final result would depend on whether you are looking for a device with a good camera, or a better screen – Core has got a neater camera, while the Xperia M has a better display.

Specification Sony Xperia M Samsung Galaxy Core Sony Xperia L
Dimensions 124 x 62 x 9.3 mm 129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm 128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm
Screen 4-inch TFT Capacitive 4.3-inch TFT Capacitive 4.3-inch TFT Capacitive
Display 480 x 854 pixels, 245 PPI 480 x 800 pixels, 217 PPI 480 x 854 pixels, 228 PPI
Processor – Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8625 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230
Processor Dual core, 1 GHz, Krait Dual core, 1.2 GHz, ARM Cortex-A5 Dual core, 1 GHz, Krait
GPU Adreno 305 Adreno 203 Adreno 305
RAM 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB
OS Android 4.1 Android 4.1 Android 4.1.2
Camera – Rear 5 megapixels, LED Flash 5 megapixels, LED Flash 8 megapixels, LED Flash
Video Recording 720p 480p 720p
Camera – Front VGA VGA VGA
Internal Storage 4 GB, 2 GB available 8 GB 8 GB
Storage expansion MicroSD, to 32 GB MicroSD, to 64 GB MicroSD, to 32 GB
Battery 1750 mAh 1800 mAh 1750 mAh


  1. elvin

    May 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    i hav owned an XPERIA M , i am 100 % satisfied with it, i dont know wat the author meant lag while switching app? :-/
    i liked to play hd games in it, the gpu will provide you wat ever, the only disappointment is the lack of internal memory :-(, but if you want to run heavy apps in it you can check a lot of tricks in google, i bought this phone for 10k, and it really worth for the price, if you are a music lover you can check “viper for Android”, its an awesome app, almost same audio output of apple products 🙂

    if have enough budjet then go for Xperia L
    don’t screw with fucking galaxy series

    welcome to XPERIA family 🙂


    December 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    very nice comparison but i think sony is cost wise higher than samsung. but sony is a excellent phone than samsung galaxy.

  3. shubham

    October 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    i do remember seeing 720 option in core’s camera in some review video.

  4. Manish

    October 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Check your facts right author ………….. Kraits are more powerful than A5.. Xperia ‘s Graphics is way advanced than Galaxy. Xperia M & L supports skyping whereas Galaxy Core does not support Skyping….

    • Chetan Bhawani

      October 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I’ve to say, you shouldn’t go with the specs. When you have the device in the hands, the practical test would show you how good it is. Kraits are powerful, but the output in the end is not what one would expect.

      • krishh

        October 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        dear mr.chetan bhawani,

        don’t mislead innocent people who land in your page by accident. both xperia m and l are more powerful than samsung galaxy core.

        • Chetan Bhawani

          October 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

          If I was to support Samsung by any means, I wouldn’t have compared these devices. Do comment with knowledge if at all you have played around with the devices and have actually tested the performance on each. Only if the processor by specs is better, it doesn’t make it better in the actual device.

  5. abhishek

    September 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    so u guys decide a better smartphone by its display
    grow up get some life
    core has old a5 processor and adreno 203 which wont stand anywhere in front of xperia m .and also the build quality hehhehe samsung sucks in that factor too

  6. Ram

    August 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I do agree with you about the review over Sony Xperia L bcos i own that device neverthless its a midrange android smartphone its performance is outstanding, I went on a 3 month research b4 buying this mobile untill Xperia M came into pic. Bt still i don let my phone down, Xperia M holds a same hardware spec when compared to Galaxy core bt performs wise it took the lead position and freeky samsung comes up with a old version of android Cortex A5, which faces lots of probs whne multitasking. kindly have a look into the Quadrant, Ninamark & Antutu Bench mark scores of Xperia M vs Core(obviously Xperia M wins). Sony actually has to appreciated at this moment that they have come up a long back through and now brilliantly holding the midrange android mobile market with some of thier line like Xperia M, L, J.

    Folks i would suggest Sony mobile if you r a hard gamer and passionate abt photography, using Xmor lens low lighting pictures are been boosted by sony & its upcoming updates. Guys dont give a thot of samsung go for Sony L r M(if budget is 13K.
    Thanks you ………………………

  7. jayesh

    August 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    i dond agree on processor front core is having cortex a5 while xperias have Krait processors which are hell more powerful than the one on core kinldy edit

    • Aman

      August 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Daaaaammmmmmmmm Agree dude…..

    • rhishav das

      September 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

      So, you say that galaxy core have not powerfull processor than the xperia m/L.
      I want to choose a smart phone. & i want to know xperia m or samsung galaxy core or nokia lumia 520 is better?
      Please mail me(

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