Sony today have announced a new phone the M2 Aqua. No, this isn’t just a different colour version of the M2, but rather a waterproof version of the mid-range M2 handset.
Spec wise the new M2 Aqua is the same as the M2, a decent mid-range handset with a few small adjustments. Main specs are listed below:
The main difference between the two handsets is the Aqua uses an IPS panel, like that found in the Z2 rather than the TFT LCD panel in the original M2 which should ensure better viewing angles and a better display. Due to the waterproofing the phone is marginally bigger, 140 x 72 x 8.6 mm compared to 139.7 x 71.1 x 8.6 mm for the original so users won’t notice it but may find some tight cases may not fit. Speaking of the waterproofing, the M2 Aqua is IP 65 and 68 rated, with Sony declaring it as the “world’s highest level of waterproofing available in a smartphone”. The rating means the Aqua is impervious to dust, low pressure water jets and can be submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes.
The phone will be available in black and white colours with release in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, for a mid-range price, at some point in the autumn.
Xperia™ M2 Aqua, the waterproof
• The world’s highest level of waterproofing available in a
smartphone2 at a price that suits everyone
• Snap incredible photos in and out of the water with a
stunning 8MP camera and Sony’s suite of creative Xperia
• Sony’s flagship experience in a premium design with
ultra-fast LTE and best-in-class processor performance for
better entertainment on the go
• World’s highest smartphone battery capacity in its category3
with long-lasting 2300mAh battery
• Best-in-class 4.8” qHD display, perfect for one-handed usage
19 August, 2014, London, UK – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony
Mobile”) today introduces XperiaTM M2 Aqua, the first smartphone to bring
Sony’s popular waterproof technology to a mid-range price-point.
Featuring Sony’s signature OmniBalance design and a fantastic 8MP
camera, Xperia M2 Aqua not only brings waterproof technology to a new
tier of smartphones, it improves on that technology, offering the highest
waterproof rating (IP65/68) in a smartphone2
“Xperia M2 Aqua is a significant milestone in our product portfolio as we
bring yet another of our signature technologies to a new category of
smartphones,” says Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at
Sony Mobile. “The popularity of Xperia M2 showed us that there was a huge
demand for premium Sony features at an affordable price-point. Following
consumer feedback, we’ve now taken this a step further by bringing our
waterproof expertise to a mid-range smartphone for the first time with
Xperia M2 Aqua. It is a smartphone that lets customers take the best of
Sony technology and entertainment with them wherever they go – come
rain or shine – and we are excited to bring it to market.”