We did mention it in passing, but Sony also announced a mid-range phone called the Xperia M4 Aqua. The Aqua moniker is because not only is it waterproof (IP65/8 rated, but it also doesn’t need a cap to be put on the MicroUSB charger.
Before you rush off to go buy the phone for all those holiday times when you need to take an underwater shot, or need to send just one more text in the middle of the rain, there are a couple of other specs that should be of interest; there’s a 13MP rear facing camera with an Exmoor sensor and f/2.0 aperture.
The front camera is 5MP with a ‘wide angle lens so no-one’s left out of shot’, which makes me thing Ellen has a lot to pay for. The 64-bit, Snapdragon 615 processor hopefully builds in some future proofing for the next iteration of Android if they do decide to go 64-bit come this summer. This thing has a 5 inch, 720p screen, which is no surprise considering Sony themselves have stated it’s a mid-range phone. 2GB of RAM, Adreno 4-5 graphics, and a 2400mAh battery round out the spec list. Oh, did we forget to mention this thing is only 7.3mm thick and 136 grams?
It’s running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, but there’s no telling whether that will be 5.0.1 by the time it is released. Speaking of which, Sony has announced more than 100 carrier partners worldwide have agreed to pick up the phone, so there’s every chance we’ll see it in the UK some time this Spring. If we do, you may have the chance to pick up the 299 Euro phone in a choice of black, white, coral, and silver.
Sony sets the new mid-range standard with Xperia™ M4 Aqua
- Capture more – just point and shoot, with a powerful 13MP camera, F2.0 aperture and Sony’s intelligent Superior Auto mode
- Enjoy more – signature Sony OmniBalance design, ready for life – a waterproof1 smartphone with cap-less microUSB charging; Xperia M4 Aqua available in White, Black, Coral and Silver editions
- Achieve more – Sony’s first octa-core 64-bit smartphone featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 processor with integrated 4G LTE, running Android 5.0 Lollipop – and up to two-day battery life2
- Launching in 80 countries worldwide, across more than 100 carrier partners – for around 299 EUR3, from Spring 2015
Barcelona, Mobile World Congress, 2nd March 2015 – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today refocused its mid-range device strategy with the introduction of Xperia™ M4 Aqua – a smartphone bringing Sony’s leadership in camera, design, battery and performance to an accessible price point.
“Xperia M4 Aqua represents our renewed mid-range focus – with no compromises” said Dennis van Schie, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “Offering the most popular standout features made famous by our Xperia Z Series; camera capability, two-day battery life and waterproofing – Xperia M4 Aqua brings a proposition and price, products in this section of the market simply cannot match.”
Just point and shoot – great pictures without the effort