Sony, at the MWC 2015 trade show, has finally launched its water-resistant Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone. The handset will be hitting the shelves in Spring this year in more than 80 countries and 100 carriers at a price tag of EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 20,600). The firm also launched its Xperia Z4 Tablet at the same event.
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is the successor of the company's Xperia M2 Aqua, which was launched in August last year. Featuring nearly the same design profile as the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, the Xperia M4 Aqua runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. LTE and dual-SIM variants will be available in some markets.
The Xperia M4 Aqua features a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) resolution and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (quad-core 1.5GHz + quad-core 1.0GHz), coupled with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU.
A 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera with Sony Exmor RS mobile image sensor and f/2.0 aperture is housed inside the Xperia M4 Aqua, besides a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which comes with a wide 88-degree field of view. As for storage, the smartphone comes in 8GB and 16GB of inbuilt storage variants and can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). A 2400mAh battery is onboard, rated to deliver a talk time of up to 13 hours, and standby time up to 779 hours.
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Available in both 3G and 4G LTE options, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua equips Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and USB under the connectivity options.
The Xperia M4 Aqua is also 'waterproof and dust-tight' as per Sony with IP65/68 certification. The smartphone weighs 140 grams, measures 145.5x72.6x7.3mm and will be available in Black, White and Coral colour variants.
"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 at the time of the launch. "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."