It’s not the Xperia Z4 everyone was expecting, but Sony on Monday announced a slick new smartphone aimed at the mid-range crowd. Known as the Xperia M4 Aqua, the device is, as you can tell from the name, a water resistant (IP65/8) smartphone, something that has been a core part of Sony’s handset lineup. Sony calls the M4 Aqua a “refocused” look at its mid-range strategy, a device that brings style, functionality and durability to the mix.
If you’ve ever laid your eyes on a Sony phone, the M4 Aqua will definitely look familiar. In other words, the design isn’t all that radical from previous Xperia devices, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It looks absurdly thin, weighing in at just 136g, and features Sony’s patented power button on the right side. The edges are more rounded, and there’s a handy dedicated camera button on the right side.
Specs include a 13-megapixel camera (F2.0 aperture), ISO 3200 sensitivity, 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, Snapdragon 615 processor with integrated 4G LTE, “two-day battery life” and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Sony said it took a less is more approach to its software skin in the M4 Aqua, following the same subtle and minimalistic principles of Google’s latest OS. From what we can tell in the screenshots, it looks great.
The Xperia M4 Aqua is set to launch in 80 countries beginning this spring, with a suggested retail price of €299. You’ll be able to get the device in black, white, and coral.