Sony is making its presence felt in the smartphone and tablet arena with two of its latest launches. While the Xperia Z4 Tablet takes the high-end approach, the Xperia M4 Aqua is more inclined towards the budget-conscious lot.
The latest mid-ranger in Sony's smartphone portfolio is an interesting addition as it borrows the company's flagship design while maintaining the cost at reachable points. The specs are not the best, but can suffice the need for those who are looking to upgrade in the mid-range smartphone category.
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua highlights include its impressive waterproofing, long-lasting battery life and ultra-slim build. In line with most of the Sony Xperia smartphones, the Xperia M4 Aqua is treated with IP68 certification to withstand water in 1.5m for up to 30 minutes. The cap-less USB charging port will not affect the device's inner board in water or dust. The impressive 2,400mAh battery keeps the handset charged for two full days and thanks to Sony's proprietary Ultra STAMINA Mode, users can go without a charge for up to a week, according to Sony.
"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," Sony's Senior VP and Head of Sales, Dennis van Schie, said in a statement.
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is just as impressive on the hardware front. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with integrated LTE support and backed by 2GB RAM. There's onboard storage of 8GB that can be expanded via microSD slot.
Sony does not compromise on the camera, as it has a reputation of packing great cameras even in mid-range phones. The Xperia Z4 Aqua sports a 13mp rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 5mp front snapper super-wide angle 88-degree field-of-view lens for your great selfies.
Sony is keeping the interface clean with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop's Material Design UI. Other features include NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi among usual connectivity options.
Sony said the Xperia M4 Aqua will be available globally this spring. Buyers can choose from white, black, coral and silver colours for a suggested price of €299 ($330 or ₹20,000).