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Sony announces 64-bit, waterproof Xperia M4 Aqua
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua follows the recent announcements of the Xperia E4 and E4g with the Xperia M4 Aqua adding to Sony’s somewhat sparse low to mid range offerings. Something we debated was necessary for Sony to find major success in the mobile market during our Friday Debate Podcast.
The highlight of the specs list for the Xperia M4 Aqua is the inclusion of the 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC. This is a quad-core processor with four of those awesome Cortex A53 cores in it. Two of said A53s clock in at 1.7GHz, for the heavy lifting, while the other two come in at a more modest 1.0GHZ to keep the lights on.
|Processor||Snapdragon 615 64-bit with Adreno 405 GPU|
Android 5.0 Lollipop
13MP rear, 5MP front
Memory and Storage
2GB RAM and 8GB/16GB internal storage. Expandable up to 32GB microSD
With specs like these, it may come as a surprise that Sony claims up to 2 days of battery life. Before we second guess them, let’s remember their success with the Xperia Z3 for battery life.
Waterproofing on the Xperia M4 Aqua comes in as IP65 certified, good for a shallow dunk for a half hour. IP68 dust protection is very handy as well. Risking a 5-inch display at 720p is adequate, but may not satisfy users that have become accustomed HD and beyond displays. Perhaps the anticipated price of 299 euros is low enough to forgive the display.
Sony is not yet announcing global availability dates or pricing just yet, we can only hope this modest 13MP camera packing, Android 5.0 Lollipop powered device reaches enough users to help Sony out of their current slump.
Are you in the market for a mid range Sony smartphone with waterproofing?