Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua is full-featured, waterproof and affordable

The LTE smartphone will start shipping during the second quarter for $335

The Xperia M4 Aqua from Sony is waterproof and has LTE.

The Xperia M4 Aqua from Sony is waterproof and has LTE.

The mid-range of the smartphone market is getting hyper-competitive, but Sony is betting the waterproof Xperia M4 Aqua will help it make a mark.

Well-equipped smartphones that cost US$300 or less is one of the big trends at this year's Mobile World Congress, and Sony wants in on the action.

Last week it launched the Xperia E4g and on Monday it announced the Xperia M4 Aqua.

The smartphone will cost about €300 (US$335) when it goes on sale during the second quarter in 80 countries. It has a 5-inch, 720 x 1280 pixel screen and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615, an octa-core processor with integrated support for LTE. The processor is a step below the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 family, which is used to power high-end smartphones.

The M4 also has a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The camera on the front builds on the selfie-friendly trend that took off last year, and has a wide-angle lens with an 88 degrees field of view.

Sony is also boasting about the M4's battery life, which is increased by the processor and Sony's own Stamina and Ultra Stamina modes. The company promises a two-day long battery life, but doesn't elaborate on how much the phone can be used and still last that long.

On the software side, the M4 is running Android Lollipop, and Sony has adopted Google's material design for the company's additions to the operating system's user interface, it said.

But even if Sony has put together a promising product, success is far from certain. There are multiple other products to choose from that have similar specifications, including HTC's Desire 820 and ZTE's Blade S6, which are also powered by the Snapdragon 615 processor.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MWCconsumer electronicsAndroidsmartphonessony

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?