Sony’s diving deep with waterproof smartphones, but so far it’s a feature that’s mostly been reserved for high end handsets. Not any more though, as the Xperia M2 Aqua takes the popular and affordable Xperia M2 and wraps it in a waterproof package.
It’s IP68 certified which is the highest level of dust and waterproofing yet found in a smartphone. It means that it’s totally dust tight and can survive being submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes. So this thing isn’t afraid of the rain or a spilled drink. Anything short of a lengthy swimming session and it will be absolutely fine and you can even indulge in some underwater photography.
Other than its rugged charms this is much the same phone as the original Xperia M2, with a 4.8 inch 540 x 960 display, giving it a pixel density of 230 pixels per inch, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM.
It also has an 8 megapixel main camera, a 1.1 megapixel front facing one, 8GB of storage and a microSD card slot allowing you to expand that by up to 32GB more. There’s a sizeable 2330 mAh battery, which kept its none-waterproof counterpart going for a long time, so expect good battery life and it supports NFC and 4G LTE.
The Xperia M2 Aqua also has a fairly sleek, slim-line design, coming in at 140 x 72 x 8.6mm. It’s no match for the Xperia Z2 but it’s dependable, every bit as waterproof and is likely to be a whole lot more affordable.
Sony hasn’t announced exactly how much the Xperia M2 Aqua will cost when it launches this autumn, but given that the standard Xperia M2 is now under £200 we’d be surprised if this was more than £250 SIM free.
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