Sharing information today is so easy that it’s pretty uncommon for a smartphone to go completely unnoticed until the day it’s announced. Manufacturers have a hard time keeping their new devices from the eyes of curious enthusiasts and yet somehow they sometimes manage to do so. Sony certainly did it. The Japanese company has just announced, unexpectedly we should add, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, its first handset with a 64-bit CPU.
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
The new Sony Xperia M4 Aqua comes as a big surprise. As you probably know, the most anticipated device from Sony is the Xperia Z4 and since for some time we suspected that the company wouldn’t make the flagship phone official at this year’s MWC, we focused on other manufacturers. As it turns out, Sony wasn’t going to arrive in Barcelona empty-handed and brought a little something for mid tier users.
The Xperia M4 Aqua is a 5-inch 720p device and it’s the first smartphone that Sony equipped with a 64-bit chip – an octa-core Snapdragon 615 to be more exact. The chip is coupled with 2GB of RAM and supports LTE connectivity, although some models will be available only with 3G. Like many Sony phones, the Xperia M4 Aqua is dust and waterproof thanks to IP65/IP68 ratings and it features the company’s signature aesthetic OmniBalance design language.
For a mid-range phone, the Sony M4 Aqua has a pretty advanced camera setup. The main 13-megapixel shooter has an Exmor RS sensor and an f/2.0 aperture with ISO 3200 sensitivity, while the front-facing camera snaps photos at 5 megapixels and has a wide-angle (88 degrees) lens. Other key features include 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, microSD slot for storage expansion, two-day battery life with STAMINA mode and Android 5.0 out of the box.
While exact launch date remains unknown, Sony revealed that it’s planning to release the Xperia M4 Aqua in Q2 2015. The phone will arrive to as many as 80 countries and will be offered by over 100 carriers. Pricing will depend on the market and version of the phone and will be announced closer to launch. Customers in Europe can expect the handset to cost €299 which would be about $334.