As Sony looks to revive its ailing smartphone business, the Japanese company announces the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua waterproof smartphone.
It’s been widely reported these past few weeks that Sony’s profits aren’t looking so hot. By the time the current financial year ends on April 1st, Sony will have lost over $1 billion, losses that would be significantly worse had it not been for the phenomenal success of the PlayStation 4 which had sold just over 20 million units as of this month. One reason for their financial instability is their smartphone business; Sony just can’t compete with Apple, Samsung and co. and everyone is telling them to sell it off. Alas, those at Sony are a stubborn bunch which is why they have now announced the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua which partners processing power with a waterproof body.
On the inside, the Xperia M4 Aqua is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor (two quad core processors of 1.5 GHz and 1.0 GHz) and has 2GB of RAM. Essentially, this means that Sony’s phone is a stellar mid-range effort that will be able to handle most intensive apps with little to minimal trouble. The phone also has a a 13 megapixel camera on the back and a 5 megapixel camera up front – these are great specs on their own but given that Sony’s camera business is another thing keeping them afloat right now, your selfies and Instagram updates are certainly in good hands.
As for the waterproof side of things, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is offering a waterproof phone without any of those usual annoying rubber fixtures. However, waterproof does not mean indestructible and so Sony has advised the following: don’t submerge the phone in water deeper than 1.5 metres, don’t put the phone in salt water and don’t put it in chlorinated water (swimming pools etc.) and if you do get chlorinated water on it, you have to rinse it off afterwards. You’ll also need to make sure the phone is dry again before you charge it: this seems obvious but if you don’t want to accidentally blow the electrical socket/your phone up or endanger yourself, you should heed Sony’s warning.
Also providing a good reason to buy the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is its price. Sony is selling the handset for a reasonable 299 Euros and it will be available in 80 countries (excluding the United States).
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