News by Luke Jones on Tuesday August 19, 2014.
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Sony is hardly known as a trend setter in the smartphone world despite the fact the company does make very good devices. However, Sony was a bit of an innovator for one smartphone feature, waterproofing. The company is now spreading its wings in this department by making some of its lower end smartphones waterproof, namely the Xperia M2.The new device gets a new name too, the Xperia M2 Aqua, and like other waterproof Sony smartphones and tablets it is happy enough sitting in water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. Sony was not the first company to make a waterproof mobile phone of course, but it was among the first to make it a viable spec for smartphones. As such, we always trust Sony's waterproofing more than others, even though there is admittedly no difference between a Sony and a Samsung waterproof device. Only recently we were amazed by an Xperia Z2 that submerged in 10 meters of salty sea water for six weeks, and while we would not advise you subject the M2 to such torture, it basically will do what it says on the can. Oh, and it's dustproof too. Aside from the addition of waterproofing, the Xperia M2 Aqua is the same handset in terms of design and hardware as the vanilla version. It features a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM, a 4.8 inch 540 x 960 pixels TFT screen, 8GB of on board storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a microSD card slot. All in all it is a fairly decent budget handset, while it boasts Sony's usual classy looks and solid build quality. The original Sony Xperia M2 costs $220 at its marked price, and it is expected the new M2 Aqua will be more expensive. We are not sure waterproofing is worth any extra cost, but people in Europe, Asia, and Latin America can find out early this fall when the Xperia M2 Aqua rolls out. That means once again that Sony will not be showing the US market any love, which has become the norm for the company unfortunately. source: Sony Mobile
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