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Sony's Xperia M2 Aqua adds waterproof features

Following in the footsteps of the Z1 family and coming later this year, the Xperia M2 Aqua has a waterproof skin.

Sony's Xperia M2 Aqua can take dust and water in stride. Sony Mobile

Sony on Tuesday introduced the Xperia M2 Aqua, a water-proof variant of the mid-range Xperia M2 smartphone. Expected to launch in the weeks ahead, the handset will be offered in select markets including Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

The main draw of the M2 Aqua, of course, is its dust-proof and waterproof capabilities. To that end, the smartphone can withstand being immersed in 1.5 meters of water for up to a half hour. And, thanks to the dedicated camera button, snapping underwater pictures is possible.

Otherwise, the hardware hasn't changed much from the standard version of the Xperia M2. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, the Xperia M2 Aqua boasts the same 4.8-inch 540x960 qHD display and 8-megapixel rear camera. Like its sibling, this one also packs 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel shooter.

Switching over to software, the Android 4.4 KitKat-powered phone packs a number of Sony's apps and services. Present here are Battery STAMINA Mode, Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited, and Walkman and Movies. Sony has also loaded a variety of options and settings to help users get more from the camera.

Pricing was not announced for the Xperia M2 Aqua, but we should expect more details to surface in the coming weeks.