This year at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Sony has announced a new mid-range Android smartphone. Here's what you need to know about the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date, price and specs. (See all mid-range smartphone reviews.)

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It's a shame that Sony hasn't unveiled the Xperia Z4 smartphone considering we've now seen the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6. However, Sony hasn't left us short changed with the iPad Air 2 rivalling Xperia Z4 Tablet and a mid-range smartphone called the Xperia M4 Aqua. (Also see: Best new phones coming in 2015.)

Just like there was no Xperia Z3 Tablet, there was no Xperia M3 so we've confusingly jumped from the Xperia M2 and Aqua version to the Xperia M4 Aqua.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK price: How much will the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua cost?

Although there's no UK price for the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony has confirmed that the Xperia M4 Aqua will retail for €299 in Europe. We're awaiting a UK price in pounds and will update this article when we have it.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date: When is the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua coming out?

Along with the new tablet, the Xperia M4 Aqua will launch 'Spring 2015' which is a bit vague but it seems likely that it will hit the shops in the next month or two. Again, we'll let you know when we have something more specific. (Also see: Best smartphones 2015.)

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Specs and features

With various upgrades compared to the Xperia M2 Aqua, Sony is bringing premium features normally found on the Z range to cheaper handsets.

As the name suggests, the smartphone is waterproof and this time to an IP65/68 rating. Like the Xperia Z4 Tablet, there's no flap to cover the headphone or microUSB ports. The device is svelte for a mid-range device as 7.3 mm and 136 g. Colours include black, white, silver and coral. (Also see: Best Android phones 2015.)

Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor, 2 GB of RAM and a microSD card slot. There's a 13 Mp rear facing camera and a 5 Mp snapper at the front with an Exmor RS sensor. Sony is using a tempered glass front for the IPS screen which is 5in and 720p HD and touts a two-day battery life.

See below for full Xperia M4 Aqua specifications:

• Android 5.0 Lollipop
• 5in IPS screen, 720 x 1280
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 64-bit
• 2 GB RAM
• 8 GB internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
• 13 Mp rear camera with Exmor RS
• 5 Mp wide angle front camera
• IP65/68 waterproof
• 7.3 mm
• 136 g
• Black, white, silver, coral

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in pictures

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date, price and specs: Sony unveils a smartphone at MWC, but it's not the Z4

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date, price and specs: Sony unveils a smartphone at MWC, but it's not the Z4

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date, price and specs: Sony unveils a smartphone at MWC, but it's not the Z4

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date, price and specs: Sony unveils a smartphone at MWC, but it's not the Z4

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date, price and specs: Sony unveils a smartphone at MWC, but it's not the Z4

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date, price and specs: Sony unveils a smartphone at MWC, but it's not the Z4

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