The device is a new version of the existing Xperia M but as the name suggests, the M2 Aqua is more than happy to be plunged into the pool or placed under a running tap. Sony is making its waterproof design available at a mid-range price point for the first time so you don't need to splash out (excuse the pun) on a high-end Xperia Z handset any longer.
Although Sony says the Xperia M2 Aqua will provide premium features at an 'affordable price-point', there is no official price information yet. The Xperia M2 costs £229 so we expect the M2 Aqua to be a little more, perhaps £249.
The Xperia M2 will be available this autumn in either black or white colours. It has the highest waterproof rating at IP65/68.
"Xperia M2 Aqua is a significant milestone in our product portfolio as we bring yet another of our signature technologies to a new category of smartphones," says Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile.
With waterproofing making its way to mid-range phones, we expect that other features will trickle down the line. With many budget smartphone on the market now touting 4G connectivity, we expect Sony to follow suit.