Sony recently launched Xperia M4 aqua in India for 24,990 INR. The company is clearly targeting offline distribution networks and isn’t much bothered about online exclusive rivals which get rapidly consumed in sparse flash sales, owing to a assertive spec sheets for half the price. Sony Xperia has strong brand influence in India, and if you are looking forward to buy this new entrant, here are some questions and their answers to help you make up your mind.

2015-06-01

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 5 Inch with, 1280 x 720 HD resolution
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 Octa Core
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Software Version: Android 5.0 Lollipop based Xperia UI
  • Primary Camera: 13 MP AF camera with LED flash
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB
  • External Storage: 32 GB
  • Battery: 2400 mAh battery, Non removable
  • Connectivity: 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth, NFC, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Others: Dual SIM – Yes , USB OTG – No

Question – Does Sony Xperia M4 Aqua have Corning Gorilla Glass Protection?

Answer –  No, Sony hasn’t mentioned Gorilla Glass 3 layer on top, but the phone comes with a scratch resistant layer.

Question – How long can Xperia M4 Aqua survive under water?

Answer – The phone is IP65 and IP68 certified, which means it is dust proof and can stay for 30 minutes in 1.5 mm deep fresh water. Thankfully, there are no flaps on MicroUSB port and Audio jack, which you will need to access frequently.

Question – How is the Display of Xperia M4 Aqua?

Answer –  The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has a 5 Inch 720p HD display which isn’t as mesmerizing as good quality full HD and HD display panels we are used to gorging at in the mid range. Viewing angles and colors appear good, though not the best. You can also use the display at minimum brightness throughout your day without any issue, which also means minimum rightness levels aren’t very low. On the whole, the display won’t dazzle you, but it is still a good quality display, which looks better at low and medium brightness.

Question – How is the Design and Build Quality?

Answer –  Sony Xperia M4 Dual has a flat glass back and curved plastic side edges. The body is very slim which which looks attractive. Glass back and slim design makes the phone slightly slippery, but that is nothing a decent case, which you are always advised to use, won’t solve.

Question –  Is there provision for Capacitive navigation keys?

Answer – No, there are no capacitive keys. Xperia M4 Aqua has onscreen navigation keys.

Question – Is there any heating issue?

Answer –  Yes, the handset heats up abit. Running a couple of benchmarks shot temperature to above 40 degrees. However, there is no heating around the areas where you grip the phone. The phone comes with Snapdragon 615 Octa core SoC which is notorious for heating issues and unfortunately Xperia M4 aqua isn’t an exception. In most day to day tasks like watching videos or browsing the handset didn’t heat up much, but sometimes it did heat up in basic tasks like downloading several apps, Bluetooth transfer, etc.

Question – What comes inside the Box?

Answer –  wall charger, USB cable Documentation, USB Cable

Question – What size SIM card is supported? How is the call quality?

Answer – Both SIM cards accept Micro SIM. Cellular video calling or call recording  is not supported.

Question – Does it have LED notification light?

Answer – Yes, LED notification light is there.

Question – How much is Free Storage?

Answer –  Out of 16 GB, a little more than 10 GB is available at use end. You can use up to 32 GB MicroSD card slot. Some pre-installed apps can be uninstalled, others can be disabled.

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Question – Does it support USB OTG?

Answer – No, USB OTG is not supported

Question – How much is free RAM on first boot?

Answer – Around 1030 MB RAM is available on first boot. Multitasking is smooth.

Question – How is the Camera Quality?

Answer –  The 13 MP rear camera reproduces natural colors, but at times we felt details could have been better. The low light shots also turned out to be much better than what we had expected. The camera performance is pretty good and you can also click images under water. Camera app is intuitive and loaded with options, but we only wish it were snappier. A dedicated shutter key is present, which you can long press to launch camera app or set to launch and capture

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Question – How is the performance ? How much did it score on Antutu and Nenamarks?

Answer –  Sony Xperia M4 Aqua scored 31203 on Antutu and 59.3 fps on Nenamarks 2. Day to day performance is smooth. UI transitions didn’t feel blazing fast in our initial testing, but shouldn’t be a deal breaker in anyway.

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Question – How is the device software?

Answer – Software is Android Lollipop based Xperia UI. T

QuestionHow many sensors does Xperia M4 Aqua have?

Answer – You can see the full list in the  image below.

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Question – How is GPS Locking?

Answer – GPS locking is good for both indoors and outdoors.

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Question – How loud is Loudspeaker?

Answer –  Loudspeaker loudness is average, sound quality is good via headphones. Speaker grill is present on the bottom and sound is not muffled when the phone is lying flat on its back

Question – Can Xperia M4 Aqua play Full HD 1080p Videos?

Answer – Yes, the handset can play Full HD 1080p and HD 720p videos.

Question – How is the battery backup?

Answer –  Battery backup has been good so far. Since everything is visible and in facts looks good on lower brightness levels, we could easily cross one day mark in our initial testing, with moderate usage. Sony claims you can go up to 2 days on single charge, which might be possible with elementary usage. we will update this section after we have spent more time with the device. Antutu Battery test score is 9024, which is pretty good.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua India Unboxing, Quick Review, Expected India Price, Camera and Features

Conclusion

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua can’t match the prowess of, say, OnePlus one and what other lesser known brands are offering for the same budget, but overall, it is a good device. If you are looking forward to buy only a well known brand, Xperia M4 is a viable option well suited for basic and moderate users.

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