On Monday, Sony announced the Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone at the MWC 2015 tech show with an octa core Snapdragon processor. The device is aimed at the mid range smartphone seekers who like to own solid devices with high end user experience. If you are interested in this Sony smartphone, here is a hands-on review of the smartphone to give you an insight of its capacities.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 5 Inch Display with 1280×720 HD Resolution
  • Processor: 64 Bit 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa Core SoC
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Software Version: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Camera: 13 MP rear camera
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP
  • Internal Storage:  8 GB/ 16 GB
  • External Storage: 32 GB MicroSD support
  • Battery: 2,400 mAh
  • Removable Connectivity:  3G/4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS
  • Build: IP65 Waterproof rating

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Hands on Review, Camera, Price, Features, Comparison and Overview at MWC 2015

Design, Build and Display

The design of the handset is similar to that of the Xperia Z3, but instead of metal this one comes with a quality plastic on its exterior. Like the other recent Sony smartphones, the Xperia M4 Aqua is based on the OmniBalance design that makes it a great pleasure to hold the smartphone. There is glass used at the front and back of the smartphone as well. Also, as the name suggests, the handset is durable with an innovative design and comes with the IP65 waterproof rating that will protect it against water and fine dust particles as it is both water and dust resistant.

The Xperia M4 Aqua has a beautiful display measuring 5 inches in size. This screen has a HD 720p resolution. While the resolution of the screen is known to render content on the screen, the IPS panel technology provide better viewing angle the screen.

Processor and RAM

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The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is given an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset that ticks at 1.5 GHz clock speed. This processor appears to have done a great job when it comes to rendering a smooth performance without any lag. Also, the chipset is backed by 2 GB of RAM of which approximately 1 GB of available. This moderate RAM capacity is capable of rendering a decent multitasking performance and responsive performance that is good for a mid range smartphone in this segment.

Camera and Internal Storage

There is a 13 MP primary camera on the Sony smartphone that is mediocre. There is good performance when it comes to color reproduction. The main camera can capture full HD 1080p and HD 720p videos. The 5 MP front camera is good when it comes to clarity, details and color reproduction even in low light conditions. It can capture HD 720p videos as well and click gorgeous selfies. Also, there is a dedicated camera shutter button as well.

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The default storage space in the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is 8 GB, but the issue with the device is that only a very low space of 1.22 GB is user accessible. The Android Lollipop operating system takes up a large part of the storage of 4.03 GB. However, there is an option to expand the storage by another 32 GB using a micro SD card slot. But this is not a deal breaker as the handset does not support transferring the apps or installing them directly on the micro SD card.

User Interface and Battery

The user interface in the Sony smartphone is a good one that is quite fluid and smooth. The Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system onboard the device is decent enough for a mid range smartphone.

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There is a 2,400 mAh battery in the Sony smartphone that can pump in up to 2 days of battery backup when the Battery Stamina power saving mode is enabled. This is possible as the feature will limit capabilities of the device only to core functionalities such as calls and messages to prolong the battery life.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Photo Gallery

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Conclusion

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a potential mid range smartphone that comes with decent specifications. It has an impressive and superior build quality that is thin and lightweight as well. Sony appears not to have compromised on any aspect other than the storage department wherein users will have to struggle to install their favorite applications due to the low storage space available.