Sony Xperia M4 Aqua hands-on
posted by John V. / Mar 02, 2015, 1:41 PM
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is the new mid-ranger for Sony: a phone with water-protection, the familiar omnibalance design language, and the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with the company’s light custom user interface.
We got to spend some time with the Xperia M4 Aqua at MWC 2015, and we’re eager to share our first hands-on impressions with the phone.
Design and Display
Save for its plastic nature, there’s a lot that we like about this phone: it’s light and fairly slim, with a svelte profile. The exact dimensions measure 5.73 x 2.86 x 0.29 inches (145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3 mm).
The Xperia M4 Aqua features a 5-inch display with a 720 x 1280-pixel resolution (pixel density stands at 294ppi), and at first sight it’s a fairly decent display when it comes to color reproduction.
Processor and Memory
Sony’s new mid-ranger sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) system chip with an octa-core 1.7GHz Cortex A53 array. It’s a 64-bit chip and makes perfect use of the 64-bit support in Android 5.0 Lollipop. There’s also 2GB of RAM which is a welcome addition for such an affordable device.
Internal storage is set at 16GB with the option to expand on this with microSD cards of up to 32 gigs.
The 13-megapixel camera on the Xperia M4 Aqua is a statement that the phone has some higher ambitions as a good snapper. Megapixels don’t tell the whole story, but in this price segment, this is usually the measure most manufacturers use. On top of the main cam there is a wide-aperture, f/2 lens. The main cam is capable of recording 1080p video as well. There’s also a 5-megapixel selfie cam.
All in all, the Xperia M4 Aqua is a well-built device with a very likable design and a svelte appearance. The price for the phone is set at $335 (299 euro) off contract and the phone should arrive on store shelves this Spring in more than 80 countries (no word on U.S. availability, though).
- Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2400 mAh(13.28h 3G talk time)
Posts: 952; Member since: Nov 22, 2014
Bezels, huge bezels again. This thing is as big as Z3 (which has 5,2" display) and almost as big as LG G3 with 5,5" display. It's huge. I'm afraid those bezels may hurt the sales.
posted on Mar 02, 2015, 1:58 PM 2
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like iphones don't sell because of bezels?
posted on Mar 02, 2015, 6:33 PM 2
Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012
Apple has its own market. iOS lovers have no choice! sony has many competitors like LG, SAMSUNG, HTC, HUAWIE, LENOVO, ALCATEL, SHARP, AND ALL OTHER SMARTPHONE BRANDS THAT ARE USING ANDROID O .S. have you realized the difference ?
posted on Mar 02, 2015, 6:56 PM 2
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The G3 is made of plastic and there is no IP certification, stereo speakersand Z3 also has little bit bigger battery in thinner body. Z3 maybe not the king of screen ratio but Z3 is a engineering marvels because even with IP certification, stereo speaker and big battery in thin body the Z3 still has better screen ratio than most flagship such as M8, GS5, Lumia 830, iPhone 6 and even the brand new GS6 (check gsmarena GS6 specification for the confirmation).
posted on Mar 02, 2015, 10:08 PM 4
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hey actually even though alot of site s claim it's plastic sony's website says it's a metal frame which confuses me, but i believe its a metal frame that felt cheap to the reviewers......its also an ip68 certified phone
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 8:08 AM 0
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Z3 5.2 inches (~70.9% screen-to-body ratio)http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_x
S6 5.1 inches (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio)http://www.gsmarena.com/samsun g_galaxy_s6-6849.php
posted on Mar 04, 2015, 5:48 AM 2
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Very nice phone for this price , I like the design , too . And I see that sony removed the USB cover for Its water resistance , good job ! Any benchmarks yet?
posted on Mar 02, 2015, 2:09 PM 10
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Check the video again...the mini USB flap is there in all it's glory.
posted on Mar 02, 2015, 2:44 PM 0
Beautiful low end device. Wish SONY would of launch their FLAGSHIP in the Spring instead of the FALL.
posted on Mar 02, 2015, 4:31 PM 1
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@John Your videos are pretty good explaining however I have always noticed the camera is always focused on something else other than the device itself OR the device is not aligned to camera OR the camera keeps on re-focusing on the object many a time during the video. No offence buddy, but that kinda distracts a lot !! I thought to inform you this time !!
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 12:40 AM 0
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I wish Sony would convert this to a windows 8.1 smartphone
posted on Mar 05, 2015, 11:24 PM 0
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I have it already, the device is really good, comes with a good price... got it for 200 Euros back home in Bulgaria on contract... it makes the 2 days of battery life with moderate/normal usage, heavy usage... 1 day, but hey :) that device kicks ass, come on!
posted on Jun 06, 2015, 6:42 PM 0
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