Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

6.7/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2400 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 28.5 days standby time, 762 minutes (2G), 797 minutes (3G), 420 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Reviews summary

6.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 13 reviews

What's good  

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • IP68 and IP65 waterproofing and dustproofing without rubber flaps
  • MicroSD card support
  • Price

What's bad  

  • Plasticky feel
  • Lower resolution than many competitors
  • Small internal storage capacity

With waterproofing, the familiar omnibalance design and a quad-core processor, Sony is looking to make a splash in the mid-range market with the Xperia M4 Aqua. While it might not be a flagship device, the spec list looks quite nice. But how does it perform when put to the test? Let’s dig into the reviews.

If there was one thing that reviews were on the fence about with the new handset, it would be the materials used to make the phone. While it keeps the omnibalance design, with stereo speakers and the aluminum power button in the center of the phone’s edge, it swaps the glass and metal construction of the Z series with a plastic shell and polycarbonate chassis with a nylon scuff-resistance coating. Trusted Reviews handled the device and found, “There was no undue bend or flex in the body and construction felt strong.” However, all reviews agreed that the phone felt cheaper than many competitors in its price range.

Housed within the shell is a 5-inch 720p IPS display. In a market where 4K phones are looming on the horizon, this resolution is certainly behind many of the competitors. However, thanks to some tweaks from Sony’s Bravia Engine, the reviews of the display are decent. Digital Trends noted that it “looks better than it sounds.” One area of concern many reviews noted was with text clarity. Otherwise, color, contrast and brightness were all applauded.

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To keep performance snappy, the phone includes a octa-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM. While the RAM might limit multitasking abilities with heavy apps or games, reviews found no issues with general performance, launching apps or playing the latest games. Trusted Reviews called the M4 Aqua “a strong device at a wallet-friendly price.” It ships with the latest version of Android (Lollipop 5.0) with minimal changes from Sony.

The processor also touts improvements in battery efficiency, which will be important with a 2400mAh non-removable battery. Sony claims that a single charge will net two days of mixed usage and that their STAMINA power saving mode can power the phone with basic functionality for up to five days.

The only area where reviews indicated that performance lagged was taking pictures. Which is a shame, as reviews of the camera are generally positive otherwise. TechRadar said the handset “doesn't seem up to the task of taking photos at full speed.” As long as you’re not taking quick action shots or catching spur-of-the-moment memories, the 13MP rear-facing camera performs well, even in low-light. If you’re a fan of selfies, the 5MP front-facing camera includes a wide-angle lens to make it easy to cram you and your friends into the shot.

Lastly, the phone includes 8GB of internal storage with roughly 4GB available after Android and pre-loaded apps are installed. Fortunately, it also supports microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity. If you plan to download many games or store music or video on your M4 Aqua, you’ll probably want to invest in a microSD card to add a little more freedom in how you use your phone.

In all, the mid-tier handset receives outstanding reviews. Digital Trends declared that it offers a “level of quality and a lack of compromise that’s rare in this category.” Summing up the reviews well, iDigitalTimes states, “While the plastic build does make the device feel cheap, the trade off of a good camera, battery, display and snappy performance, at a great price point is more than worth it.”


Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)


Pocket-lint

Beautifying the mid-range

from Pocket-lint

We love the look of the M4 Aqua and how, despite being predominantly plastic, it offers much the same design as Sony's flagship Xperia devices. It's a charming smartphone, especially in the coral colour as reviewed here, which almost tricks you into thinking it's part of the flagship line thanks to its metallic coat of paint.

It's not all just about looks either, with decent battery and solid performance outpacing its sub-£200 price tag - and much of the competition. However, the lack of internal storage, along with an average display and average camera do bring it down a p... Full review

Tech Advisor

Mid-range smartphone with some premium features

from Tech Advisor
The mid-range smartphone market is always tricky, especially with budget devices getting so good. If you are looking for something around this price, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a solid choice although the Honor 6 is worth a look for extra features. It offers flagship-like design, a great camera and a user-friendly Android Lollipop... Full review
Mobile Syrup

Wet but not so wild

from Mobile Syrup
With the exception of the M4’s screen, Sony has created a phone that is, by all accounts, an excellent entry into the mid-range market. As with any device in this price range, there are compromises. But, for the most part, the company has packed in features that many different types of consumers can appreciate. Overall, the Xperia M4 Aqua is an easy phone to recommend, especially if you don’t want to break the bank with your next smartphone purchase... Full review
Notebookcheck

Inexpensive mainstream smartphone with IP certification

from Notebookcheck

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a compact mainstream smartphone with many good features. We liked the bright IPS display with the HD resolution as well as the color presentation and the good system performance. Other positive aspects are the voice quality and the decent camera modules, at least under good lighting conditions. The well-built chassis has a nice design, but is susceptible to scratches and dirt at the plastic back, but it is at least easy to remove dirt thanks to the IP65/68 certification (waterproof and dust-resistant). The features with LTE Cat. 4, dual-band WiFi with a good range... Full review

The Indian Express

Affordable waterproof phone, but there’s a price to pay

from The Indian Express
If you want a waterproof smartphone, then buy it. Having said that keep in mind that you are paying a premium for the waterproofing and this means the specs of the phones are not at par with other brands in this price range... Full review
Fone Arena

Good screen, good performance

from Fone Arena

The XPERIA M4 Aqua Dual is quite a good phone for its price. It was launched at Rs 24,990 but can be found on the internet for around Rs 23,000. It does have a few drawbacks, the most obvious one being lack of USB OTG support and another being the weak loudspeaker while calling. The camera noise performance is a con that we could expect to see an improvement in the future so I would give Sony the benefit of the doubt. If you’re thinking that there are other smartphones on the market that offer similar performance and features at the same or lesser price point then yes you are right. B... Full review

PhoneArena

Good performance and display with great stylish design

from PhoneArena

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua features one of our favorite designs for an affordable phone: it’s slim and stylish, and while it’s all plastic, it has the looks and feel of a more expensive gadget. This, however, would not mean much if the phone could not perform well. Luckily, that’s not the case, and the device handles the daily Android grind quickly and mostly stutter-free.

The two big downsides of the Xperia M4 Aqua are in the camera department and the limited amount of built-in storage. The 8GB of storage issue can be fixed simply by getting a microSD card, but th... Full review

Android Authority

Falls short in other key areas when compared to the, in some cases cheaper, competition

from Android Authority
While being dustproof and waterproof are very useful features, the rest of the package doesn’t particularly justify its price point. The inconsistent design, overheating issues of the processor, and just about average battery life overshadows the positives that include the solid display and capable camera. The competition in the mid-range space is intense, and there are some great options being made available to the public, at sometimes cheaper price points as well, and the Xperia M4 Aqua is a difficult device to recommend... Full review
Cnet

Big on style, short on substance

from Cnet

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has plenty going for it with its sleek design, waterproof body and sufficient serving of power, all topped off with an affordable price. If you've been eyeing up the minimalist aesthetic of the top-end Xperia Z3 but can't stomach the cost, the M4 Aqua is a cheaper way of putting that style in your pocket.

You do have to make some significant compromises, though. The camera is the most disappointing aspect of the phone, delivering images with poor colour, abysmal contrast and unimpressive detail. Sony doesn't help the M4 Aqua's case either by filling it up wit... Full review

Tech Advisor

Mid-range smartphone with premium features

from Tech Advisor
The mid-range smartphone market is always tricky, especially with budget devices getting so good. If you are looking for something around this price, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a solid choice although the Honor 6 is worth a look for extra features. It offers flagship-like design, a great camera and a user-friendly Android Lollipop... Full review

Very Poor Camera

Worst camera i have seen, i have old Samsung S2 that has much better camera then this stupid 13mplx camera, i am very disappointment from Sony, from today i will never buy any product from Sony.
Worst camera i have seen, i have old Samsung S2 that has much better camera then this stupid 13mplx camera, i am very disappointment from Sony, from today i will never buy any product from Sony. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 12, 2015
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Philippines
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/800/850 /900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB or 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 0.82 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 417 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 420 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
762 minutes (2G)
797 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 28.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Coral, Silver, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.3 x 0.7 cm
(5.8 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 136 grams
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom 4x digital
Additional Front Camera Info HDR, Scene recognition
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Chrome, Facebook, Google Hangouts, Twitter, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony E2303, E2306, E2353

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