Sony has always been a name to look upon with its seamless technologies blended into gadgets. From cameras to music systems to smartphones, the Japanese company has made a mark in all sectors. With its series of Xperia handsets, Sony has remarkably introduced the possibilities of high-end features included in the most compact and sleekest of handsets.
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua keeps the tradition although tagged a mid-range price. With water resistant screen (the reason behind “Aqua” in the name) and powerful Sony camera, the phone is completely undeniable by smartphone users for whom specifications matter the most. Though there are budget Xperia models for the common mass, they have not been able to create quite a buzz in the market but the new Xperia M4 Aqua would surely change the game. Let us discover what this midrange beast has more to offer its buyers.
Features and Specifications
If a smartphone with a powerful camera is your substitute for point and shoot cameras, then simply go and buy the Xperia M4 Aqua. The phone comes with an extremely powerful 13MP primary camera capturing pictures at an outstanding 4128 x 3096 pixels resolution which is an expected offering from Sony Xperia handsets. Both light-rich and low-light photography are equally competent with technologies like touch-focus and LED flash to aid the camera at work.
The camera captures videos at 1080p resolution to record your best moments. Also, there is a 5MP front camera serving all purposes it is made for. The phone is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop OS to allow an excellent hardware performance which consists of a 1.5GHz + 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa core processor sporting an Adreno 405 GPU. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is also a must have in terms of its 2 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM with the phone also available in a 16 GB ROM version. The external memory can be expanded upto a massive 128 GB with a microSD card thus satisfying all your storage needs. The phone flaunts a 5” IPS LCD capacitive multi touchscreen which is dust and scratch resistant as well as water resistant upto 1.5m and 30 minutes which is the primary benchmark of the phone. Connectivity options of the M4 Aqua includes the use of dual NANO SIMs for 2G, 3G or 4G LTE internet connectivity with dual standby.
The phone is rigged with a non-removable 2400 mAh battery providing outstanding standby duration. Other mentionable features of the phone include Accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GLONASS, etc.
Design and Quality
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua looks almost similar to Xperia Z3 in terms of design with exact positioning of buttons, speakers and cameras. Though the phone seems to have a metal build, it is actually hard polycarbonate to dupe you with its texture but strong enough to endure similar conditions.
The 5” display with its 720p resolution is a superb performer in terms of resistivity having built with scratch free, dust proof and water resistant technologies certified by IP68 rating. The IPS LCD display has been enhanced with Sony’s personal Bravia display technology. What makes the Xperia M4 Aqua stand out from the rest is the amount of protection Sony enables in its smartphones to withstand shocks and prevent damages. An example of this is the nylon covering of the edges which protects the phone’s internals even after a sudden fall. The phone comes in variations of black, white and coral to suit your color style.
OS and Tech
The Xperia M4 Aqua is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop which is expected to get further updates. The very inclusion of the Lollipop OS enables the hardware to deliver seamless performance. Another primary benchmark of its performance is based on its 1.5GHz Quad core Cortex A53 + 1GHz Quad core Cortex A53 processors installed on an Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua provides an outstanding gaming and video experience with its Adreno 405 GPU.
The phone comes loaded with essential sensors like Accelerometer, Compass and Proximity sensor. Navigation is facilitated by A-GPS and GLONASS with NFC availability. The inclusion of Bluetooth 4.1 assures excellent speed of file transfer. Also with technologies like Wi-Fi Direct and ANT+ support, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua.
Camera and Multimedia
If you have used Sony handsets before, you are well aware of their camera quality. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is no exception to it. The phone features a superb 13MP primary camera capable of take rich photographs and recording HD videos of 1080p resolution @30fps. The camera is superbly made to capture all memorable moments of your life.
The 5MP secondary camera is no miss because not only it allows you to take great selfies but also record HD videos at 720p resolution. If you are fond of video calls over voice calls, then the Xperia M4 Aqua can be your best companion. All popular audio and video formats are supported by the phone to enable a seamless entertainment experience. The handset is also built with FM radio with RDS technology for streaming local radio music.
Battery and Memory
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua runs on a 2400 mAh non-removable battery which provides interruption-free phone usage throughout the day. Use your phone to the fullest without the very need of charging every now and then. Though the non-removable is quite a setback, the battery has no major issues provinding a standby upto an insane 680 hrs on average.
The phone comes with a 2GB RAM to allow seamless multitasking. The Xperia M4 Aqua comes in both 8GB and 16GB ROM versions while both can be expanded upto a whopping128GB through the use of microSD card. Thus save unlimited photos, videos and music and download endless applications in your phone without worrying about storage requirements. The Sony Xperia Aqua is successfully capable of satisfying your thirst for more an more space in your phone.
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