The waterproof hip flask Xperia M4 Aqua stands out in many ways. Only at the store’s running out for the Sony Smartphone.
The design of the Xperia M4 Aqua is clearly based on the flagship model Sony Xperia Z3, without however reaching its elegance. No wonder the housing is just made of plastic and not made of glass and Aluminium. It succeeds in Sony but like Huawei at the P8 Lite (test), a very significant impression, for a 300-Euro Smartphone, the M4 looks really good. A special bonus is waterproof according to IP65/68 – and dust-resistant casing that has rarity value in this price class. According to the manufacturer the M4 Aqua remains close to a depth of 1.5 meters.
A dive trip is therefore nothing in the way, where can you take even underwater photos – the separate shutter for the camera makes it possible. The processing is without error and scolding, the slots for nano-SIM and Microsd are right and left in the frame and which adapt dampers closed, exactly. Particularly pleasing: The micro USB port is free, so that you not only a protective cap off must fumble for filling. In total the design leaves a positive impression, also for this reason, because the plastic Smartphone just like the P8 Lite is very easy. Sony won’t make it however, so compact to build how Huawei – the M4 Aqua is slightly taller and wider.
The store is a joke
Convinced the IPS display. Also Sony sets to 5 inches and HD (1280 x 720 pixels), but incorporates a clear bright stronger with 501 candela Panel. In the processor, the thumb also pointing upwards: the Snapdragon 615 is a mid-range SoC by Qualcomm with eight cores and 64-bit architecture, which offers ample power reserves for all everyday tasks. The cores bars maximum 1.5 GHz, memory 2 GB very lush failed.
You can not claim that from the internal memory. Aqua in Germany with only 8 GB sells the M4 Sony (in other regions is also a 16-GB version on the market), which already at the factory significantly more than half of the system used. Actually, only 2.7 GB available are the user, if he accepts the M4 from the packaging. It remains still the possibility to upgrade with a micro-SD card, on which also apps manually can be swapped out, but what is a tedious procedure. The memory is too small for a Smartphone, in this price range.
Forgiving is the camera. Even though the 13-megapixel model not quite up to the level of the Huawei P8 Lite can reach – the M4 Aqua shows a higher amount of noise in low light conditions – the quality is quite acceptable, especially with a view on the price. The resolution in automatic mode to 8 Megapixels is throttled at Sony usual, who wants more, must shoot in the manual mode. Thus, it is also possible to set many parameters such as exposure and white value. To get many more shooting modes, a front-facing camera with 5 megapixels and videos in full HD-resolution. Both, the image quality is true. Overall, the manufacturer here puts together a decent package.
Like also the operating philosophy. Sony inverts its Xperia UI UI over Android (version 5.0), which is so much the same as Huawei’s EMUI the Google system, but a wide range of Sony applications on your Smartphone. These include practical tools such as a file manager and other Sony services such as Xperia lounge and PlayStation in addition to customized apps for calendar and photos video. Certain upper class extras that are known by the Xperia Z3 users of an M4 without Aqua however. So lack of Sony’s own Bluetooth standard LDAC and support for PS4 remote play, which allows you to play by PS4 titles on your Smartphone.
Nevertheless: The software offer is very good and is refined with an elegant user interface that offers many possibilities for customization in the form of themes that completely upside down the surface.
The battery is not disappointed
In contrast to the P8 Lite, the M4 is Aqua with dual-SIM in Germany available, there is only the 8 GB version. It is exemplary in all networks and shows excellent radio properties especially in the UMTS and LTE network. Also the battery life can be seen: perseveres in our typical mix of uses the Sony 6:30 hours – this is not a record, but a solid period of getting through the day. By comparison, the priced evoking honor 6 ceased operations at 6:09 hours, Sony’s current top model Xperia Z3 + managed 7:31 hours.
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: technical data
- Display: 5 inch, resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
- Processor: 1.5 GHz / 1.0 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615, 64-bit, Adreno GPU 405
- Memory: 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal, expandable via MicroSD card
- Operating system: Android 5.0
- Cameras: 13-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- Battery: 2,400 mAh
- Special features: water- and dust-protected according to IP65 and IP68
- Weight: 140 grams
- Size: 146 x 73 x 7.3 mm
- Colours: Coral, black, white
- Launch: June 2015
- Price: 279 euro
At the end it is Sony with the M4 Aqua as well as Huawei with the P8 Lite: A blunder spoils the otherwise good overall impression. While the P8 Lite via the short battery life stumbles, the M4 disappointed Aqua with a tiny store. Who can live with it, is an attractive mid-range Smartphone that own accents with the camera button and the waterproof housing Sony.
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