Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in review: The lifeguard among smartphones – Hardware Tests

With the hot-headed Xperia Z3 + (for testing), Sony has unfortunately done no great favor in the high-end sector. The big question now is: Can the Japanese smartphone manufacturer at least still in the mid-size segment with the Xperia M4 Aqua win back customers? The answer the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua supplies in the test.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • particularities
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
  • Where buy?

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  • &# X2713; water, dust and dirt-resistant to IP68 and IP65
  • &# X2713; good front camera
  • &# X2713; processor having 64-bit support


  • &# X2715; High number of bloatware
  • &# X2715; only mono speaker

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Price and Availability

Since the end of June, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is now in Germany for a suggested retail price of 279 euros. On the open market but the mid-range smartphone from Sony is according to the price search engine currently already available for around 250 euros.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: design and processing

At first glance, the Xperia M4 Aqua looks like Sony's flagship smartphone Xperia Z3, but you look closely, you can see some differences: While the back looks like glass, but in truth is polycarbonate. The convex frames, which likewise consists of plastic, has at all four corners are so-called rubber bumpers, in the event of an impact to cushion and prevent this damage.

sony xperia m4 aqua settingsXperia M4 Aqua: The similarities to Z3 are undeniable. / © AndroidPIT

All in all, the Xperia M4 Aqua is an edgy smartphone that still is but thanks to its rounded frame comfortably in the hand. Although there is no Handschmeichler, such as the Moto X, but not nearly as edged such as a Xperia Z2.

sony xperia m4 aqua cornerXperia M4 Aqua: Here clearly visible: Exposed connections for headphones and USB, as well as the rubber bumpers. / © AndroidPIT

Typical of the Sony Xperia series is that there still is a dedicated camera button to conventional input and off switches and the loudness rocker. I personally find such a key very well, as it gives you the feeling of actually have a camera in hand and usually arise also better pictures without camera shake.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Display

Intense colors, a stable viewing angles and good contrast: the M4 Aqua The 5-inch display like and is very good for a mid-range device. The resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels and provides the necessary sharpness and familiar foods in a middle-class smartphone.

sony xperia m4 aqua screenThe M4 Aqua display is good. / © AndroidPIT

, Is a pity, however, that Sony wake practical when Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone has not integrated by simply tapping the screen. In other Xperia smartphones like the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and the Z3 +, please visit Settings > Display the possibility of activating the famous LG knock-on feature. When M4 Aqua so you have to again resort to conventional techniques involving the power button to wake the phone from sleep.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Features

Like many other Sony smartphones, the Xperia M4 Aqua waterproof. To ensure this, Sony has hidden the microSD and SIM card slot behind dampers. Micro-USB and headphone port are but like the Sony Xperia Z3 + already completely open, but are protected inside against the ingress of water, dust and dirt. The water resistance is Sony with 30 minutes to a depth of 1.5 meters to where it should be ensured of course that covers the SIM and microSD card slots are tightly closed.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Software

Sony uses the M4 Aqua on Android 5.0 Lollipop with the manufacturer essay Xperia UI. This has been adjusted in the most recent version of which is known from Lollipop material design and this is reflected among other things in the flat icons and bright colors. Very nice: In the area of ​​personalization, you can change the color scheme for your listening pleasure and the UI so adapt his own ideas.

sony xperia m4 aqua lollipopMaterial Design with a touch of Sony. / © AndroidPIT

But that does not like so much, is that Sony once again stuffing the smartphone with more or less useful apps. Since the app Whats New to be mentioned at the top. It's nice that Sony tried here to make a new music tracks, albums and movies tasty, but unfortunately it is a shame that you can not uninstall this app to freizuschaufeln a little more space if necessary. After all, you can see the rest of Sony apps, such as Play Station, or the Xperia Lounge via Settings > even uninstall apps.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Performance

Inside the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua the Snapdragon proposes 615 Octa-core with eight cores, which operates in conjunction with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno-405 graphics chip for appealing power. In AnTuTu benchmark the Xperia M4 Aqua comes loose on 32,000 points, the M4 Aqua sorted in terms of performance between HTC One M7 and LG G3.

sony xperia m4 aqua benchmarkThe Snapdragon 615 makes the Xperia M4 Aqua accustomed quickly his work. / © AndroidPIT

Our test for Sony Xperia Z3 + course has made us hot in every sense of the word, so we have also reviewed the Xperia M4 Aqua whether the smartphone under load heats or whether it comes to crashes at all. but here we can clearly give the all clear. The Xperia M4 Aqua is indeed warm under load, but not so hot that it is uncomfortable in the hand. The camera app crashes in our test the Xperia M4 Aqua from never. All in all, we can therefore attest to the M4 Aqua perform well without heat accumulation.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Audio

In terms of audio, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is inconspicuous in our test. The voice quality is perfectly fine and none of my interlocutors complained during the test period via the sound quality. But when playing music through the phone speaker the Xperia M4 Aqua is a blender. Why? It's simple: The Xperia M4 Aqua indicated in the front below the display a second speaker, so the user a stereo speaker is actually visually indicated, but in reality only a mono speaker is installed, both sides, as well as to the front chasing the sound out.

sony xperia m4 aqua speakerIn Sony Xperia M4 Aqua just a mono speaker is installed. / © AndroidPIT

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Camera

On paper, the M4 Aqua seems to have a good camera: The main camera on the back has a resolution of 13 megapixels and the front camera with wide-angle lens (88 °) and a resolution of 5.1 megapixels is ideal for selfies and video chats.

sony xperia m4 aqua cameraA detailed camera test we serve, of course, by the moment. / © AndroidPIT

Both camera sensors are very common and are also already in numerous China smartphones, such as the Xiaomi Mi4i in use. The quality of the main camera goes for the price of the Xperia M4 Aqua just under 250 euros more than fine, and we were convinced above all the front camera in the test. In our gallery you can watch see the quality of the images themselves.

Test recording wiTh Sony Xperia M4 Aqua>GallerySony Xperia M4 Aqua Test Images

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Battery

With 2400 mAh battery of the M4 Aqua falls Although at first glance relatively small, but considering the possibility that this is a mid-range smartphone. In our test the Xperia M4 Aqua beating out not so bad, because it came without the use of STAMINA power management features already loose on a half days of battery life. If you want to squeeze out of his M4 Aqua more, then you should fire up the Sony-saving modes and thus would loose for two days of battery life.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Specification

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
146 x 73 x 7.3 mm
136 g
2400 mAh
5 inches
1280 x 720 pixels (294 ppi)
5.1 megapixels
13 megapixels
5.0.2 - Lollipop
Xperia UI
2 GB
8 GB
16 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
1.5 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1

final verdict

The Xperia M4 Aqua is suitable for those who are looking for a cheap smartphone, but still want to potent hardware. Visually, it is reminiscent of the Xperia Z3 and gives the M4 Aqua some premium look. The battery life and the Sony-typical certification to IP65 / 68 are the salient features of the new Xperia M4 Aqua, making the smartphone the perfect companion for swimmers and summer holidays. Above all, the protection against the ingress of water is an unbeatable argument and keeps tempers on the beach or the swimming pool.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Where to buy?

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is available throughout Germany in numerous online shops. You have the choice between white, black, pink and silver. The recommended retail price of 279 euros that outputs Sony will undercut shortly after release of the smartphone. Below we have listed a few stores where you can watch buy the M4 Aqua Xperia favorable.

  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in black at for 248,90 Euro
  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in black at Amazon for 265.95 euros
  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, White at Amazon for 254.37 euros
  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in black at for 259 euros
  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in white at for 279 euros
  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in black at Media Markt for 269 euros
  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in white at Media Markt for 279 euros
  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua in Pink at Media Markt for 269 euros
  • Buy Now: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua silver at Media Markt for 269 euros

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