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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

  • CPU
    Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)

  • Memory (MB)
    8 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 16 GB (E2306)

  • Camera (MP)
    13 MP

  • Battery (mAh)
    Non-removable Li-Ion 2400 mAh battery

  • WiFi
    Yes

  • Price Range
    €200

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

8.2 4.1 1
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Features 7 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Design 9 / 10
  • Camera 8 / 10
  • Connectivity 9 / 10

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua was released in June 2015 and with its specs it is still a very good mobile phone to have. You will note that its specs are good even one year later. Sony has always added good hardware to their Xperia range of mobile phones and the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is no different.

Note that the E2306 has twice the amount of memory (16 GB) so ensure that you are buying what you expect. The Xperia M4 Aqua covers all three network bands from 2G, 3G as well as 4G. You will note that this has been listed below with the different versions of the mobile phone:

2G bands GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G bands HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 – E2303, E2353
HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 – E2306
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) – E2303
LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 28(700) – E2306
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 40(2300) – E2353
 

The speed is pretty standard as far as mobile standards go with mid-range mobile phones. This includes the speeds which you would expect such as HSPA at 42.2/5.76 Mbps as well as LTE Cat4 at 150/50 Mbps. GPRS speeds are up to 107 kbps and EDGE is up to 296 kbps.

Much like other mobile phones in the Xperia range the size of the phone is 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3 mm which fits well into your pocket. Its also not very heavy at 136 g which is about what mid-range mobile phones weight today on average. There is also a Nano-SIM in the phone and much like other mid-range as well as high-end mobile phones from the Xperia range it is IP68 certified. This means that the phone is dust and water proof up to 1.5 meter at 30 minutes. Most insurance claims today cover theft and water damage. This is one way to ensure that you do not deal with a water damaged mobile phone.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua SpecificationsThe screen is large and is covered with scratch-resistant glass. The screen is a IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with the standard 16M color ability. The phone has a large 5.0 inches (~65.2% screen-to-body ratio) screen. The resolution is that of a mid-range phone at 720 x 1280 pixels with a very average ~294 ppi pixel density. The screen is a multitouch with up to 4 fingers.

The CPU is an Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) which uses the BIG-little combination CPU that allows for the slower A53 run the phone when power is not needed and then running on all of them when CPU power is needed, saving electricity and extending your mobile phone battery life. The GPU on the phone is an Adreno 405 based on the Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset using the Android OS, v5.0.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) software as an operating system.

The phone has a microSD dedicated slot for up to 256 GB of additional storage outside of what it already has. The phone comes with a standard 8 GB storage space with 2 GB RAM (16 GB in the E2306) version. The camera is a 13 MP camera with autofocus as well as an LED flash. There are also the standard features which you will find in the mid-end phones being geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR as well as panorama ability. The video ability is 1080p@30fps which is very good and shows that the phone can Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Specificationsrun in High Definition video at 30 frames per second. There is also a secondary camera with a 5 MP camera with a 720 pixel ability. Much like other phones in this class it also comes with an active noise cancellation ability with a dedicated microphone.

The Xperia M4 Aqua also comes with vibration; MP3 as well as WAV ringtones. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a loudspeaker. WiFi is also available for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and hotspot. There is Bluetooth,  A-GPS as well as GLONASS and there is also NFC (Near Field Communications) ability. There is also a USB port as well as an FM radio and RDS. There are also a few sensors on the phone such as an accelerometer, proximity sensor as well as a compass. Messaging is standard SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM with Push Email. There is also an HTML5 browser and there is also no Java.

With a non-removable Li-Ion 2400 mAh battery, up to 681 h (2G) in standby time and up to 12 h 40 min (2G) in talk time. The phone offers good battery life considering the hardware. Overall the phone is good for its price range as Xperia offers both lower and higher specs. Its a good phone if you are looking long term as it will still hold its value many years down the line.

 

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua - Specs

Network

  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - E2303, E2353
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - E2306
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) - E2303
    LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 28(700) - E2306
    LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 40(2300) - E2353
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Nano SIM
  • Dual SIM
    No

Data

  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    GPRS: Up to 107 kbps / EDGE: Up to 296 kbps
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.
    HTML5

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Size
    5.0 inches (~65.2% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    720 x 1280 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    ~294 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
    Yes
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Scratch-resistant glass
  • Features
    - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Camera

  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    13 MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps
  • Camera Features
    Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    Yes
  • Secondary
    5 MP, 720p

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    v4.1, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Yes
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • USB
    microUSB v2.0
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Headphone Jack

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Adreno 405
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    8 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 16 GB (E2306)
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    8 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 16 GB (E2306)
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    Yes, microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Media

  • Audio Playback
    Yes
  • Video Playback
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    No
  • Ring Tones
    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
    Yes

Messaging

  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
    Yes
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.
    Yes

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android OS, v5.0.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
    No
  • Features
    - ANT+ support
    - MP4/H.264 player
    - MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
    - Document viewer
    - Photo/video editor

Power

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Battery Life
    Up to 681 h (2G) / Up to 685 h (3G)
  • Batteries Included
    Yes

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    Non-removable Li-Ion 2400 mAh battery
  • Placement
    Rear
  • Standby Standby Time is the total amount of time that you can leave your is fully charged, turned on and ready to send and receive calls or data transmissions before completely discharging the battery.
    Up to 681 h (2G) / Up to 685 h (3G)
  • Talk Time Talk Time is the longest time that a single battery charge will last when you are constantly talking on the phone under perfect conditions, Ambient temperature and highly dependent on the cellular network environment such as the distance to the closest cell network tower.
    Up to 12 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 13 h 20 min (3G)
  • Music Play
    Up to 64 h 40 min

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