Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: The Real Star at the Sony Booth at MWC?

by Carlo Ople  March 3, 2015

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

The Real Star of the Sony Booth at MWC?

Much of the hype for Sony during the Mobile World Congress was put on the new Xperia Z4 Tablet. However if you ask us the real star of their booth was their new mid-range offering, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. With an SRP of just 299 Euros (roughly Php15,000), the Xperia M4 Aqua is a very competitive and all-around device that will not break the bank.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Initial Impressions and Hands-on Review

We’ve listed 3 solid reasons why we believe it’s a winner and you can check ’em out below.

It Has Beastly Specifications

For a mid-range phone, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua packs quite a punch. Underneath the hood we have a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor with integrated 4G LTE connectivity. Combine this with 2GB of RAM and the optimization brought about by Android Lollipop and you have a really smooth user experience on the device. We saw and felt this firsthand when we were playing with it at the floor at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Perhaps the only cause for concern in the spec sheet is the display. It just has 1280 x 720 (HD) resolution but there is a pretty sweet trade-off for this which we will dive deeper into further into this article.

For your appreciation, here’s the full spec sheet.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Specs

  • 1.5GHz octa-core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5-inch HD display, 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 8GB/16GB storage, expandable via microSD
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2400mAh battery
  • SRP: 299 Euros (Roughly Php15,000)

Oh, the camera on this bad boy also promises to be flagship-level quality. The primary shooter is listed as having 13 megapixels and uses Sony’s Exmor RS mobile sensor with an F2.0 aperture and ISO 3200 sensitivity. Not bad!

2-Day Battery Life?

New standard for mid-range?
New standard for mid-range?

The new processor is supposedly energy efficient. Add to that the not-so-power-hungry HD display and you potentially have a seriously long-lasting smartphone. However this is still just all on paper and we can only really test this once we have a unit that we can review for at least 2 weeks.

Looks and Feels Like a Sony Flagship

And last, but definitely not the least we come to the build. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua follows the Omnibalance design philosophy of the Sony Xperia line. It looks beautiful from all angles and feels just like lighter Xperia Z3.

Here’s a hands-on video we made so you guys get a better feel for the device. This was shot on the floor of the Sony Booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Note that this device is IP65/8 rated which means it’s water resistant. Sony also made the micro USB port cap-less but still water resistant (which is awesome because that cap usually breaks with most water resistant phones).

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So there you have it! Hoping that the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua lands in the Philippines soon!

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    1. yung video ba ay grainy pa rin? yung m2 ko kasi grainy siya sa videos mostly in low-light.
    2. is this phone support yung raw images niya?

    yun lang hope you do that in deeper review..

    If they keep the price in the philippines…

    I’m choosing between Waterproofness (This) or… a Better camera with a bit of a better specs…. (Lenovo Shot) damn why can’t i have both! ;___;

    wow,i was thinking of picking either one if those phones too..guess depende nalang kung sino ung darating dito sa pinas n ang pricing eh pinakamalapit sa guessing the xperia, matindi magpricing ang lenovo. :p

    The earphones in the video caught my attention. Earpods ba yun? bakit may parang beats na logo? At iba siya sa normal earpods

    M4 Aqua or Lenovo Vibe Shot @ 15k
    for sure darating yang dalawa sa pinas.

    M4 Aqua
    Advantage – software update, developer support at water & dust proof
    Disadvantage – 8gb internal @ ~P15k

    Vibe Shot
    Advantage – 32gb internal @ ~P15k, camera.
    Disadvantage – poor software update of lenovo

    @Sir Carlo Ople
    Please do include the ~$300=~P15k version of zenfone 2 in your comparison article
    the ~P15k Zenfone 2 with 2GB of ram and 5.5″ screen.

    kung photo enthusiast ka, panalo ang lenovo, might even beat the cameras on most of the flagships na kakalabas lang ngayon, and what’s nice is it doesnt look more like a camera than a smartphone (if you know what i mean). sana lang talaga malapit sa 15k ang price pag dumating dito.

    Vibe shot for camera and 32Gb internal

    Xperia M4 for Water proofing, Software Update and Developer Support

    Zenfone 2 ~P15K not sure