• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 5-inch HD IPS Display
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 dual quad-core 64-bit processor (4x 1.7GHz + 4x 1.0 GHz)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 8Gb internal storage expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dimensions: 145.5 x 72.59 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Pros:
  • Smooth experience
  • Low-light photography
  • Light
  • Cons:
  • Feel of buttons
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark
  • Ice Storm: 7,826 points
  • Ice Storm Extreme: 4,402 points
  • Ice Storm Unlimited: 6,854 points
  • PC Mark Work: 3,670 points
  • Antutu: 30,551 points

Xperience The Xperia

In the current age and day we spend a lot of our time on our phones, our lives revolves around this little device we call a phone. Smartphones are now a convenience that many can’t live without these days. Phones have evolved from just calls and texting to what it is now today, a tool for sharing your life with friends and family, a trend-setting fashion statement, a portal to the world wide web, and a part of you.

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Dual seems to hit all the right spots. Being at only 135g, we found the Xperia M4 Aqua to be satisfyingly light. The design is refreshing and simple but with a hint of class. The buttons are laid out perfectly, with each button being easily reached even with single handed use. Though we found the microUSB charging port to be awkwardly placed and thought it would have been better to put it at the bottom. The curved sides makes the phone easy and comfortable to hold.

Powering the phone is Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, a dual quad-core 64-bit capable processor with 4 cores at 1.5GHz and another 4 at 1.0 GHz, together with 2GB of RAM. Navigation through menus and applications are smooth and are without lag, with the 5-inch HD IPS screen doing a fine job displaying crisp and clear text and deep vibrant colours. But with only a 2400mAh battery, heavy usage still drains the battery quite a bit. Playing games for a long period of time eats up quite a bit of battery, and the phone can get pretty warm so not the best choice if you like to game on your mobile.

Some things we didn’t like about the phone is probably how the buttons feel, small issue but an issue we did find worth mentioning. The buttons are well placed about the phone but the issue comes from their feel. The buttons feel flimsy, plasticky and are pretty hard to push down (some may find this a plus).

But what really takes the bag, is the camera on the Xperia M4 Aqua. With the Exmor RS sensor, the phone takes astonishingly great pictures in low-light. Sony did a really good job with both the front and rear cameras, both capable of taking great quality pictures. Selfies, Wefies, Groufies, just name it and the phone delivers.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Sony has done a great job with this phone, though with some shortcomings the phone performs great. It’s light, snazzy and takes great pictures in almost any condition, which makes it a great choice for those who love snapping pics here and there.

(previously published in issue October 2015)

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Dual