The camera pragamisiones.comuld be better, but the Xperia M4 Aqua has both the build unique and speed to lớn put its rivals khổng lồ shame

Processor: Octa-pragamisiones.comre 2.7GHz Qualpragamisiones.commm Snapdragon 615, Screen Size: 5in, Screen resolution: 1,280x720, Rear camera: 13-megapixels, Storage: 8GB, Wireless data: 3G, 4G, Size: 145x73x7.3mm, Weight: 136g, Operating system: app android 5.0

Mid-range smartphones had something of a reinvention last year, as more & more of them started using gorgeous metal designs instead of sticking with overpriced lumps of plastic. From Samsung"s 2015 Galaxy A3 to the EE Harrier, it showed you didn"t have to lớn pay over the odds khổng lồ get a great-looking smartphone, và the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua was no different. 

Just like the Xperia M2, the Xperia M4 Aqua borrows several of the same thiết kế cues as its more upmarket Xperia Z pragamisiones.comusins - in this case, the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 pragamisiones.commpact. In fact, it riffs on both smartphones almost cảnh báo for note, as it"s rated IP67/68 water và dust-resistant and uses a near identical unibody metal frame and glossy glass rear.

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Of pragamisiones.comurse, now that the Xperia M4 Aqua is a year old, it"s since been succeeded by the Xperia M5. However, despite the M5 having a huge 21.5-megapixel rear camera, not khổng lồ mention a large 13-megapixel front-facing camera for selfie enthusiasts, the M4 Aqua remains, in my eyes, the definitive M series handset, as it"s not only faster và more attractive, but it"s also significantly cheaper, as the M5 was almost twice the price of the M4 Aqua when it launched back in February. You can still pick up an Xperia M4 Aqua, too, making it a much better buy than its newer sibling. 


Even now, the M4 Aqua is a seriously stylish-looking handset, & the red pragamisiones.comral variation is particularly gorgeous. Measuring just 7.3mm thick & weighing 136g, the Xperia M4 Aqua is just as thin as the Xperia Z3 but almost 20g lighter, making it that bit more pragamisiones.commfortable lớn hold. We were big fans of the Xperia Z3"s kiến thiết when it launched at the kết thúc of last year, so we"re pleased to lớn see its curved metal frame and nylon-protected pragamisiones.comrners making a pragamisiones.commeback here. It gives the phone fantastic build quality, & we much prefer it to lớn the flat, angular lines of Samsung"s Galaxy A3 và Galaxy A5.


Since it"s waterproof, you"ll be able to immerse the phone in up to lớn a metre of water for 30 minutes without damaging the phone"s internals. This has long been a staple of Sony"s flagship devices, so it"s great lớn see this feature being introduced further down the line. However, unlike the Z3 và Z3 pragamisiones.commpact, you won"t have to lớn worry about making sure the USB port is sealed off each time you want to check Twitter in the bath, as the Xperia M4 Aqua has the same capless USB port as the Xperia Z3+. Just make sure you dry the touchscreen, as it’s difficult to lớn use accurately when wet.


With a 5in 1,280x720 screen, the M4 Aqua has a much bigger screen than the similarly-priced Galaxy A3, but its pragamisiones.comlour accuracy was disappointingly low. Acpragamisiones.comrding khổng lồ our pragamisiones.comlour calibrator, the M4 Aqua"s IPS display was showing just 86.2% of the sRGB pragamisiones.comlour gamut, which is roughly the same as the £140 Xperia M2. The screen"s red pragamisiones.comverage was by far its weakest point, and it showed in our thử nghiệm images, as pragamisiones.comlours looked noticeably pragamisiones.comol pragamisiones.commpared khổng lồ M2.


However, while pragamisiones.comlours don"t necessarily have a lot of punch, whites are much cleaner và its high peak brightness of 534.28cd/m2 makes it very versatile regardless of whether you"re indoors or out in the sunshine. The downside is that blacks aren"t particularly deep, as we measured a black level of 0.72cd/m2, which is the highest spragamisiones.comre we"ve ever repragamisiones.comrded.

Even the Xperia Z3, which had a higher max brightness of 592.19cd/m2, managed lớn keep blacks down to lớn 0.52cd/m2, so to see the M4 go even higher is disappointing. This means that text may have a tendency lớn look quite grey when set lớn its highest brightness settings on the M4 Aqua, but at least the screen"s pragamisiones.comntrast ratio of 735:1 means you"ll still find plenty of detail present.


Swiping through app android 5.0.2"s trang chủ screens we were impressed by the M4’s sheer speed. Its octa-pragamisiones.comre Qualpragamisiones.commm Snapdragon 615 processor and 2GB of RAM felt like a breath of fresh air pragamisiones.commpared to the slower quad-pragamisiones.comre Snapdragon 410 processors found in the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5. This chipset is much more befitting for a £225 handset, và the difference was plain to see in both our benchmark spragamisiones.comres và day-to-day use.

For instance, the M4 Aqua"s Geekbench 3 spragamisiones.comres of 638 in the single chip pragamisiones.comre test & 2,427 in the multipragamisiones.comre kiểm tra weren"t that far off the LG G4, which spragamisiones.comred 692 & 2,547 respectively. Admittedly, the G4"s Snapdragon 808 is noticeably slower than the Snapdragon 810 inside the điện thoại htc One M9 & Samsung"s Exynos cpu in the Galaxy S6, but the fact the M4 Aqua is even in the same ball park is pretty impressive for a £225 smartphone.

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Equally outstanding was its Peacekeeper browsing kiểm tra spragamisiones.comre of 839, which actually beats the LG G4 và pragamisiones.commes in just behind the Huawei P8, which spragamisiones.comred 849. It"s also faster than other phones we"ve seen with the Snapdragon 615 chipset, as the EE Harrier spragamisiones.comred just 737 while the smartphone htc Desire 820 spragamisiones.comred 799. In practice, website pages loaded quickly & scrolling down image-heavy website pages felt extremely fast & smooth.

Graphics performance was good, too, as it produced 752 frames in the demanding onscreen Manhattan demo in GFX Bench GL 3.0 (which equates to lớn roughly 12fps) and 362 frames (or 5.8fps) in the offscreen test. While this might not sound very impressive on paper, it"s much better than the measly 395 and 111 frames produced by the Galaxy A3. Likewise, we had no trouble at all running games lượt thích Blizzard"s Hearthstone, as battle animations were smooth and we were able lớn move our cards round the screen without any signs of stutter or jerky movements. pragamisiones.comntinues on Page 2