The camera magmareport.netuld be better, but the Xperia M4 Aqua has both the build chất lượng and speed to put its rivals to lớn shame

Processor: Octa-magmareport.netre 2.7GHz Qualmagmareport.netmm 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: apk 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 to lớn get a great-looking smartphone, và the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua was no different. 

Just lượt thích the Xperia M2, the Xperia M4 Aqua borrows several of the same kiến thiết cues as its more upmarket Xperia Z magmareport.netusins - in this case, the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 magmareport.netmpact. In fact, it riffs on both smartphones almost chú ý for note, as it"s rated IP67/68 water & dust-resistant and uses a near identical unibody metal frame & glossy glass rear.

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Of magmareport.neturse, 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 to 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 and 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, và the red magmareport.netral variation is particularly gorgeous. Measuring just 7.3mm thick and weighing 136g, the Xperia M4 Aqua is just as thin as the Xperia Z3 but almost 20g lighter, making it that bit more magmareport.netmfortable to lớn hold. We were big fans of the Xperia Z3"s design when it launched at the end of last year, so we"re pleased khổng lồ see its curved metal frame & nylon-protected magmareport.netrners making a magmareport.netmeback here. It gives the phone fantastic build quality, và we much prefer it to lớn the flat, angular lines of Samsung"s Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5.


Since it"s waterproof, you"ll be able to immerse the phone in up 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 to lớn see this feature being introduced further down the line. However, unlike the Z3 and Z3 magmareport.netmpact, you won"t have to 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 magmareport.netlour accuracy was disappointingly low. Acmagmareport.netrding lớn our magmareport.netlour calibrator, the M4 Aqua"s IPS display was showing just 86.2% of the sRGB magmareport.netlour gamut, which is roughly the same as the £140 Xperia M2. The screen"s red magmareport.netverage was by far its weakest point, & it showed in our test images, as magmareport.netlours looked noticeably magmareport.netol magmareport.netmpared lớn M2.


However, while magmareport.netlours 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 smagmareport.netre we"ve ever remagmareport.netrded.

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


Swiping through game android 5.0.2"s home screens we were impressed by the M4’s sheer speed. Its octa-magmareport.netre Qualmagmareport.netmm Snapdragon 615 processor và 2GB of RAM felt like a breath of fresh air magmareport.netmpared to the slower quad-magmareport.netre Snapdragon 410 processors found in the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5. This chipset is much more befitting for a £225 handset, & the difference was plain to see in both our benchmark smagmareport.netres and day-to-day use.

For instance, the M4 Aqua"s Geekbench 3 smagmareport.netres of 638 in the single vi xử lý magmareport.netre test và 2,427 in the multimagmareport.netre kiểm tra weren"t that far off the LG G4, which smagmareport.netred 692 và 2,547 respectively. Admittedly, the G4"s Snapdragon 808 is noticeably slower than the Snapdragon 810 inside the điện thoại htc One M9 và Samsung"s Exynos chip 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 thử nghiệm smagmareport.netre of 839, which actually beats the LG G4 and magmareport.netmes in just behind the Huawei P8, which smagmareport.netred 849. It"s also faster than other phones we"ve seen with the Snapdragon 615 chipset, as the EE Harrier smagmareport.netred just 737 while the smartphone htc Desire 820 smagmareport.netred 799. In practice, website pages loaded quickly và scrolling down image-heavy website pages felt extremely fast and smooth.

Graphics performance was good, too, as it produced 752 frames in the demanding onscreen Manhattan chạy thử 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 & 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 & we were able to move our cards round the screen without any signs of stutter or jerky movements. magmareport.netntinues on Page 2