Sony Xperia M4 Aqua brings top-end design for less cash

No metal jacket

Sony might have disappointed by choosing not to bring its flagship Xperia Z4 to MWC 2015, but the Xperia M4 Aqua looks set to offer premium features to the mid-range market.

The M series has always stood for mid-range with Sony, usually a vague attempt to pretend a cheaper phone is more premium while secretly nabbing a few features from the mix.

Well, that's actually happened here: a 720p screen, 8GB of storage (of which around 4GB is available), a 13MP Exmor RS rear camera and 2400mAh battery aren't exactly premium specs.

But it does offer a wide angle 5MP camera on the front for improved selfies, and it's water and dust proof too (hence the 'Aqua' part of the name which Sony told us is due to the fact most people don't know its phone are actually waterproof in the middle-tier) – with an exposed USB connector as Sony's managed to work out a way to protect that one too.

Whoa… it's NOT metal?

M4 Aqua

The big win here goes to the design, as while it's encased in plastic the phone itself looks like it's made of metal – even when viewed rather closely.

Android Lollipop is on board too from the off, with Superior Auto mode even stuck into the front camera for a more feature-rich way to take pictures of oneself.

The notable exceptions here are PS4 Remote Play and some of the more advanced camera features, despite using a 13MP sensor… but for an RRP of €299 (Around £220, $340, AU$435) that's to be expected.

We're still waiting on a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua release date, but it should be before the end of April if previous release cycles are followed.

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