Sony’s new Xperia M4 Aqua Dual, priced at Rs 24,990, seems like a fish out of water compared to smartphones by Chinese brands that offer better hardware at much lower prices. But in a way, it’s supposed to be that, considering it is the only affordable water-resistant smartphone available in the market today.
Now, if you are looking for a water-resistant smartphone, then your options are very, very limited. So we review Xperia M4 Aqua Dual to tell you if the Sony smartphone is worth a buy at a rather high price tag of Rs 24,990.
Xperia M4 Aqua follows the same OmniBalance design language that Sony has used for the past two years, which translates pretty well considering the company has not used premium materials in its construction. The back panel made is of shatterproof plastic with glossy finish; the back panel tends to get smudged and scratched easily.
Along the sides is a polycarbonate frame with metallic finish, and you are likely to assume it is actually metal, not plastic. Like Sony smartphones of the last two years, the right side sports the Power, Volume and Camera hardware buttons. Above the Power key is the housing for the two sim cards, covered by a flap to protect the internals from water damage. Same is the case for the microSD card slot, which is located on the left side.
However, the microUSB port sports a nano-coating that maintains the water resistance despite no flap; this is a good thing because struggling with a flap every time you need to charge the phone can get tiresome after a while.
The fit and finish is pretty good and you will be pleasantly surprised with the overall build quality of the handset. The body is pretty thin (7.3mm) and light (136 grams), so slipping it in and out of the pocket will not seem like a chore. In fact, you would be forgiven to confuse Xperia M4 Aqua with a higher-priced Sony smartphone.
However, not everything is fine and dandy. While using the smartphone with one hand, we always muffled the sound, since the speaker is located at the bottom.