Sony announces Xperia M4 Aqua: 5-inch 720p display, octa-core CPU, 13MP camera

by XB on 2nd March 2015

in Featured Content, Videos, Xperia M4 Aqua

Xperia M4 Aqua_1Sony has formally unveiled the Xperia M4 Aqua (E2303, E2306, E2353) and Xperia M4 Dual (E2312, E2333, E2363) at MWC this morning. The 4G LTE phone is the same that has been leaked in recent days arriving with a 5-inch (720 x 1280) IPS display (PPI of 294 and screen-to-phone ratio of 65.24%), a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset with Octa core processor (1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 and 1.0 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53) and Adreno 405 graphics.

As the ‘Aqua’ tag suggests, the phone has IP65 and IP68 (Ingress Protection) certification , giving it the highest protection against dust and water that is possible in a smartphone. It is great therefore to see that the Xperia M4 Aqua is the first Sony water resistant smartphone to feature an exposed micro USB port (cap-less microUSB charging). No more fiddling around with (and worrying breaking) USB port flaps.

The Xperia M4 Aqua will launch in two variants when it comes to internal storage. Model numbers E2303, E2353, E2312 will have 8GB storage, whilst the E2306, E2333, E2363 variants will have 16GB of internal storage. All models will have 2GB RAM.

Other features include a 13MP Exmor RS rear camera with F2.0 aperture and ISO 3200 sensitivity, 5MP front-facing camera with 88° field of view, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and a 2400mAh battery for a two-day battery life. The Xperia M4 Aqua has dimensions of 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3 mm and will weigh 140 grams.

The Xperia M4 Aqua will launch in three colours (Black, White and a new Coral colour). Sony says the handset will hit 80 countries and 100 partners worldwide when it is released in Spring 2015 for around EUR 299. It will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop from the outset and will be part of the Xperia Lounge Silver programme.

Xperia M4 Aqua (E2303, E2306, and E2353) white paper
Xperia M4 Aqua Dual (E2312, E2333, and E2363) white paper

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Via Sony Mobile Blog and Sony Developer World.

  • Kiwison

    My dear Walkman :'( I loved you

  • Joe

    Guess it’s almost a safe bet to assume there won’t be a Z4 announcement.

  • Amimanot

    Correct me if I’m wrong. But is this the one that used to be rumoured running a mediatek 64-bit SoC?

  • Timel

    boring like always

  • Coolkid

    Nope… That’s Xperia E4g…:)

  • jonasbjork

    “64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa Core processor (Quad-core 1.5 GHz + Quad core 1.0 GHz)”
    According to

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Glad to see that SONY make the great phone with great price. Well done SONY !!!

  • Snorky112

    yea not as much as you are

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Yes I think Z4 will be announced on May or September

  • Amimanot

    Oh, thanks for the info

  • Brian De Guzman

    It’s actually a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    What r u doing here hater ? Just name one mid range phone can compete with this :)

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Thank you Timel !!

  • Brian De Guzman

    So this should be the Lollipop preview for us Z series users, and oh god what happened to walkman :(

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Let him be :D

  • spatch

    What is that Music app? Where the heck is Walkman?!?

  • Mads

    SONY, Just stay with…
    One ‘E’ntry level – Ex,
    One ‘M’id range – Mx,
    One Flagship – Zx &
    One Phablet – ZUx per year..

  • jag


  • Amimanot

    One compact flagship -ZxC

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    He’s rolling here… Oh I mean trolling…

  • Joe

    Yea, I’m curious too.

  • Joe

    You really are. Fuck off.

  • Wolf0491

    I’m assuming it has to do with the Playstation spotify deal and all of that merging together

  • ZUL

    Lollipop UI :|

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Yeah I think you have good Idea. The T and the C is shit >.<

  • Yash Keshan

    Any info about the update to come to out devices guyzz?

  • Gustav Salazar Vazquez

    So…this phone is mid range and has lollipop compared to my xperia z2 that is not mid range and doesn’t have lollipop

  • Amimanot

    Probably only for the m4 aqua I guess… On the Z4 Tablet hands-on, its still Walkman

  • jag

    the Z4 tablet video from sony also has a Music App only. But it says it is Hi-Res so it’s kinda confusing.

  • Tipo didn’t have the Walkman app either. It looked the same as Walkman but was called Music.

  • jag

    lollipop update will come maybe tomorrow or on the coming days. They changed the settings menu, the notification tray and the core apps so it’s not too much worthy chasing for.

  • Amimanot

    Yeah… Just checked the official release video. Really confusing

  • jag

    That’s what im afraid too. Remember the xperia arc days. Back then, it was Music App only. Oh no!!!!

  • mukul verma

    here in this video u can see music app.

  • jag

    that’s playstation music. but i hope you’re right.

  • How is the Google search widget transparent? Google made it ugly white with the material update.

  • Yash Keshan

    Sony Xperia M4 Aqua hands-on | MWC 2015:

    This still has walkman on it!

  • Ankit

    Finally android 5.0 lollipop sony osm <3<3<3

  • Noven


  • Shaik Ilyas

    Sony Xperia M4 Aqua – Hands On:

    Confused with the UI. Video shows different and the screen shots above are different.

  • Arup

    Fuck off troll and go back to your SHAMESUNG.

  • Amimanot

    That widget is actually from sony’s launcher, not google.

    Top – Google widget from Sony
    Bottom – Google widget from Google

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Well priced and well specced! Z4 Tablet and M4 Aqua are looking good. Market them like hell, Sony!!!

  • Amimanot

    Either it’s running preproduction software or they changed it only for ads so that the Sony overlords wouldn’t get mad at them

  • I don’t have that widget in my phone. What’s it called?

  • Amimanot

    It’s not technically a widget since its permanently there on the launcher. What phone do you have?

  • xperiaDROID

    Totally agree with you. They won’t lose so much money if they release just a few series like you mentioned. We don’t need any shitty selfie phone like C or useless T. Just make it simple, Sony.

  • Although this looks transparent it gives me white widget. My phone is Z1 Compact

  • Amimanot

    If you’re running on kitkat 4.4.4, try clearing data for xperia home. You probably removed it by accident

  • Did that. It’s still white. Are you sure it’s not from that theme/launcher you’re using which also gave you the lollipop navigation bar?

  • It looks like a really nice phone actually. Better than my old Z in any way, but resolution.

  • Amimanot

    No… I don’t think a theme could add a new widget. Here a another screenshot of the xperia launcher with stock icons and stock themes. Maybe it’s because you are running an older version of xperia home. Ignore the 1st screenshot…

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    Open USB port but still waterproof? This is God Tier.

  • anon

    I think it’s only in the renders. In the hands-on video from gsmarena it’s still the Walkman app

  • spatch72

    The death of Music Unlimited has nothing to do with the Walkman brand. Could this be an indication that Sony will start to strip its iconic brands from the Xperia line before it sells it off? I really hope not — Walkman is the most used app on my Xperia devices.

  • Xajel

    Sony finally came with internal memory variation… I hope Z4 smartphone will come with 32GB and 64GB options…

  • xConjo

    lol joking

  • xperiaDROID

    I think it’s only in the renders. If they want to change the Walkman app, then what’s the point for them to update the app to material design carrying the Walkman name then?

  • Emil Oskarsson

    And ofc a tablet of two sizes :’)

  • xConjo

    It seems to be just for the renders because the actual devices have the Walkman app on MWC.
    Maybe some misscomunication between Sony Mobile and Walkman?

  • Itsarapong Intoum


  • Kunal Shukla

    finally pause button while recording video… took sony forever to add that basic feature

  • mukul verma

    in this video album & PSN app not updated..may be they will have firmware updation.

  • xsp

    Nice specs….WILL it be better than XPERIA Z2….???? anyone here kindly guide me…:)

    accept camera…

  • Petre Alexandru

    Is it just me or from all the phones announced at MWC so far the M4 has the best design?

  • mukul verma

    but in many videos of z4 tablet, album & PSN app updated with new design.may be there will be an firmware update.

  • The Black one looks like a flagship, excellent design.
    Sony FTW.

  • Petre Alexandru

    I own the Z2 and i must say that Z2 owns the M4 in every aspect,design,specs,battery life (i hope).

  • Dante the great

    Wait, you know the Z2 and Z3 have that feature right?

  • Petre Alexandru

    I have this option on my Z2 sincer the 4.4.4 update,soo…

  • asd

    where is z4??????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Hugo

    Sony better release that Xperia Z4 asap… HTC and Samsung will steal all the market attention in Q1 and Q2 of 2015.

    The Aqua M4 isn’t going to achieve anything. All it does is cannibalize the sales of the Z3 and its variants. And you can’t compete on a low price with Xiaomi, Huawei and the others.

    I’m surprised that the Playstation icon hasn’t received the ‘Material Design’ treatment, with the gloss removed.

  • Sarah

    Has it ever occurred to those folks at Sony Mobile that:

    1) A vertical time widget greatly reduces the amount of space for other widgets.

    2) It is not a good idea to lighten the part of the live wallpaper where the time widget shows numbers in white fonts. A lack of contrast = reduced visibility, especially in sunlight.

    The Xperia Z1 costs more or less the same as this,
    which one to choose? Z1 or M4

  • Jeff

    Wait for the Xperia Z4 later this year.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    I completely agree with you. :D

  • Stephen Lane

    First look at the Sony Quick settings. Looks very similar to Vanilla Android…

  • Nikola Maruni?

    Its not the first time. This icon was featured on a Sony Transfer pamphlet. They might leave walkman behind in next xperias but still use the name in current models. Maybe it doesn’t give them that brand recognition they hoped for?

  • Hate me, I am a SP user ;p

    2 Gb RAM 720p 5 inch display, quadcore and waterproofing. Such a great midranger! I could also say this phone bridges from mid to flagship smartphones. Ok now I will be waiting for the price in my country. Sub $350 (finger crossed). Way to go Sony ;)

  • Sam Albalushi

    Camera ui is still same and menu

  • Max

    Lol €299. They are never going to sell any of these. The Moto G is available for €100 less.

  • jxPerience

    ok buy moto G instead its not our fault that you’re poor and can’t afford to buy such a great piece like xperia M4

  • SK

    Moto G, Oh yea, Please get the fone and leave this page. We will not miss you.

  • jxPerience

    the price is right as well… Now i can see Sony Mobile forever

  • Marlish

    Sony didnt change anything major in their lolipop update. Everything looks so the same. They could have made the notification center a bit better personalising it to SOny style instead of keeping it to stock. The wait for lollipop for xperia is not worth it :(

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Look at the difference between these two model.

  • jxPerience

    it’s not final, that UI its not the official Xperia Lollipop UI, they use that UI for view and launching purposes only for Xperia Z4 tab and M4. but the final and overhauled xperia UI it’s on our way for the next few days

  • jxPerience

    M4 better screen, design, front camera and processor (octa vs quad) but still Z1 should be considered especially the powerful CPU

  • SK

    and you concluded this because…?
    I dont see much change happening to the UI coz they keep the UI as stock as possible with some tweaks. But for some reason I still like UI

  • jxPerience

    you have point.. but sony mobile developer released xperia theme creator apps

  • jxPerience

    Z4 will be 4x better than M9 and S6

  • jxPerience

    it is but i find samsung S6 a looker also, for M9 meeeehhh

  • ciebozz

    so, should I buy Z3c or M4? or maybe wait for z4? ._.
    make me confused

  • jxPerience

    maybe, but they are different in many ways
    CPU – Z2
    Design – Both
    Screen – Z2
    Speaker – Z2
    RCamera – Z2
    FCamera – M4
    Flaps – M4

  • Kunal Shukla

    my xperia z doesn’t have it on 4.4.4… didn’t knew that they have it on z2 and z3

  • Stephen Lane

    Id love to know you source on this? I cant see Sony making a build especially for a launch to have to then modify it all again?

    Than again it might explain the delay of the 5.0 launch fr the Z series if this is how Sony functions! lol

  • Stephen Lane

    Id avoid the Z1 if you can, what’s the difference in price for the Z2? That would be a better option if the price is similar….

  • Sigh. Anyways can know how you got your nav bar icons?

  • Snorky112

    lol I’m asking myself same question… I’ll buy Z3 compact, and then maybe switch later :p

  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    Sadly, it’s true. Not to mention the inconsistency in the icon show that they probably made quite a few mistakes in the update.

  • Amimanot
  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    Where’s your source? I would really want what you say to be true but I seriously doubt that. Not only there probably be no overhaul in the UI but also no new features can be expected. I might be too pessimistic but what have been shown all pointed to that. :(

  • Snorky112

    still a better UI than touchwizz

  • fried_egg

    The 1 phone a year cycle is a myth caused by Apple having such a “power” over the mind… Nokia used to warm up its range mid term with an “i” model upgrade and Samsung often slips in a new chip here and there while keeping the name the same. It is a weird mind trick, because with Sony yo never buy a phone more than 5 months after its launch, yet people think having an 11 month old product on sale would be more successful… it’s weird.. but like “£1 or $1 stores” it is hard to tell people they are not good value when so much of their mindset is istitutionalised in meaning and thus how it is comprehended internally before actually seeing the true value… Anyway, my 2year Z1 contract is up in August.. and I really hope there is a new Zx to buy, not one that has been out for a while…

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    You forgot the price

  • Thanks.

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  • Lovelesh Khatter

    Can any one suggest best colour option b/w white or black and when it gonna release, I want to change my shiity xperia t2 ultra dual with this one please suggest colour option

  • Lovelesh Khatter

    The news came on 13 Feb that a update is certified for xperia t2 ultra dual where the hell is this still not release

  • nick

    If that makes u happy.. Keep telling that

  • jumbo3220

    check this video for new Sony Lollipop UI ,it’s basically the stock UI and simple and elegant, the navibar color change according to the theme we use, it would be awesome if they add the stock lollipop theme to select too

  • What about the battery? I hope they used bigger than 4000mah to keep up with the power hungry octa core cpu

  • Snorky112


  • Simon Setyadarma

    I use T2 Ultra and I found this offensive :(((((

  • Simon Setyadarma

    Why there’s no Triluminous or BE 2? :(

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Ohhhhh just don’t choose T series next time XD

  • adneon0

    Thats what we were waiting for *_* .. Perfect midrange till date by SONY ! Traits from Z3 in midrange *_* .. XPERIA M4 FTW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Simon Setyadarma

    It was the best at the time.
    T2 Ultra is the only midtier which has big screen, long life battery before Z3 and Z3c, 13MP, good design :(
    But Sony (maybe) abandoned the phone :(

  • r4dzio

    It’s even bigger than Z1! WTF, SONY? M4 is slightly shorter and slightly narrower than Z3, but Z3 has 5,2″ screen!

    Hope in Z4 screen to phone ratio will be much more better! :)

  • Piero Garavito Martell

    fuck sony !!!! I want lollipop for Z3 and Z2 !!!!!

  • DD64

    Well, stock looks best

  • adneon0

    OMG .. WTF .. Where’s WALKMAN !!!!!!!!

  • ciebozz

    so Z3c? ._.

  • slkc

    At $299 EUR for a mid-range phone from Sony (2GB RAM,16 16GB storage, and all the other common sepc) with waterproof (and with no flaps for major ports!), it could be a popular phone for a while. Hopefully there would be more updates for the phone…
    What about the ‘real’ battery life? We’ll wait and see if Stamina proves to be another great feature for Sony phone…
    But the power button seems to be a bit small…?

  • Guest

    What the heck with music icon?did xperia leaving a walkman app??

  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    it’s 2400

  • dex

    Sony phones don’t even have Corning Gorilla Glass.

    Why should we pay premium prices for an inferior product?

  • Nathan

    Why not use Google Now Launcher?

  • Nathan

    Z3C is obviously superior.

  • skrug

    “Select device manufacturers have not been willing to provide Gorilla Glass model verification.”

    Also, Apple isn’t on that list.

  • P9

    best midranger of Sony yet even in the market todays
    strange Sony introduced the un port USB with a midrange not flagship one.
    hope Z4 is the best flagship ever too.


  • Anukul

    The first worthy replacement for the aging xperia SP (mid range master). Good job sony.

  • arcu de triumf

    Make one at 4.5″ and I’ll buy it right now. I won’t buy a 5″ mobile never ever.

  • sam raj

    Oh boy

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  • AudioAw

    I think Sony finally got this midrange thing right. I was sorely disappointed with the SP and the M2, but this might be my next Sony phone. It’s got a premium design and its water proof, and they finally got the most important specs right on this phone, 2gb of ram and 16gb rom.

  • Sarfaraz Habib

    What’s the price in Indian currency? Available in India

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  • Deckard_Cain

    No one can compete with the S6 in terms of specs. The Xperia Z3 still is quite respectable and the Z4 should be launched in the Summer, not now.

  • I guess this one might replace my Xperia SP if it has THE illumination bar

  • also sony can’t compete with samsung’s bloatwares

  • May Czos

    And a compact midranger.

  • May Czos

    What’s wrong with that? Pure Android is praides in Motorolas or Nexus dexices. Sony’s UI have always been closer to stock Android than Touchwiz or LG’s UI. That makes it also lighter and faster/smoother.

  • May Czos

    It looks really fast and smooth.

  • Stephen Lane

    No its a great thing! I love stock lollipop on my nexus7. My biggest wish was that Sony stayed as close to stock as possible…

  • May Czos

    That was probably one of the reasons why they haven’t released Z4 at MWC – S6 and M9 stole the whole attention. I just hope they won’t wait for too long (May would be perfect) and release both Z4 and Z4 Compact at the same time.

  • May Czos

    I hope it’s going to be early summer like May or June, otherwise it may be too late.

  • May Czos

    I hope it’s going to be May, not September. September is too late, other flagships would steal all the sales.

  • May Czos

    It has octa core processor. U$ price is usually 1:1 compared to € so it should cost $299.

  • May Czos

    Especially with such big bezels.

  • May Czos

    Maybe Sony is using competing product? Corning doesn’t have monopoly.

  • May Czos
  • May Czos

    Z3 has pretty decent screen to body ratio, I’m pretty sure Z4 won’t be worse.

  • May Czos

    It’s 2400mAh and Snapdragon 615 isn’t power hungry. It’s not Mediatek.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    I hope SONY will make it in time too…

  • Snorky112

    because they use dragontrail

  • Snorky112

    yea Z3c is better of course, the only point of getting M4 is to save money

  • Shubham Mutreja

    Flicker treats xperia m2 as POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA!!!!!!!
    BTW its camera is fuckingly awesome checkout some samples!!!!!

  • Gabriel

    After M2 Aqua I’m afraid to risk another Sony phone. They are beautiful and waterproof but camera sucks. My Xperia P cameras were much better, I could use both indoors and with M2 Aqua I can hardly take a good picture indoor, even during the day. It’s kinda sad, all of my phones have been Sony’s phone, my first was K550 and the camera was really good, even at night and it was just 2MP. I think it was better they were Sony Ericson. Sony improved the battery but destroyed their cameras.

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