The Sony Xperia M4 has a 5inch 720p LCD display with a scratch resistant glass although it isn’t made up of Corning Gorilla Glass and comes with plastic back and sides, which are altogether rolled up in a dust-resistant package.
The new Omni-Balance design from Sony has been carried forward in the Xperia M4 and it comes with a machined aluminum power button. Besides that, other features include a volume rocker, capless micro-USB port, bottom-firing speaker, headphone jack, a microSD card slot along with a SIM slot. Each of them has their own waterproof covers.
The dedicated hardware shutter button from Sony is quite useful and has been added as well. The dust and water-resistant rating of IP65/68 have also been added in the M4. However, keep in mind that this doesn’t make your device completely 100% safe. Sony has advised that users should keep all sorts of opening and slots closed.
At the same time, the device should not be placed completely underwater or exposed to any kind of salt water, chlorinated water, sea water or any liquids such as drinks. The dust and water protection makes sure that your device stays safe in case it drops into shallow fluids. At the same time, you get the luxury of washing your device under clean water.
It is clearly advised that you should not immerse this device under water purposely. The Xperia M4 comes with a 64bit Snapdragon 615 processor and includes 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It has a 13megapixel rear-facing camera along with LED flash and a 720p front-facing camera as well. It supports NFC and the device runs on Android Lollipop 5.0.
At this price point, the device comes with quite competitive specs. Keep in mind that this is an entry level, value-for-money device and before checking it out, you should definitely look at the price tag from time to time.
At the same time, this doesn’t mean that this device necessarily sucks. It does not come with military-grade hardware found in $900 phones but at its level, the Xperia M4 is a decent performer. When you look at it, you will immediately notice the Sony craftsmanship all over it but there are no stereo speakers, unlike the flagship models.
The device is quite sleek and stylish and it is quite great in its own class. However, we all know that look don’t mean squat, you need to hold the device to understand how it feels. The M4 definitely feels plastic in nature. There is a plastic clip located in the back plastic panel which creates a significant impact on the overall feel of this device.
Priced aggressively at $336, the phone will suit you after few days of usage, after which, things like these won’t be noticed. Compared to this device, the Moto X Play which comes with a price around $300 should be a better device.
With the 5inch 720p HD display, the device is great with excellent brightness on the brighter end and at the same time, it is quite usable in direct sunlight. From this, it is clear that Sony always makes a great screen, no matter where they put it on.