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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua




Sony Xperia M4 Aqua (SIM Free/UK)

Previously only available on the high end Xperia Z range, the M4 Aqua is the first mid range smartphone from Sony to include an IP rating.

Capable of surviving complete immersion in fresh water for up to 30 minutes, the Xperia M4 Aqua has been built with the knowledge that affordable phones should also be able to resist water!

SIM Free/Unlocked UK stock

All Clove Technology's Xperia M4 Aqua stock is sold SIM Free and Unlocked. When you buy from Clove, all you need to do is put in you own SIM card from any local operator for voice and data.

The M4 Aqua also supports LTE on international bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20 - for complete compatibility outside of Europe, check with your local operator.

Reasons to buy the M4 Aqua

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop - new Material Design, improved performance and features including multiple user profiles
  • 13 / 5 MP rear / front cameras - take excellent shots with the main camera and detailed selfies
  • 5.0 inch 720p display - large HD ready display
  • IP 65/68 rated - water and dust resistant, take your M4 Aqua out in the rain or down to the beach !
  • LTE connectivity for high speed mobile Internet access

Colour and memory variants

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is available to buy with 8GB of base storage. This can be expanded via memory card (not included).

Traditional black colour option is offered.

Box contents

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua (SIM Free & Unlocked)
  • 3 pin UK mains charger
  • USB cable
  • Documentation


It's generally the case that the most expensive phones get the best features, whilst the cheaper, more affordable handsets, are left with less.

Whilst this makes sense when it comes to cramming in all the current generation's top technologies; design work and other cosmetic features could well be applied down the range.

With Sony's Xperia phones, waterproofing has been a premium feature only available on the Z range for over 2 years now. With the M4 Aqua though, Sony have seen fit to bring this incredibly useful design feature to a more affordable handset, providing protection to more users.


Sony Xperia M4 Aqua On Rock

In order to be categorised as waterproof, a phone needs to have an IP (Ingress Protection) rating. The Xperia M4 Aqua has a rating numbered 65 and 68, which are two of the highest that can be awarded.

With a 6x number, the Xperia M4 Aqua is certified as dust tight with all ports closed, this means that even dirt or sand won't get in. The x5 and x8 ratings determine that the M4 Aqua can survive being completely immersed in water up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes, as well as continuous low pressure jet sprays for at least 3 minutes.

The newest 68 rating also means that you can use the M4 Aqua in chlorinated swimming pools, although you should remember to rinse it off with fresh water when you get out!

For more details on the IP ratings of Sony phones, you can visit:


The Xperia M4 Aqua follows the Sony OmniBalance design language, with smooth chamfered edges, circular power button and neatly raised control buttons. The 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port and speaker grilles have been specially engineered to not require covers, and remain waterproof.

The micro SD card slot and SIM card slot each have a port cover that should be firmly closed when entering water. Once you have set your Xperia M4 Aqua up after buying, these covers should remain closed unless you are changing networks or memory cards.


Mid range doesn't have to mean middling performance anymore. Mobile technololgy has improved significantly in the past 24 months and the M4 Aqua's octa core processor and 2GB RAM will still prove impressively powerful for the majority of users. This specification would have outstripped the top range devices of less than 2 years ago!

Qualcomm's newest 64bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor provides improved power management, graphics capabilities and high speed LTE access so there's very little the M4 Aqua can't handle effortlessly.


Whether you choose to use the main 13 megapixel camera, or take a selfie with the 5 megapixel front camera, you will produce great pictures.

Sony include Exmor RS for Mobile sensor technology, alongside HDR and Superior Auto shooting options to get the best results. Superior Auto can recognise up to 52 distinct scenarios based on lighting and focal range to optimise settings on the fly when you switch subjects.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Group Shot

Superior Auto is also available on the front camera so your selfies and group shots don't end up looking low quality compared to the rest of your images. The 5MP front sensor also features a wide angle 22mm lens to help get the whole group in the shot!

HDR works by taking several images at different exposure levels and combining them for a combined effect. HDR is especially useful if you are shooting against strong light or in high contrast situations such as a sunset.

Sony know people love to tinker with their images once taken, so there is also a whole suite of apps and features to retouch or play with your pictures:

  • Movie Creator - automatically combine pictures taken over a similar time or location or even with the same faces in them !
  • AR Fun - add filters, stickers, text and animations to liven up scenes
  • Portrait Retouch - helps you create the perfect profile pictures for all your social media needs
  • Sound Photo - Add up to 10 seconds of audio and animate an image then share through PlayMemories Online

There are also many more Sony Xperia camera features available to download and add on through updates.

*The Xperia M4 Aqua is waterproof and protected against dust as long as you follow a few simple instructions: all ports and attached covers are firmly closed; you can’t take the phone deeper than 1.5 m of water and for longer than 30 minutes; and the water should be fresh water. Casual use in chlorinated pools is permitted provided the phone is rinsed in fresh water afterwards. No seawater and no salt water pools. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. The phone has an Ingress Protection rating of IP65 and IP68. To see what this means and for more information see


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version5.0 Lollipop
  • Custom Skin
  • SpeedQuad-core 1.5 GHz Quad core 1.0 GHz
  • Dual Core
  • Quad Core
  • Make/ModelQualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa Core
  • OtherAdreno 405 GPU
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSD
  • Capacity (Up to)32GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity8GB (5GB user-accessible)
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size5
  • Type
  • Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Other
  • Frequencies850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies900 (Band VIII), 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
  • Speed
  • FrequenciesBands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
  • Speed
  • Version4.1
  • Functions
  • Version802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)
  • Version
  • DataMicroUSB
  • PowerMicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm
  • Video Out
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware ButtonsPower, volume up & down, camera
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels13
  • FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
  • Camera Lens
  • Other4x digital zoom, Full HD video recording (1080p),HDR for photos, Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, SteadyShot – video stabilisation, Superior Auto – automatic scene selection, Image stabiliser, Geotagging – add location info to your photos, Red-eye reduction
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type5 MP front camera with HD 720p for video
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Digital Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Light SensorYes
  • FormatsMP3 (.mp3), 3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4, .m4a), SMF (.mid), WAV (.wav), OTA (.ota), Ogg vorbis (.ogg)
  • Recording3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • Formats3GPP, MP4, Matroska, AVI, Xvid, WebM
  • Recording3GPP™, MP4
Near Field CommunicationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity2400mAh
  • Type
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSMUp to 12 hours 42 min
  • 3GUp to 13 hours 17 min
Standby Time
  • GSMUp to 681 hours
  • 3GUp to 685 hours
Dimensions145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3 mm
Weight 140g
OtherWaterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68), Miracast, USB Tethering, WiFi Hiotspot, Clear Audio , Sony 3D Surround Sound, Clear Bass, xLoud
Warranty24 months


Sony_Xperia_M4_Aqua_User_Guide.pdf Sony_Xperia_M4_Aqua_User_Guide.pdf (2325KB)



Will my phone work

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world.

Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDXC/memory card slot?

Yes – this phone supports up to 32GB of external storage.

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes a NANO SIM card

Is this handset LTE compatible?

Yes - Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20

Does this phone have a removable battery?


Does this phone have video out?


Is the phone water resistant?

Yes, it has an IP65/68 rating. It can be immersed in water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes.

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Overall Rating 1 Stars * * * * * View Clove's Own Review
  • Sandy Scott 13/10/2015 Recommend to a friend? No

    Do not buy this phone unless you plan to root it! The memory is too small for the number of non-removable Sony and Google apps preinstalled on the phone. You'll have only 3GB of free "out of the box", and that drops to under 1GB if you let them all update! This isn't enough for normal use of the phone - you'll be fighting the lack of storage every day. Adding a large SD card doesn't help because many apps and their data can't be moved onto it. Rooting the phone has returned it to usability, as this means you can delete the pre-installed apps and use the SD card more effectively.

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