Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Review: The Lookalike: Performance

By 11:56 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


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The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is no powerhoutilize and its specs shout mid-range all-around. It is powered by a elegant Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 SoC, which was created specifically to taracquire the mid-range market. It consists of a total of eight Cortex A53 cores, four clocked at 1.5Giga Hertz (GHz) and the other four at 1.0Ghz. This doesn't sound very impressive, but Sony has managed to optimize the Operating System (OS) for a fluent and pleasant experience all around.


The phone is equipped with 2GB of RAM, which is more than enough for most everyday tasks and with an Adreno 405 GPU casual gaming is also a fluent and pleasant experience.

This being said, the Xperia M4 Aqua has a lot of competition. With decent hardware and a price tag of around €300, it is a solid phone. But, there are a lot of alternatives which offer similar and often better performance for around the same price. We have made a mixed selection of the two for our benchimprint section. Naturally, we have thrown the Xperia Z3 Compact in the mix, which seems to be quite popular among Sony fans, but seeing how it is powered by a Snapdragon 801 SoC, there shouldn't be much competition in terms of performance.

First up, we have the raw Central Processing Units (CPU) performance test with GeekBench 3, which should be straight-forward enough, but does show some surprising results. The Xperia M4 Aqua sits around the middle of the scoreboard, which is expected, but it is being surpassed by a few, less-than-predictable opponents. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha with its Exynos 5 Octa 5430 SoC sits at the very top, but, it is followed very closely by the Galaxy A7, which is equipped with the exact same MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chip as the Xperia M4 Aqua.

The two phones are strikingly similar in terms of hardware, so the only explanation of the major incompatibility in performance is software optimization, which Samsung seems to have handled amazingly well. The Galaxy A7 even outperforms the Xperia Z3 Compact, which has a Snapdragon 801 inside, albeit a slightly older version.

Bear in mind, that the Galaxy was tested while running of Android 4.4 KitKat.

Predictable enough, the M4 Aqua surpassed the quite aging original Moto X and the LG G2, although not by a lot. And the Galaxy A5, S4 and S5 mini are all left behind, seeing how they all sport slower processors, but are, in fact, in the same price range as the Xperia M4.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3214

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    2880

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2856

  • HTC Desire 820

    2586

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2375

  • LG G2

    2243

  • Motorola Moto X

    2123

  • ZTE Blade S6

    2086

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1895

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 S600

    1869

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1460

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    1123

AnTuTu is a compound benchmark, which also takes into account Random-Access Memory (RAM) and GPU performance. Here we see pretty much the same arrangement. The Galaxy Alpha and Z3 Compact both have a major lead and the M4 Aqua and its hardware doppelganger - the Galaxy A7 are neck to neck, but now, with a slight edge for the Xperia. So, the Sony seems to beat most of its competition in terms of overall performance, which is remarkable news, seeing how Central Processing Units (CPU) power alone doesn't really assist you do your work more-efficiently.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    51905

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    46566

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    32217

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    31436

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    28758

  • ZTE Blade S6

    27198

  • HTC Desire 820

    27070

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    21581

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II is another all-round benchmark. It gives an overall score along with single, multi-core performance, math performance and more. We focus on the overall score and the dedicated Central Processing Units (CPU) scores. The Xperia M4 Aqua once again performs admirably well. It seems to lack behind in single-core performance, but it makes up with remarkable optimization in multi-core. After factoring in a lot of other performance factors, Baseimprint Operating System (OS) ranks the phone well above its direct hardware rivals, which is remarkable news.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    1167

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    915

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    883

  • LG G2

    848

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    786

  • ZTE Blade S6

    741

  • HTC Desire 820

    725

  • Motorola Moto X

    578

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    555

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    526

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    478

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    419

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    2579

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2282

  • HTC Desire 820

    1812

  • ZTE Blade S6

    1721

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    1572

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    1453

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    1353

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1217

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    15096

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    10063

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    9284

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    8592

  • HTC Desire 820

    8453

  • ZTE Blade S6

    6064

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    5283

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    4880

Moving on to pure graphics tests, the Xperia M4 Aqua does fairly well. Its Adreno 405 GPU isn't really all that powerful, but the phone's 720 x 1280 classy screen resolution allow for some decent framerates onscreen. Offscreen, however, it's a whole different story. The M4 Aqua struggles quite badly with the test and comes in near the bottom of the chart.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    31.3

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    27.4

  • LG G2

    22

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 S600

    17.1

  • Motorola Moto X

    16

  • ZTE Blade S6

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    15

  • HTC Desire 820

    15

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    14.9

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    12.3

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    6.7

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    5.3

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    48.4

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    41.3

  • HTC Desire 820

    26

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    25.8

  • ZTE Blade S6

    24

  • LG G2

    23.1

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    15

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    12.4

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    9.6

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    9.3

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    13.4

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    11.8

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    5.84

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    5.8

  • ZTE Blade S6

    5.8

  • HTC Desire 820

    5.7

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1.8

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    25.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    25.3

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    12.2

  • HTC Desire 820

    12

  • ZTE Blade S6

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    5.8

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.9

The Xperia M4 Aqua didn't really shine in the browser test either. Still, it did alright. Chrome is pulling its own weight. The Kraken score wasn't all that great, but BrowserMark is perfectly fine for a mid-range device.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    4911

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    6480

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    12266

  • ZTE Blade S6

    12865

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    13083

  • HTC Desire 820

    13568

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    13609

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    15885

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    26542

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    1655

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    1500

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    1364

  • ZTE Blade S6

    1271

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    1171

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1171

  • HTC Desire 820

    991

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    861

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    599

Overall, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua works quite well. The Snapdragon 615 scores some 70% better than the omnipresent Snapdragon 410 chipset so the Xperia M4 Aqua has that going for it. Best of all, the phone performs quite in line with what other smartphones with Snapdragon 615 offer.

The hardware inside the M4 Aqua is quite capable, not to mention futureproof, so there is really no reason for the device to punch below its category. We are quick to point the finger at Sony, which is all but justified, but Android 5.0 hasn't really been playing well with a lot of devices recently. Bugs are still present across quite a few devices from various manufacturer, so there is still a lot of room for improvement on Google's latest mobile OS.


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