Sony’s mobile division is in red, the Japanese’s tech giant continues to face stiff competition from other mobile vendors producing innovative smartphones at competitive price spot.
Sony had earlier decided to stop producing mid-range smartphones, reason being their miserable sales. It seems that decision has been rescinded, as we have a handful of new mid-range smartphones from Sony.
One of such smartphones is the Xperia M4 Aqua, which appears to have disappointed quite a large number of persons. Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a 5-inch device, powered by Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragraon 615 processor, 13 MP primary camera and 5 MP selfie camera.
Other features include the IP68 certification which makes the smarpthone waterproof and dustproof. It also comes with microSD support, at a time when some mobile vendors are killing-off support for microSD Cards.
Based on the specifications, Sony took a step forward but radically took two steps backwards with the internal storage. According to XperiaBlog, the Xperia M4 Aqua comes with just 1.26 GB of free storage.
The break-down shows that Android 5.0 which runs on the device took 4 GB of storage, while pre-installed apps eat 2 GB of storage. That’s crazy, but it could be worse when your carrier decides to chun in their apps.
Worse-still, there are a couple of pre-installed apps that can’t be uninstalled. So, if you wanted to free up space after purchase by uninstalling the pre-installed apps, that could really be an exercise in futility.
While there is a microSD slot available, it would really make little or no sense to users who don’t want to root their device or users who have never heard of rooting. It’s hard to believe epic games like Modern Combat 5 or Asphalt 8 will ever run smoothly on the Xperia M4 Aqua, as their installation file are in excess of 1 GB.
For now, even if you are comfortable rooting your smartphone. It may take a while before that can happen on the Xperia M4 Aqua. Root methods for the smartphone hasn’t appeared anywhere on the internet, early users of the device have already started venting their frustration on Sony’s storage decision.
The good new however is that Android M is changing a few ways Android traditionally works. One of such new features is the “Adoptable Storage Devices.” This allows users to use their SD card or drives on USB OTG as internal storage. The question one can’t answer is whether or not Sony will deploy the Android M update to the Xperia M4 Aqua.
Don’t want all these hassle? Sony has a 16 GB variant of the smartphone.