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Sony@MWC2015 – Xperia M4 Aqua and E4g

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If you were waiting for a new Sony flagship, you walked away disappointed from MWC 2015. Sony did not show the Xperia Z4, claiming the Z3 is still doing well. What Sony did show, was the midrange M4 Aqua and budget model E4g.

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M4 Aqua E4g
Screen size: 5 inch IPS 4.7 inch TFT
Resolution: 720p (1280 x 720) 540 x 960
CPU: Snapdragon 615 (dual quad-core 64-bit) MediaTek (1.5 GHz quad-core)
RAM (memory): 2 GB 1 GB
Storage: 8 / 16 GB + microSD 8 GB + microSD
Camera: 13 MP + 5 MP (front) 5 MP + 2 MP (front)
Battery: 2400 mAh 2300 mAh (removable)
Weight: 136 g 135 g
Price: 330 USD 140 USD
Available: April 2015 April 2015

M4 Aqua follows the M2 Aqua, where “aqua” means the phone survives a splash of water. It clearly has the Sony Xperia look, reminding me of the Xperia Z models. This is a phone for the mainstream, if you find the Z series too expensive.

The E4g is a cheap 4G phone. Don’t expect great performance or pictures from this phone. But you get what you pay for and this model should compete with other budget phones.

Read more:

Android Central: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua hands-on by Alex Dobie

Android Central: Sony injects LTE connectivity into the E4, announces the Xperia E4g by Rich Edmonds

The Verge: Sony’s M4 Aqua is a cheap plastic copy of its flagship Xperia phone by Vlad Savov

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Technews for week 9

Here in Norway weeks starts on Monday and we use week numbers. Below is the most interesting technews for week 9.

This week saw the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona and a lot of new phones got shown (but not yet available for sale).

Sony Ericsson released the little brother and sister to the Xperia S: Xperia P and Xperia U. The Xperia S was shown at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas back in January and went on sale this week in Barcelona.

HTC showed its new One Series: The One X, One S and One V.

LG, ZTE, Huawei also showed new phones (amongst others).

Microsoft made Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download.

Spotify got updated and can now do crossfade and finally gapless playback.

Square Enix finally released Final Fantasy Tactics for the iPad. I’ve spent many hours of my life playing the original on the PlayStation, and will now spend even more on my iPad 2.