The amazing Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has a dark storage secret

When it entered the mass market earlier this year, Sony Xperia M4 Aqua quickly became a hit with both consumers and industry experts praising the smartphone for its specifications. Deservedly so, as the M4 Aqua really goes above and beyond given the fact that it’s primarily a mid-range handset.

For a rather affordable price, you get an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, a 13MP rear camera (1080p recording) and a 5MP front camera (720p recording), as well as a beautiful 5″ HD display. Additionally, there’s a Micro-SD card slot that allows for a support up to 32 GB. Sony have obviously been thinking of external conditions too, as the Xperia M4 Aqua is IP68 certified as a dust-proof and waterproof device.

However, behind these lucrative features lies a disappointing truth, at least when it comes to the 8 GB version of the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua:

Users get a measly 1.26 GB for their own personal content, or less than 16% of the storage as advertised by Sony.

Even though this sounds like a surreal case of Sony overlooking things and making a huge mistake, the reality is rather hard. Here is a visual evidence, a product of Xperia Blog’s M4 Aqua feature analysis:

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Image courtesy of Xperia Blog

This is the internal storage breakdown of a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua E2303 model (European retail). The device is SIM free so it ought to be even less cluttered than what you would expect from carrier versions.

The situation is made worse by the fact that some of the pre-installed apps (taking 2.09 GB of space!), cannot be removed from the M4 Aqua. Even if you do uninstall some of them, you would surely use the free space for installing some apps of your personal choice. XperiaBlog conducted an experiment and removed the built-in applications requiring the most space (Facebook, AVG and Kobo Books); this freed up around 470 MB of space but 1.73 GB of data storage is still very low for the modern day app-hungry smartphone user.

Advice for coping with the rather unfortunate situation ranges from rooting to moving the apps to an SD card. However, the first is too advanced of an operation for the casual consumer while the latter doesn’t solve the issue because not all the data can be transferred to a external storage.

The best solution might be to just skip on the 8GB version of Sony Xperia M4 Aqua and purchase the 16GB variant instead. Some experts have voiced their confusion over the dubious decision coming from Sony to even introduce an 8GB version that has such data storage issues. They point to the case of Xperia C4, where Sony decided to establish a standard 16GB model, instead of introducing a 8GB version.

On the other hand, lean and frugal users might have no issue with the limited storage of the M4 Aqua. No matter if you decide to upgrade to a 16GB Xperia or stay at the lower mark, you can rest assured that your backup data is safe with our Sony Xperia Backup Extractor software.

Check out the gorgeous promotional video for Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: