Today, Sony lifted the veil and showed us its first smartphone for 2015, the affordable entry-level Sony Xperia E4. As a refresher, it's predecessor, the Xperia E3, got introduced alongside the Xperia Z3 and the Z3 Compact back in September.
From the get-go, the design of the Xperia E4 strikes us as being noticeably-different from Sony's devices up until now despite still swearing by Sony's OmniBalance design language.
It introduces more rounded edges, curved lines, and smaller bezels than the E3, for example. It's not a top-tier phone, but Sony has still decided to sprinkle some "premium" on it - its newest mid-ranger comes with a diamond-cut aluminum power button and a stainless steel camera ring.
Specs-wise, the Xperia E4 is as entry-level as it gets. A 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels will try to seduce your eyesight and a quad-core MediatTek MT6582 chipset, clocked at up to 1.3GHz, will cater to your needs.
The Xperia E4 also comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of native storage (roughly 5 of which are available to the user), a microSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing selfie snapper. We have no LTE on board, but at least the device comes in two versions - single- and dual-SIM ones. The OS of choice is Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
As far as the battery is concerned, the Xperia E4 comes with a 2,300mAh juicer, as well as the Stamina and Ultra Stamina software goodies. Judging by its specs, we suppose that it will provide an acceptable battery life. Sony claims that its newest device will be another two-day champ, hinting us that the Xperia E4 might join the ranks of the long-lasting Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.
Sony reveals that both the single-SIM and dual-SIM variants of the Xperia E4 will launch later this February. At the moment, we don't know if the phone will land on US soil. We are not entirely aware of its pricing range, but we really hope that Sony prices it right.
So, can we expect the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4 to employ a similarly-refreshed OmniBalance design? Only time will tell.