Sony Xperia E4 breaks cover - revamped OmniBalance design meets entry-level specs

While we are patiently waiting for Sony to announce its flagship for 2015 (which will almost certainly be the Xperia Z4), the Japan-based maker is gradually refreshing it smartphone portfolio. 

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. 

source: Sony

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Xperia E4
  • Display 5.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(12.72h 3G talk time)



1. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Sony should reserve OmniBalance for their flagship phones. I think this is a good decision to have different design for low end device. They don't need to water down their OmniBalance design that being said they better price this phone competitively and send lollipop upgrade.

5. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I don't think so. OmniBalance is Sony's identity. It's their plus, in low price. Now who doesn't want that?

13. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I think they are trying to follow what Samsung has accomplish all the Xperias should have identical design so user will know that it's an Xperia phone at first sight well then of course most Xperias look good, unlike most Galaxies which look ugly as hell (except the Note 3, Note 4 and the J, IMO)

17. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Can't yet compete Moto, or Xiaomi, or Gionee, or Oppo or Miezu or Micromax Yureka! So Sony can die with this E4!

2. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It HAS to be $150 or less and come with App-to-SD support like other Xperia midrangers otherwise it's screwed.

12. piggerz_b_piggin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Still can't compete with moto g or HTC desire 626, because of that awful screen. Seriously Sony? Wtf is that garbage? Where is 720p on an entry level? Maybe they should sell there experia line because of horrible decisions lie this

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

720p on that CPU, so it can lag more?

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Desire 626?! What are you smoking? That phone's $190 in its home country! The E4 is an entry-level lowranger, not a midranger. This phone's rival is the Moto E, not Moto G. The polish reviewers reviewing the pre-release E4 compared it to the LG F60, Bello and Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. Get your head out of the sand, bro.

22. piggerz_b_piggin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Yes but the experia z line is priced relatively the same and entry level phones are becoming midrange speced

18. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

The E3 is priced about 150$ where i live and seems to be a better option. LTE on board pricesly. But one must do with 4gb internal memory.....and im sitting here waiting for the successor or L

23. piggerz_b_piggin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Which is why it is competing with the likes of moto g and HTC desire 626

25. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Yea...this should be less than 150 on launch

3. alvinching

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I think sony need to learn from sharp like the aquos crystal. Do some bezel less smartphone with mid range spect with sd 615.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They really shouldn't, this is their low end phone. Save the 615 for the C, M, T series phones.

6. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Even the M only gets 400. It's reserved for T or C. Upper midrange market uses 615.

7. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Indeed. It's a good decision to use MT SoCs for the low-end devices. Cheap but reliable. Snapdragon 400+ for the lower mid-range and the 600+ for the upper mid-range. 800+ reserved for the flagships.

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Not bad, if the price is right (i.e. cheap, and more precisely much cheaper than the moto g).

9. parasky

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

They must be using some of their spare ps vita displays with this one (Same screen size and resolution)

10. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Not bad, but Sony must price it right.

11. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Not much of an upgrade doh.....

16. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Stop making cheap entry level smartphone. Sony should focus on high end model only and target premium user like Apple. Why buy this when you can get smartphone from chinese manufacturer with better specs at lower price ?

19. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Not so sure I'm a fan of the more curved edges.

20. wael84

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I have the feeling that sony will price it as a flagship not as a mid ranger

21. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

24. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

xperia used to be the flagship line for sony. real shame they didn't bring back the line in its full glory

26. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Why it should be made with 5' screen? Hmmm. Plus that "not-so-generous" resolution. This one will lose badly, at least to my taste. Sorry sony.

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