Sony Xperia E4 breaks cover - revamped OmniBalance design meets entry-level specs
posted by Peter K. / Feb 10, 2015, 6:00 AM
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.
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.
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 6:11 AM 2
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)
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 9:29 AM 1
Posts: 1088; 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.
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 6:35 AM 5
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
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 8:46 AM 2
Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014
Desire 626?! What are you smoking? That phone's $190 in its home country! The E4 is an entry-level lowranger, not a midranger. This phone's rival is the Moto E, not Moto G. The polish reviewers reviewing the pre-release E4 compared it to the LG F60, Bello and Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. Get your head out of the sand, bro.
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 9:50 AM 1
Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014
The E3 is priced about 150$ 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
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 12:40 PM 0
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.
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 6:36 AM 1
Posts: 2188; 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.
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 7:04 AM 2
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 ?
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 11:10 AM 1
Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011
this phone has android 5. Not 4.4. http://www.sonymobile.com/glob
posted on Feb 10, 2015, 3:32 PM 0
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