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Sony Xperia E4g Review

Sony Xperia E4g

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Sony Xperia E4g Review

Sony Xperia E4g Review
Sony Xperia E4g Review
Sony Xperia E4g Review

If you need an inexpensive, unpretentious phone to give to your teen or even kiddo, without worrying about the consequences, Sony has got you covered with the new Xperia E4g. It is pretty low as specs go, sporting a qHD screen (certainly not to be confused with QHD), a MediaTek chipset, and a basic 5 MP camera, but offers seemingly sturdy design, 4G connectivity, and has the Sony logo slapped on its back. Will the price and branding be enough to offset the circa 2012 specs sheet? Let's find out....

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets


Thickish, but comfy to operate, the Xperia E4g feels very sturdy in the hand

The chubby, soapy-shaped Xperia won't be winning any design contests this season, but it feels solid and sturdy in the hand. It is quite thick and light, which, coupled with the soft-touch plastic on the back, makes it easy to grab and hold, though the 10.8mm chassis girth might be a turnoff. The back panel, which encompasses the sides of the phone, is removable, but the battery is, sadly, non-replaceable. The power/lock key, and the volume rocker on the right, offer deep tactile feedback, but the power key feels a bit wobbly under your thumb when you play around with it, as it's actually a part of the removable rear casing.

Sony Xperia E4g
5.24 x 2.8 x 0.43 inches
133 x 71 x 10.8 mm
4.76 oz (135 g)

Sony Xperia E4g

Motorola Moto G (2014)
5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches
141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm
5.26 oz (149 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Xiaomi Redmi 2
5.27 x 2.64 x 0.37 inches
133.9 x 67.1 x 9.4 mm
4.72 oz (134 g)

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches
127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Bright and color-accurate, the 4.7” display shines in everything but pixel density.

Sony has been worrying that we've forgotten what a 540x960-pixel qHD display looks like, and is bent on reminding us that this type of resolution still exists with the Xperia E4g. We don't want to rain on its parade, but the 4.7” display returns 234ppi at this resolution, which might sound fine, but in reality small text looks interrupted, and icon edges are somewhat jagged – we'd certainly prefer at least a 720p panel at this price point.

As for the other screen quality criteria, however, the LCD panel has them covered well. The color representation is nearly spot on, with only the greens running a tad afoul, but certainly not to the level you'd notice it. We measured the white point to be relatively close to the reference, too – at 6328 Kelvins, it is only slightly on the warmish color side.

The good news about the display don't end here, either – it is very bright, at 508 nits, and has pretty decent viewing angles as well. All in all, despite the aging resolution, you won't be disappointed by the Xperia E4g display panel.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Sony Xperia E4g 508
Motorola Moto G (2014) 390
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 436
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posted on 23 Apr 2015, 09:16 1

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Nice long lasting phone. Would be much better with a 720p screen though, especially for a price of 200$.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 09:46 4

2. mixedfish (Posts: 1329; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

But looks like resolution is compensated with a well tuned panel.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 10:06

3. josephnero (Posts: 592; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

720P panel would tax that GPU

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 10:24

4. ryq24 (Posts: 772; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

The price should be lower than US$200 if Sony wants this phone to do well.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 17:04 1

11. may_czos (Posts: 847; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)

It costs about £120 in the UK and up to $170 in the US. Fairly decent for such hardware.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 10:51

5. iphonexus (Posts: 130; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)

I think ZenFone 2 is way better than this handset I'm talking about the lowest version

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 16:31 4

9. pyradark (Posts: 882; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

2 days battery life vs half day battery life!! Then buy yourself a zen phone

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 13:12 4

6. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Holy s@#t, an entry level phone has better colour representation than most flagships!!!

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 13:28 2

7. Djz89 (Posts: 365; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)

Excellent budget phone!

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 13:28

8. Djz89 (Posts: 365; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)

Excellent budget phone!

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 16:55

10. dorianb (Posts: 612; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Honestly from the initial pics I thought it was a ruggedized phone a la Galaxy Active series.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 19:20 1

12. Remmy (Posts: 147; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

"Good pictures outdoors and 1080p video recording"

Wow. It's been a while since I last read an Xperia review with quite positive camera feedback.

posted on 24 Apr 2015, 01:03

13. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

7.5 seems like a good score for this entry level phone.

posted on 03 May 2015, 01:36

14. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 354; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)

love this entry level phone :-D
Good job Sony :-)

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 12:04

15. DesiP (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)

Has been fine for a few months, and battery life as promised was about 2 days, but all of a sudden battery starts draining very quickly. Sony replaced battery first time under warranty, but now the battery warranty is over and it is happening again! Not impressed. Why should I suddenly have to start deactivating all the things one has a smartphone for, such as mobile data or wifi

posted on 03 Jul 2017, 00:57

16. kimberlycamarines (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jul 2017)

Its friendly user ,i love the app the features,it easily to access to the other phone,and the connection is already LTE it is nice long lasting phone to use.But this phone is just for smart user so i need to open line it.

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Sony Xperia E4g

Sony Xperia E4g

OS: Android 4.4.4
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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.7 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (234 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.24 x 2.80 x 0.43 inches
(133 x 71 x 10.8 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery2300 mAh, 12.18 hours talk time

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