Introduction


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

Design

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

Sony Xperia E4g

Dimensions

5.24 x 2.8 x 0.43 inches

133 x 71 x 10.8 mm

Weight

4.76 oz (135 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Dimensions

5.27 x 2.64 x 0.37 inches

133.9 x 67.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

4.72 oz (134 g)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches

127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia E4g

Sony Xperia E4g

Dimensions

5.24 x 2.8 x 0.43 inches

133 x 71 x 10.8 mm

Weight

4.76 oz (135 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Dimensions

5.27 x 2.64 x 0.37 inches

133.9 x 67.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

4.72 oz (134 g)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches

127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

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



Display

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.



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16 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 950; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

2. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

3. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

720P panel would tax that GPU

4. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

11. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

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

5. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

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

9. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

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

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

7. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Excellent budget phone!

8. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Excellent budget phone!

10. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

12. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 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.

13. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

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

14. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

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

15. DesiP

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 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

16. kimberlycamarines

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 03, 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.
Xperia E4g
  • Display 4.7" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(12.72h 3G talk time)

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