Sony Xperia E5 Review
Interface and functionality
No-nonsense user experience, Sony style.
This being a recent model and all, Sony would have had quite some explaining to do were we treated to anything less than the company's latest software. Thankfully, that's not the case.
Based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Xperia E5 comes with Sony's proprietary skin on top, which has seen some meaningful—but not major—updates in terms of visuals. The user interface is more colorful than before, with a set of striking wallpapers, but is still a traditionally contained and self-respecting Sony implementation. So if you're looking for features galore, this one is probably a skip.
In terms of functionality, there are a few neat extras, such as support for themes. Beyond that, however, you're looking at a very true-to-stock Android experience. Finally, despite fingerprint scanners having started making their way into the lower end, the Xperia E5 makes do without one.
Processor and memory
Consistently good performance, but forget graphically demanding games—the GPU isn't up to the task.
Like its predecessors, the Xperia E5's number-crunching prowess is the work of a MediaTek processor. More specifically, we're treated to a MT6735 chipset with four 1.3GHz cores and a dual-core Mali-T720 graphics processor. RAM sits at 1.5GB.
In our experience, this combination will serve any but the most discerning and demanding users greatly. General interface navigation is fluid and response times are fast enough as to be tolerable. For those of us looking to do some casual gaming every now and then, be sure that the Xperia E5 is perfectly up to the task, managing even somewhat heavier titles without too much trouble. Triple AAA titles heavy on visuals, however, tend to be too much on the GPU and frame rate suffers noticeably.
As for storage, you're limited to 16GB, of which about 10GB are available to you to store files. If that's insufficient (likely), you can expand through a microSD card.
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 32392.33
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 28513
Sony Xperia E4g 32877.6
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 36116.66
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 987.66
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 988.66
Sony Xperia E4g 971.66
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 1043.33
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 2626.66
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 2076
Sony Xperia E4g 2695.33
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 2793
JetStream Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 19.728
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 17.261
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 21.552
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 15
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 9.33
Sony Xperia E4g 26
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 20
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 6
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 3.9
Sony Xperia E4g 13
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 8.4
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 583
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 555.66
Sony Xperia E4g 659.33
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 630.66
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 538
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 475.33
Sony Xperia E4g 737
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 700.33
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Sony Xperia E5 1440.33
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 1431.66
Sony Xperia E4g 2176
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 2157
Internet and connectivity
This being a European model, US LTE support is sporadic at best.
Unlike the likes of Samsung, Sony relegates browsing activities to Google's Chrome client, ensuring consistent experience and built-in synchronization with its desktop equivalent—a neat, but often under-appreciated extra. You can expect adequate navigational fluidity when surfing around the web, though occasional frame drops with heavier sites are there.
On the connectivity front, expect the usual—nano SIM with access to LTE networks, Bluetooth 4.1, dual-band (5GHz) Wi-Fi, as well as NFC. This being a European model, you get full LTE coverage with local carriers, but US support is rather lacking. Band 2 (and Band 2) is available, meaning you'll get some reception with everyone but Sprint.
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- Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2300 mAh(9.5h 3G talk time)