Sony Xperia E4

The Sony  Xperia E4 is a 137 x 74.6 x 10.5 mm smartphone with a 5 inch screen designed for ease of use and long lasting battery life. This page offers a brief Xperia E4 review, an outline of the features and specs of the device.

 

Sony Xperia E4

Features

The Sony Xperia E4 has some pretty neat features which we will take a look at below. One of the selling points of the device is the fact that it is touted as one of the easiest smartphones to use. The Xperia E4 also offers quick access to applications based on user interactions. The device is also capable of adjusting its settings while taking photos to adapt to the current scenery.

The "Quick Fix" option allows you to change the settings of the device faster by simply clicking on the notification bar and selecting the "Quick Fix" option. And, with Xperia Transfer, users can move data from one Android, iOS or Blackberry device to the Xperia E4 quickly and hassle-free. You can move pictures, contacts, bookmarks, videos, apps, music and more in a few simple clicks.

Design

The Sony Xperia E4 offers a premium feel and has that distinctive design that most Sony Smartphones have. The Xerpia E4 is thin and has an OmniBalanced curved shape. The Xperia E4 is comfortable in the hand and the screen is scratch resistant.

The power button made from diamond cut aluminum adds to the premium feel of the device and a stainless steel ring borders the camera. The casing covers the entire back and sides, which are rounded and merge with the glass screen in the front, similar to the design of the iPhone. The housing is made ​​of plastic with a matte finish and Sony ensures that there will be more models available. The device itself comes in 2 colors; black and white. Of course, users can customize the device with their own personal cases and themes.

For further customization users can improve entertainment elements by adding their own headphones or speakers as the device is compatible with most Bluetooth wireless accessories.

Sony Xperia E4

Video: Sony Xerpia E4 Unboxing

 

Screen

Large screens have been democratized and now we find that both high-end mobile devices as well as devices basic as the Sony Xperia E4 are equipped with larger screens though always with the handicap of having a lower resolution (in the case of low end mobile devices). For the Xperia E4, there is a five-inch IPS panel. The resolution is QHD, which results in a distribution of 960 x 540 pixels and 220 pixels per inch density. The IPS technology ensures sharpness and viewing angles up to 178 degrees. Sony protected the screen with a sheet of scratch-resistant glass.

Camera

The  Sony Xperia E4 has a couple of simple cameras in terms of hardware, but complete in functions. The main camera, located at the rear, has a resolution of five megapixels, so it allows taking photos of 2,592 x 1.9744 pixels. carries an LED flash built for low light photos and records videos in FullHD 1080p.

Sony includes several special functions to achieve different effects and results. You can do a quick blast with Timeshift Burst and choose the best moment captured, add video effects or make a panoramic sweep function Sweep Panorama. It also has automatic scene recognition, image stabilizer, geo-tagging and mode for HDR photos. The front camera is two megapixels and can record video in HD720p. Not the best when compared to other Sony smartphones like the Sony Xperia C4.

Multimedia

The Sony Xperia E4 is ready to play /display a variety of music, video and common images formats. Furthermore Sony includes its Walkman player, FM radio with RDS and various sound enhancements including  xLOUD and filter Clear Audio +. The device comes with PartyShare installed as standard, an application for sharing music easily.

Performance

The Sony Xperia E4 is a simple smartphone, hence it has a Mediatek processor, standard equipment in this range. The chip in question has four cores, running at 1.3 GHz and is supported by 1 GB of RAM. With this configuration and the new routine ART Android 5.0 Lollipop, device performance should be fluid, but if you use applications or games that demand a lot of resources, the system will slow down.

Memory

The internal memory of the Sony Xperia E4 is 8Gb, but barring that which the system and native applications  occupy we will be left with about 5 GB. With this capability, the use of a card MicroSD (up to 32 Gb ) is practically mandatory.

Sony Xperia E4

Operating system

The Sony Xperia E4 comes standard with Android 5.0 Lollipop, a Google operating system that brings a good set of new features, both in design and functionality. The interface is more clear and intuitive, with smooth animations and better differentiated elements. The system of notifications is more advanced and now allows us to read or discard alerts from the lock screen. It also carries several safety features within the package, Smart Lock and guest mode to maintain privacy.

Apps

The Xperia E4 comes with all Google services pre-installed, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Maps or Google Calendar among others.   Sony also adds some features like PlayStation certificate or Xperia Transfer. And of course, there are several million apps on the Play Store.

Connectivity

The  Sony Xperia E4 has a simple profile of connections, but it provides the functions needed to access the Internet, use location services, share files or use accessories.The mobile connection is 3G , which means the system can share WiFi hotspot. It also connects to WiFi networks and comes with standard WiFi Direct, which allows you to transfer data from one computer to another. GPS , a wireless Bluetooth port,headphones and microUSB for charging the battery. Sony has confirmed that there will be a Sony Xperia E4 Dual SIM, but only sold in some markets. (Read: Fix: Sony Xperia E4 not connecting to Wi-Fi)

Battery

Perhaps one of the best feature of the Xperia E4 is its battery,  which according to Sony allows up to two days in a row playing music. The battery has a 2.300 milliamp capacity and has the Ultra-Stamina saving mode. With this feature you can get the device to last about one week using basic functions.The company also says that it offers a range of nearly thirteen hours of talk time and nearly seven hours when playing videos. Of curse, if you're looking to extend your battery life, you can read our how to Fix: Sony Xperia E4Battery Drain/Overheating tutorial.

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Release Date

The Sony Xperia E4 hit stores in March, 2015.

Price

The Sony Xperia E4 price in India sits at Rs. 12,490 which is about $200 state side.

Review

Sony offers an interesting proposal accompanied by a competitive price. The Sony Xperia E4 is a smartphone with  simple hardware, but more than enough to allow us to perform common tasks. It has 4G connectivity and its processor is rather modest, but has the advantage of coming standard with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which makes the system go smoother. We emphasize its large display with qHD resolution, its rounded design lines and of camera functions. 

Specs

Sony Xperia E4 specifications review:

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bandsHSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - E2104
HSDPA 900 / 2100 - E2105
SpeedHSPA 21.1/5.76 Mbps
GPRSUp to 107 kbps
EDGEUp to 296 kbps
LAUNCHAnnounced2015, February
StatusAvailable. Released 2015, March
BODYDimensions137 x 74.6 x 10.5 mm (5.39 x 2.94 x 0.41 in)
Weight144 g (5.08 oz)
SIMMicro-SIM
DISPLAYTypeIPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.0 inches (~67.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution540 x 960 pixels (~220 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes, up to 4 fingers
ProtectionScratch-resistant glass
PLATFORMOSAndroid OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)
ChipsetMediatek MT6582
CPUQuad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
GPUMali-400MP2
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Internal8 GB, 1 GB RAM
CAMERAPrimary5 MP, 2560 х 1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video[email protected], check quality
Secondary2 MP, 720p
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv4.1, A2DP, apt-X
GPSYes, with A-GPS
RadioFM radio with RDS
USBmicroUSB v2.0
FEATURESSensorsAccelerometer, proximity
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
BrowserHTML
JavaNo
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Xvid/MP4/H.265(market dependent) player
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA/Flac player
- Document viewer
- Photo/video editor
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 696 h (2G) / Up to 653 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 12 h (2G) / Up to 12 h 40 min (3G)
Music playUp to 48 h
MISCColorsBlack, White
Price group3/10
TESTSPerformanceBasemark OS II: 333 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 388
Basemark X: 1705
DisplayContrast ratio: 967 (nominal), 1.467(sunlight)
CameraPhoto / Video
LoudspeakerVoice 61dB / Noise 58dB / Ring 64dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 88h

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