Sony has two fairly well defined lines of smartphones. Their Xperia Z smartphones and tablets represent their flagship Android devices, while their Xperia E line targets a more budget oriented market. Sony launched their Xperia E3 in September of last year, around the same time as the announcement of the Xperia Z3. Now, not even six months later, Sony is announcing the successor to the Xperia E3, the E4. From a purely aesthetic point of view, the Xperia E4 is larger and thicker than the E3, but has significantly smaller bezels surround the display. This means that the size of the device does not increase as much as one would expect from a shift to a 5" display from a 4.5" one. Moving past aesthetics, the specifications of the Xperia E4 have been laid out below.

Sony Xperia E4
SoC MediaTek MT6582 1.3GHz 4 x Cortex-A7 + Mali-400MP2
Memory and Storage 8GB NAND + MicroSDXC, 1GB RAM
Display 5" qHD (960x540) IPS LCD
Cellular Connectivity 2G / 3G (21.1Mbps HSPA+)
Dimensions 137 x 74.6 x 10.5 mm, 144g
Camera 5 MP Rear Facing, 2MP Front Facing
Battery 2300 mAh
Other Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n + BT 4.1, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS
SIM Size MicroSIM (Dual SIM SKU available)
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat

As you can see, the specifications of the Xperia E4 are strictly in the lower end of the mid-range. Unlike the Xperia E3 where Sony opted to use a Snapdragon 400 SoC in their mid-range phone, Sony has used MediaTek's MT6582 in the Xperia E4. MT6582 is a quad core Cortex-A7 part with a peak frequency of 1.3GHz paired with ARM's Mali-400MP2 GPU. Looking beyond the SoC, the other internal specifications of the Xperia E4 include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of NAND with MicroSD support, and a 2300mAh battery. Some of these specifications may be outclassed by other smartphones at the higher end of the mid-range segment, and so pricing will definitely be a key factor in making the Xperia E4 appealing to potential buyers.

On the back of the device we have a 5MP camera, and on the front we have a 2MP camera. The front is also home to a 5" 960x540 IPS display. Sony's effort to put in an IPS panel is definitely appreciated, but in 2015 a display with a pixel density of 220pi may be a hard sell when there's competition from devices like the Motorola Moto G with smaller display sizes and higher resolution. However, this again comes down to pricing. If Sony prices the Xperia E4 accordingly, then they should have no trouble making sales in their target market.

On the connectivity side, there's no LTE support to be seen. Network speeds max out at 21.1Mbps downstream and 5.76Mbps upstream on HSPA. There is support for Bluetooth 4.1, but WiFi connectivity is limited to 2.4GHz 802.11n. Like many mid-range devices, the Xperia E4 will come in a dual-SIM variant in certain markets where that feature is desired.

The Xperia E4 will be launching later this month in certain markets. There's currently no word on pricing or availability in North America.

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  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - link

    Definitely at the low end, it'll need to be around $150 or less to be relevant. The SoC is quite weak (a $5 jobbie at best) and whilst the screen is large and IPS, the resolution is going to jar people unless they're coming from a two/three year old low-end phone.

    Still, it's probably better than most phones of three years ago, so always good to keep things in perspective.
  • josephnero - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - link

    it all comes down to the price.they should put it on par or lower than moto E
    also off topic but i would love to see flagship Z series reviews by anandtech
  • bretpowell - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - link

    I definitely agree. And in my opinion, Motorola should be producing more high end phones like the Moto G, highly rated (see ranking for example...) instead.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - link

    so, we have a phone with a sub 720p screen, a mediatek chipset, and no android 5. I can sort of understand the no android 5 if it was a little buggy, but no HD screen and mediatek? not saying resolution is everything, but under 720p kinda cripples the idea of quality video on the screen. and seriously, why mediatek? this thing is gonna be a tough sell with the moto g around.
  • blck_brd - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - link

    Just checked the specifications on the Sony Mobile page, an Adreno 330 (?) is listed just as Lollipop, the only terrible thing is the resolution.
  • Zizy - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - link

    Reminds me of Lumia 535, even specs are reasonably close. Cheap large phone. Boring, but it brings $$$. At least if Sony doesn't price themselves out of the market by setting price too close to Moto G.
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - link

    2015 and still Cortex A7?

    Every mid/low end phone should have at min 4 A53 cores. Mediatek sells them for few pennies more.
  • LuckyWhale - Sunday, February 22, 2015 - link

    MediaTek MT6582 does not have an internal LTE modem. Most probably this phone doesn't support 4G.

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