Those who are looking for a less expensive alternative to Sony's flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, may do well to check out the phone maker's newest budget offering -- the Xperia E4.
The Xperia E4 comes with a big 5-inch display screen with 960 by 540 pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera on the rear side, a 1.3 GigaHertz quad-core processor, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, and a 2,300 mAh battery.
As of this writing, Sony has not yet revealed any pricing information about the Xperia E4. But experts are expecting the device to be offered around the $150 price range. Also, no word yet on which countries the handset will be made available.
Although Xperia E4's 5-inch display screen makes it fall under the phablet category, its plastic and rounded back design may give the impression that it is more of a handy device compared to large-screened smartphones. For now, the device is available only in black or white color editions.
Because of its 960 by 540 pixel resolution, the Sony Xperia E4 gets a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch (ppi). That may not be much, but since this is a low-priced mobile device, it is a fair number.
Xperia E4's 5-megapixel camera comes with features that include an HDR function, multiple scene modes, and even settings that allow for panoramic views and burst shots.
On to the hardware specs. The 1.3 GigaHertz quad-core chip set is supported with 1 gigabyte of random access memory (RAM), and 8 gigabytes of internal storage, but only 5 gigabytes are actually usable (the rest is utilized by the Android software. However, the device does come with a microSD card slot, which can accept memory cards of up to 32 gigabytes.
1 gigabyte of RAM is hardly manageable for games or apps with extensive computing power requirements, but it should be sufficient for text messaging,social media, Internet browsing, and even photo editing.
As for its 2,300 mAh battery, Sony claims that users can get a couple of days use out of the Xperia E4. That will vary, of course, on how active the owner is in using the device.
When it comes to its software, the Sony Xperia E4 comes pre-installed with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. That may not be the most recent version of the Android operating system (that would be Android 5.0 Lollipop), but it is still a decent system. Besides, even Sony's flagship Xperia Z3 does not have Lollipop yet, so that makes the Xperia E4 pretty competitive still.
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