Sony’s pulled a cat out of the bag ahead of MWC, unveiling the Xperia E4 and E4 Dual side by side as its latest budget duo of handsets.
Each device is targeting quality performance at a low price, pretty much matching every other inexpensive handset’s aims on the mobile market.
There’s a bit of confusion surrounding the Xperia E4’s predecessor right now if we’re being honest. Whilst the name suggests it’s the follow-up to the E3, some of the specs suggest otherwise.
The most notable oddity is the lack of 4G capabilities with the E4, something that the E3 did boast, however, rumours of a 4G variant are circling so it may be a case of waiting for it to rear its head.
The screen size has seen a noticeable bump however, rising from 4.5” to 5”, whilst the resolution has improved to a 540x960 effort.
The addition of a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and a MediaTek chipset should prove to create a faster and more reliable user experience on the E4. Also, with the increase in on-board storage to 8GB, we do get some good upgrades from the E3 overall.
Some components do stick around for another session however, with the likes of the 1GB RAM staying put with the 5 megapixel rear-mounted camera. The front based lens does upgrade from a VGA effort to a 2 megapixel snapper however, but the battery size actually drops from 2330mAh to 2300mAh.
As you may expect, the E4 Dual boasts the same specs as the E4, only with dual-sim capabilities included as well. This version of the device will likely be aimed at emerging markets, where having an extra sim card is more common, rather than in markets like the UK and US.
Also, it was originally mentioned that the E4 would be the very first Sony smartphone to launch with Android Lollipop at the helm, however in Sony’s video promo of the handset it states that it will be KitKat taking the reins. Hopefully Sony will clear this up when it gets a chance, even though it would be more feasible to see the older OS.
Unfortunately, the Japanese company hasn’t been kind enough to give us a set release date and price for either handset.
However, with MWC on the way, we do expect Sony to let slip some of this information then. If we’re lucky enough, the E4 may even launch at the event, meaning you could be able to pick it up when the show ends.
In terms of a price tag, we imagine that you won’t be breaking the bank if you bring the E4 home, with an expected retail price of around £120 sim-free. Contract deals will likely come in with a free handset for approximately £20/month, depending on your tariff of course.
As more news comes out about these upcoming Xperia handsets, we’ll be sure to let you know all about them.
Written by Luke Hatfield