(IFA 2014) Sony Xperia E3
For those of you that thought, “that’s it from Sony? I’ve got a budget yo!”, do not fret. Aside from the high end smartphones and a tablet Sony has not forgotten the mid-tier, budget segment. And as expected from a budget mid-tier smartphone its specs may not be super impressive but they seem good enough. First up, let us clarify that this is not in any way designed to be a waterproof or dust resistant smartphone for the masses. So do not bring this into the swimming pool although it looks much like the waterproof sibling, Xperia Z3. We are guessing that the current lines of Xperia devices would share pretty much the same design language as you can see from the Xperia E3 taking design cues from the waterproof sibling. It will come with four funky colours like the higher end Xperia models too so you can choose your very own look.
Coming down to specs; it is fitted with an IPS display measuring 4.5-inches containing 854 x 480 pixels. Behind the sheet of display you would find that it is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz paired with 1GB of RAM and an older generation Adreno 305 GPU for adequate processing needs of the Android 4.4.4 KitKat on the device. It comes with 4GB internal memory but it is expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB. It comes equipped with the standard array of networking hardware, and impressively 4G LTE. Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi is definitely a standard in this smartphone as expected. Ending everything at the back is a mediocre 5-Megapixel camera supported by a single LED flash and capable of Full HD video recording. The front camera comes in the form of a VGA camera so do not expect super clear selfies or super high resolution photos from this device here. Keeping everything powered is a 2330mAh battery that in practice should last you at least a day.
Overall this device is not as impressive as the Xperia Z3 or the Z3 Compact either. But then again this device is not meant to be competing with those higher end devices. This is a smartphone meant for the masses, a budget smartphone. The hardware fitted into this thing may not be the most powerful or the most impressive but we can tell already from the specs that it is built to function as optimally as possible without breaking your bank. It is also not built to impress anyone or gain any attention, unimpressive but yet works just fine. So we expect that much from this smartphone. If you ask us, a budget device with the kind of specs above? It sounds like a great package and looks like it will perform just as normally. The 4G LTE though is a plus point feature on this device.
Sources: IFA 2014, Sony