Remember our article from yesterday about the leaked renders of the Sony Xperia E4? We wondered when the phone might go official, with MWC being a very probable option, but it looks like our estimates were way off. It turns out that we won’t have to wait that long. Actually, we don’t have to wait at all, since Sony has just launched the Xperia E4 together with a dual-SIM companion called Xperia E4 Dual.
Sony Xperia E4 and E4 Dual – What’s new.
As expected, Sony indeed refreshed the design; however, the actual Sony Xperia E4 differs slightly from the leaked renders in the appearance of the front-facing camera. Keep in mind, though, that the images that surfaced yesterday show devices carrying model numbers E2105 and E2115, while model numbers of the phones announced today are E2003 and E2033.
Anyway, it appears that speculations regarding the specs were spot on. As rumored, the new Xperia E4 is larger that its predecessor – the screen grew to 5-inches and is covered by scratch-resistant glass. Not only is the display bigger, but it also offers higher resolution of 960×540 pixels. The phone comes with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor of unknown type and make, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory which is double the storage the E3 has, plus there is microSD slot for memory expansion up to 32GB.
The main camera still shoots photos at 5 megapixels, like the E3; however, resolution of the selfie camera was bumped from VGA to 2 megapixels. Other features include a 2,300 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi with hotspot functionality, Sony 3D Surround Sound technology, xLoud Experience and FM Radio with RDS. The E4 Dual is identical to the regular model in terms of specs, except for the fact that it supports two SIMs at the same time. Both phones run Android 5.0 Lollipop.
We have to admit that Sony surprised us a little by making the E4 official today. We knew that the phone would be coming soon, we just didn’t expect that it could be that soon, especially since the E3 is barely 5 months old. So far Sony hasn’t released any details regarding availability and pricing, but since the E4 is obviously a lower-end phone, it should be pretty affordable.