Sony Xperia E4 review

From a design point of view, this phone is nothing special (apart from one button) and looks like hundreds of other Android smartphones with rounded edges.

There is a five-inch display on the front side, above it is a front camera eye, light and proximity sensors, and a light indicator. Below it is a speaking microphone.

On the left is the microUSB connector, on the right is the power button and volume rocker. Both keys have a short press with a characteristic click. The power button has inherited the corporate design from Sony, this is the only detail (except for the logo) that outwardly distinguishes the device from the background of most competitors. The location of both keys is convenient, your thumb rests directly on the power button. However, sometimes when you take the device with your left hand, you accidentally hit the rocker.

You can see the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and the strap hole in the bottom right corner.

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There is a main 5 MP camera and an external speaker on the back. It has an average volume level, but you will hear a call in a noisy place. The back cover itself is made of matte plastic, slightly rough to the touch. The material is tactilely pleasant and very practical.

The lid is removable, but it is very difficult to remove, for this you need to pry it with your fingernail around any corner. A non-removable battery is hidden under it, as well as slots for a microSD memory card and a microSIM SIM card. By the way, there is also a version of the device with two SIM cards, if you notice, in our sample the second slot was simply sealed.

Due to the rigid design of the back cover, there are no backlashes or gaps in the device.

Dimensions

< /tr>
Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Sony Xperia E4 137 74.6 10.9 144
Huawei Honor 4c 143.3 71.9 8.8 162
Apple iPhone 6 138.1 67 6.9 129
Asus Zenfone 5 Lite 148.2 72.8 10.8 160
Lenovo Vibe X 144 71 6.9 120

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

The device is slightly lower than most competitors, but at the same time a little wider and thicker, but 20 grams lighter. The thickness of E4 is especially well felt, the rest of the parameters, in my opinion, are within the normal range.

It is convenient to hold it with one hand, but for comfortable use you will need both, otherwise there is a risk of dropping your smartphone.

Screen

< /tr>
Characteristic Value
Screen diagonal 5 inches
Display resolution 960x540 dots
PPI value 220
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Not available
Auto brightness control Present
Multi-touch support Present, up to four simultaneous touches

The first thing that all major brands save on in state employees is the display. And Sony here, unfortunately, are no exception. The technical characteristics of the screen are in front of your eyes, so I will immediately move on to commenting.

Let's start with the fact that qHD-resolution is still not enough for a five-inch display. However, Sony chose the fonts very well, so I personally did not notice any graininess, even on the battery icon, in which the numbers are quite small.

Although an IPS matrix is ​​used here, it feels like one of the cheap modifications has been chosen. At right angles, the image looks good, but if you rotate the device at different angles, the picture just fades and fades. Of course, this problem is partly due to the air gap between the display and the glass.

There is no oleophobic coating, and this is also a minus. The device is difficult to wipe off from fingerprints, and the finger slides very poorly on the display surface.

But the range of maximum-minimum brightness pleased me. Despite the fact that under direct sunlight the information is not very visible, it still remains readable. And the minimum brightness is sufficient for comfortable reading.

Of the additional functions, I note the ability to adjust the white balance on the screen and the backlight control function.

Operating system

The device runs on Android 4.4.4 with a proprietary shell from Sony. I have enjoyed using it. In my opinion, it is quite thoughtful and convenient. We already had a detailed review of the Xperia UI, those who wish can read it at the link below.

Performance

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I often see this chipset in budget devices, and it does its job well even at higher resolutions. In most tasks, the Xperia E4 "flies", and its speed is at a comfortable level.

The exceptions are the most productive games (they run on medium / low settings) and the built-in keyboard. Apparently, the company under-optimized something, but this keyboard does not work very fast, so I recommend replacing it with a third-party solution.

Work offline

Characteristic Value
Chipset MediaTek MT6582
Processor Quad-core, 1.3 GHz
Video accelerator Mali-400
RAM 1 GB
Internal storage capacity 8 GB (5.8 GB available)
Memory card available Present, hot-swappable
Characteristic Value
Battery capacity 2300 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, lithium-ion
Hours of HD video playback at maximum brightness ( airplane mode on) 6 hours 38 minutes
Running time in reading mode at 30% brightness (airplane mode on) 13 hours 22 minutes

To be honest, in terms of battery life, I did not expect any miracles, and in vain. With my mode of use in half a day, the smartphone was discharged only by 20%, which is already surprising (about an hour of screen activity). And this despite the fact that I did not even turn on the Stamina mode. One light day E4 will work accurately, and with not the most active use, it will last even two days perfectly.

Camera

The resolution of the main camera is 5 MP, the front camera is 2 MP. There is an LED flash. The quality of the pictures is rather mediocre, low detail and white balance, plus the smartphone shoots slowly, shooting takes 2-3 seconds. Low-light shots also look bad. Here is a short commentary by Roman Belykh on the camera.

  • Most of the photos have their white balance set to warm tones.
  • Extremely low detail - weak module, weak optics with an aperture of F2.6.
  • In low light, aggressive noise reduction is activated, the photo turns into a pixelated mess.

Below are examples of pictures and videos on the main camera. By the way, the maximum video resolution is 1080p, 30 fps.

Wireless interfaces

Interface Presence
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n, Wi-Fi Direct is supported
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.1, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP and aptX
GPS Cold start takes about six seconds
Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G
USB On-The-Go None

Of the pleasant features, I would like to note support for Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX, as well as a very fast cold start of the GPS module, which is not typical for MediaTek chipsets. But the lack of USB-OTG was an unpleasant surprise.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission. You and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

Three variants of this model are sold in retail at once:

  • Sony Xperia E4, standard model, average price - from 9,200 rubles,
  • Sony Xperia E4g, model with LTE support based on MediaTek MT8732 chipset, average price - from 10,300 rubles,
  • Sony Xperia E4 Dual, average price - from 9,000 rubles.

Initially, I was quite skeptical about this model: “Expensive, expensive, expensive! And there is no oleophobic coating!” But after using it for a while, I began to notice some positives, such as the speed of the smartphone (except for the keyboard and camera) and long battery life. However, E4 has quite a few competitors, and they are all very serious.

Asus ZenFone 5. The price of this bestseller has fallen again, and now it is quite possible to find it for 10,000-11,000 rubles. The ZenFone has a better display, an oleophobic coating, and a much better camera.

Huawei Honor 4c. New from Huawei boasts a higher resolution display and camera, and this model is also a little thinner. By the way, the oleophobic coating in Honor 4c is present, however, according to Roman Belykh, it is rather weak.

Xiaomi Redmi 2. If the brand is not so important to you, then you can look towards Redmi 2 from Xiaomi. This model runs MIUI v6, has HD resolution, support for two SIM cards and LTE, while you can find it here for 8,000 rubles.

Effire A7. I tested this smartphone for our promotional article, but I really liked it. For the same 10,000 rubles, you get support for two SIM cards, LTE, a high-quality display with an oleophobic coating, HD resolution and no air gap, a fast camera and a separate capture button.

Lenovo Vibe X. This smartphone can now only be found in stores selling "gray" technology. But with them it costs only 8,000 rubles, which, in my opinion, is a chic price for FHD resolution, the absence of an air gap, as well as the small thickness and weight of a smartphone. But in terms of speed, Vibe X is inferior to Xperia E4, this is important.

Perhaps Sony's main advantages over these competitors are long battery life and, of course, the brand. Otherwise, all four competitors look more attractive than E4.

Sony Xperia E4 review

From a design point of view, this phone is nothing special (apart from one button) and looks like hundreds of other Android smartphones with rounded edges.

There is a five-inch display on the front side, above it is a front camera eye, light and proximity sensors, and a light indicator. Below it is a speaking microphone.

On the left is the microUSB connector, on the right is the power button and volume rocker. Both keys have a short press with a characteristic click. The power button has inherited the corporate design from Sony, this is the only detail (except for the logo) that outwardly distinguishes the device from the background of most competitors. The location of both keys is convenient, your thumb rests directly on the power button. However, sometimes when you take the device with your left hand, you accidentally hit the rocker.

You can see the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and the strap hole in the bottom right corner.

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There is a main 5 MP camera and an external speaker on the back. It has an average volume level, but you will hear a call in a noisy place. The back cover itself is made of matte plastic, slightly rough to the touch. The material is tactilely pleasant and very practical.

The lid is removable, but it is very difficult to remove, for this you need to pry it with your fingernail around any corner. A non-removable battery is hidden under it, as well as slots for a microSD memory card and a microSIM SIM card. By the way, there is also a version of the device with two SIM cards, if you notice, in our sample the second slot was simply sealed.

Due to the rigid design of the back cover, there are no backlashes or gaps in the device.

Dimensions

< /tr>
Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Sony Xperia E4 137 74.6 10.9 144
Huawei Honor 4c 143.3 71.9 8.8 162
Apple iPhone 6 138.1 67 6.9 129
Asus Zenfone 5 Lite 148.2 72.8 10.8 160
Lenovo Vibe X 144 71 6.9 120

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

The device is slightly lower than most competitors, but at the same time a little wider and thicker, but 20 grams lighter. The thickness of E4 is especially well felt, the rest of the parameters, in my opinion, are within the normal range.

It is convenient to hold it with one hand, but for comfortable use you will need both, otherwise there is a risk of dropping your smartphone.

Screen

< /tr>
Characteristic Value
Screen diagonal 5 inches
Display resolution 960x540 dots
PPI value 220
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Not available
Auto brightness control Present
Multi-touch support Present, up to four simultaneous touches

The first thing that all major brands save on in state employees is the display. And Sony here, unfortunately, are no exception. The technical characteristics of the screen are in front of your eyes, so I will immediately move on to commenting.

Let's start with the fact that qHD-resolution is still not enough for a five-inch display. However, Sony chose the fonts very well, so I personally did not notice any graininess, even on the battery icon, in which the numbers are quite small.

Although an IPS matrix is ​​used here, it feels like one of the cheap modifications has been chosen. At right angles, the image looks good, but if you rotate the device at different angles, the picture just fades and fades. Of course, this problem is partly due to the air gap between the display and the glass.

There is no oleophobic coating, and this is also a minus. The device is difficult to wipe off from fingerprints, and the finger slides very poorly on the display surface.

But the range of maximum-minimum brightness pleased me. Despite the fact that under direct sunlight the information is not very visible, it still remains readable. And the minimum brightness is sufficient for comfortable reading.

Of the additional functions, I note the ability to adjust the white balance on the screen and the backlight control function.

Operating system

The device runs on Android 4.4.4 with a proprietary shell from Sony. I have enjoyed using it. In my opinion, it is quite thoughtful and convenient. We already had a detailed review of the Xperia UI, those who wish can read it at the link below.

Performance

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I often see this chipset in budget devices, and it does its job well even at higher resolutions. In most tasks, the Xperia E4 "flies", and its speed is at a comfortable level.

The exceptions are the most productive games (they run on medium / low settings) and the built-in keyboard. Apparently, the company under-optimized something, but this keyboard does not work very fast, so I recommend replacing it with a third-party solution.

Offline work

Characteristic Value
Chipset MediaTek MT6582
Processor Quad-core, 1.3 GHz
Video accelerator Mali-400
RAM 1 GB
Internal storage capacity 8 GB (5.8 GB available)
Memory card available Present, hot-swappable
Characteristic Value
Battery capacity 2300 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, lithium-ion
Hours of HD video playback at maximum brightness ( airplane mode on) 6 hours 38 minutes
Running time in reading mode at 30% brightness (airplane mode on) 13 hours 22 minutes

To be honest, in terms of battery life, I did not expect any miracles, and in vain. With my mode of use in half a day, the smartphone was discharged only by 20%, which is already surprising (about an hour of screen activity). And this despite the fact that I did not even turn on the Stamina mode. One light day E4 will work accurately, and with not the most active use, it will last even two days perfectly.

Camera

The resolution of the main camera is 5 MP, the front camera is 2 MP. There is an LED flash. The quality of the pictures is rather mediocre, low detail and white balance, plus the smartphone shoots slowly, shooting takes 2-3 seconds. Low-light shots also look bad. Here is a short commentary by Roman Belykh on the camera.

  • Most of the photos have their white balance set to warm tones.
  • Extremely low detail - weak module, weak optics with an aperture of F2.6.
  • In low light, aggressive noise reduction is activated, the photo turns into a pixelated mess.

Ниже – примеры снимков и видео на основную камеру. К слову, максимальное разрешение видеосъемки — 1080р, 30 к/с.

Wireless interfaces

Interface Presence
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n, Wi-Fi Direct is supported
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.1, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP and aptX
GPS Cold start takes about six seconds
Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G
USB On-The-Go None

Of the pleasant features, I would like to note support for Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX, as well as a very fast cold start of the GPS module, which is not typical for MediaTek chipsets. But the lack of USB-OTG was an unpleasant surprise.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission. You and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

Three variants of this model are sold in retail at once:

  • Sony Xperia E4, standard model, average price - from 9,200 rubles,
  • Sony Xperia E4g, model with LTE support based on MediaTek MT8732 chipset, average price - from 10,300 rubles,
  • Sony Xperia E4 Dual, average price - from 9,000 rubles.

Initially, I was quite skeptical about this model: “Expensive, expensive, expensive! And there is no oleophobic coating!” But after using it for a while, I began to notice some positives, such as the speed of the smartphone (except for the keyboard and camera) and long battery life. However, E4 has quite a few competitors, and they are all very serious.

Asus ZenFone 5. The price of this bestseller has fallen again, and now it is quite possible to find it for 10,000-11,000 rubles. The ZenFone has a better display, an oleophobic coating, and a much better camera.

Huawei Honor 4c. New from Huawei boasts a higher resolution display and camera, and this model is also a little thinner. By the way, the oleophobic coating in Honor 4c is present, however, according to Roman Belykh, it is rather weak.

Xiaomi Redmi 2. If the brand is not so important to you, then you can look towards Redmi 2 from Xiaomi. This model runs MIUI v6, has HD resolution, support for two SIM cards and LTE, while you can find it here for 8,000 rubles.

Effire A7. I tested this smartphone for our promotional article, but I really liked it. For the same 10,000 rubles, you get support for two SIM cards, LTE, a high-quality display with an oleophobic coating, HD resolution and no air gap, a fast camera and a separate capture button.

Lenovo Vibe X. This smartphone can now only be found in stores selling "gray" technology. But with them it costs only 8,000 rubles, which, in my opinion, is a chic price for FHD resolution, the absence of an air gap, as well as the small thickness and weight of a smartphone. But in terms of speed, Vibe X is inferior to Xperia E4, this is important.

Perhaps Sony's main advantages over these competitors are long battery life and, of course, the brand. Otherwise, all four competitors look more attractive than E4.

Sony Xperia E4 review

From a design point of view, this phone is nothing special (apart from one button) and looks like hundreds of other Android smartphones with rounded edges.

There is a five-inch display on the front side, above it is a front camera eye, light and proximity sensors, and a light indicator. Below it is a speaking microphone.

On the left is the microUSB connector, on the right is the power button and volume rocker. Both keys have a short press with a characteristic click. The power button has inherited the corporate design from Sony, this is the only detail (except for the logo) that outwardly distinguishes the device from the background of most competitors. The location of both keys is convenient, your thumb rests directly on the power button. However, sometimes when you take the device with your left hand, you accidentally hit the rocker.

You can see the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and the strap hole in the bottom right corner.

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There is a main 5 MP camera and an external speaker on the back. It has an average volume level, but you will hear a call in a noisy place. The back cover itself is made of matte plastic, slightly rough to the touch. The material is tactilely pleasant and very practical.

The lid is removable, but it is very difficult to remove, for this you need to pry it with your fingernail around any corner. A non-removable battery is hidden under it, as well as slots for a microSD memory card and a microSIM SIM card. By the way, there is also a version of the device with two SIM cards, if you notice, in our sample the second slot was simply sealed.

Due to the rigid design of the back cover, there are no backlashes or gaps in the device.

Dimensions

< /tr>
Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Sony Xperia E4 137 74.6 10.9 144
Huawei Honor 4c 143.3 71.9 8.8 162
Apple iPhone 6 138.1 67 6.9 129
Asus Zenfone 5 Lite 148.2 72.8 10.8 160
Lenovo Vibe X 144 71 6.9 120

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

The device is slightly lower than most competitors, but at the same time a little wider and thicker, but 20 grams lighter. The thickness of E4 is especially well felt, the rest of the parameters, in my opinion, are within the normal range.

It is convenient to hold it with one hand, but for comfortable use you will need both, otherwise there is a risk of dropping your smartphone.

Screen

< /tr>
Characteristic Value
Screen diagonal 5 inches
Display resolution 960x540 dots
PPI value 220
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Not available
Auto brightness control Present
Multi-touch support Present, up to four simultaneous touches

The first thing that all major brands save on in state employees is the display. And Sony here, unfortunately, are no exception. The technical characteristics of the screen are in front of your eyes, so I will immediately move on to commenting.

Let's start with the fact that qHD-resolution is still not enough for a five-inch display. However, Sony chose the fonts very well, so I personally did not notice any graininess, even on the battery icon, in which the numbers are quite small.

Although an IPS matrix is ​​used here, it feels like one of the cheap modifications has been chosen. At right angles, the image looks good, but if you rotate the device at different angles, the picture just fades and fades. Of course, this problem is partly due to the air gap between the display and the glass.

There is no oleophobic coating, and this is also a minus. The device is difficult to wipe off from fingerprints, and the finger slides very poorly on the display surface.

But the range of maximum-minimum brightness pleased me. Despite the fact that under direct sunlight the information is not very visible, it still remains readable. And the minimum brightness is sufficient for comfortable reading.

Of the additional functions, I note the ability to adjust the white balance on the screen and the backlight control function.

Operating system

The device runs on Android 4.4.4 with a proprietary shell from Sony. I have enjoyed using it. In my opinion, it is quite thoughtful and convenient. We already had a detailed review of the Xperia UI, those who wish can read it at the link below.

Performance

< /tr>

I often see this chipset in budget devices and it does its job well even at higher resolutions. In most tasks, the Xperia E4 "flies", and its speed is at a comfortable level.

The exceptions are the most productive games (they run on medium / low settings) and the built-in keyboard. Apparently, the company under-optimized something, but this keyboard does not work very fast, so I recommend replacing it with a third-party solution.

Work offline

Characteristic Value
Chipset MediaTek MT6582
Processor Quad-core, 1.3 GHz
Video accelerator Mali-400
RAM 1 GB
Internal storage capacity 8 GB (5.8 GB available)
Memory card available Present, hot-swappable
Characteristic Value
Battery capacity 2300 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, lithium-ion
Hours of HD video playback at maximum brightness ( airplane mode on) 6 hours 38 minutes
Running time in reading mode at 30% brightness (airplane mode on) 13 hours 22 minutes

To be honest, in terms of battery life, I did not expect any miracles, and in vain. With my mode of use in half a day, the smartphone was discharged only by 20%, which is already surprising (about an hour of screen activity). And this despite the fact that I did not even turn on the Stamina mode. One light day E4 will work accurately, and with not the most active use, it will last even two days perfectly.

Camera

The resolution of the main camera is 5 MP, the front camera is 2 MP. There is an LED flash. The quality of the pictures is rather mediocre, low detail and white balance, plus the smartphone shoots slowly, shooting takes 2-3 seconds. Low-light shots also look bad. Here is a short commentary by Roman Belykh on the camera.

  • Most of the photos have their white balance set to warm tones.
  • Extremely low detail - weak module, weak optics with an aperture of F2.6.
  • In low light, aggressive noise reduction is activated, the photo turns into a pixelated mess.

Ниже – примеры снимков и видео на основную камеру. К слову, максимальное разрешение видеосъемки — 1080р, 30 к/с.

Wireless interfaces

Interface Presence
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n, Wi-Fi Direct is supported
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.1, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP and aptX
GPS Cold start takes about six seconds
Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G
USB On-The-Go None

Of the pleasant features, I would like to note support for Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX, as well as a very fast cold start of the GPS module, which is not typical for MediaTek chipsets. But the lack of USB-OTG was an unpleasant surprise.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission. You and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

Three variants of this model are sold in retail at once:

  • Sony Xperia E4, standard model, average price - from 9,200 rubles,
  • Sony Xperia E4g, model with LTE support based on MediaTek MT8732 chipset, average price - from 10,300 rubles,
  • Sony Xperia E4 Dual, average price - from 9,000 rubles.

Initially, I was quite skeptical about this model: “Expensive, expensive, expensive! And there is no oleophobic coating!” But after using it for a while, I began to notice some positives, such as the speed of the smartphone (except for the keyboard and camera) and long battery life. However, E4 has quite a few competitors, and they are all very serious.

Asus ZenFone 5. The price of this bestseller has fallen again, and now it is quite possible to find it for 10,000-11,000 rubles. The ZenFone has a better display, an oleophobic coating, and a much better camera.

Huawei Honor 4c. New from Huawei boasts a higher resolution display and camera, and this model is also a little thinner. By the way, the oleophobic coating in Honor 4c is present, however, according to Roman Belykh, it is rather weak.

Xiaomi Redmi 2. If the brand is not so important to you, then you can look towards Redmi 2 from Xiaomi. This model runs MIUI v6, has HD resolution, support for two SIM cards and LTE, while you can find it here for 8,000 rubles.

Effire A7. I tested this smartphone for our promotional article, but I really liked it. For the same 10,000 rubles, you get support for two SIM cards, LTE, a high-quality display with an oleophobic coating, HD resolution and no air gap, a fast camera and a separate capture button.

Lenovo Vibe X. This smartphone can now only be found in stores selling "gray" technology. But with them it costs only 8,000 rubles, which, in my opinion, is a chic price for FHD resolution, the absence of an air gap, as well as the small thickness and weight of a smartphone. But in terms of speed, Vibe X is inferior to Xperia E4, this is important.

Perhaps Sony's main advantages over these competitors are long battery life and, of course, the brand. Otherwise, all four competitors look more attractive than E4.

Sony Xperia E4 review

From a design point of view, this phone is nothing special (apart from one button) and looks like hundreds of other Android smartphones with rounded edges.

There is a five-inch display on the front side, above it is a front camera eye, light and proximity sensors, and a light indicator. Below it is a speaking microphone.

On the left is the microUSB connector, on the right is the power button and volume rocker. Both keys have a short press with a characteristic click. The power button has inherited the corporate design from Sony, this is the only detail (except for the logo) that outwardly distinguishes the device from the background of most competitors. The location of both keys is convenient, your thumb rests directly on the power button. However, sometimes when you take the device with your left hand, you accidentally hit the rocker.

You can see the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and the strap hole in the bottom right corner.

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There is a main 5 MP camera and an external speaker on the back. It has an average volume level, but you will hear a call in a noisy place. The back cover itself is made of matte plastic, slightly rough to the touch. The material is tactilely pleasant and very practical.

The lid is removable, but it is very difficult to remove, for this you need to pry it with your fingernail around any corner. A non-removable battery is hidden under it, as well as slots for a microSD memory card and a microSIM SIM card. By the way, there is also a version of the device with two SIM cards, if you notice, in our sample the second slot was simply sealed.

Due to the rigid design of the back cover, there are no backlashes or gaps in the device.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams) Sony Xperia E4 137 74.6 10.9 144 Huawei Honor 4c 143.3 71.9 8.8 162 Apple iPhone 6 138.1 67 6.9 129 Asus Zenfone 5 Lite 148.2 72.8 10.8 160 Lenovo Vibe X 144 71 6.9 120

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

The device is slightly lower than most competitors, but at the same time a little wider and thicker, but 20 grams lighter. The thickness of E4 is especially well felt, the rest of the parameters, in my opinion, are within the normal range.

It is convenient to hold it with one hand, but for comfortable use you will need both, otherwise there is a risk of dropping your smartphone.

Screen

Characteristic Value Screen diagonal 5 inches Display resolution 960x540 pixels PPI value 220 Matrix type IPS Protective coating Glass Oleophobic coating No Automatic brightness control Yes Multi-touch support Yes, up to four simultaneous touches

The first thing that all major brands save on in state employees is the display. And Sony here, unfortunately, are no exception. The technical characteristics of the screen are in front of your eyes, so I will immediately move on to commenting.

Let's start with the fact that qHD-resolution is still not enough for a five-inch display. However, Sony chose the fonts very well, so I personally did not notice any graininess, even on the battery icon, in which the numbers are quite small.

Although an IPS matrix is ​​used here, it feels like one of the cheap modifications has been chosen. At right angles, the image looks good, but if you rotate the device at different angles, the picture just fades and fades. Of course, this problem is partly due to the air gap between the display and the glass.

There is no oleophobic coating, and this is also a minus. The device is difficult to wipe off from fingerprints, and the finger slides very poorly on the display surface.

But the range of maximum-minimum brightness pleased me. Despite the fact that under direct sunlight the information is not very visible, it still remains readable. And the minimum brightness is sufficient for comfortable reading.

Of the additional functions, I note the ability to adjust the white balance on the screen and the backlight control function.

Operating system

The device runs on Android 4.4.4 with a proprietary shell from Sony. I enjoyed using it with great pleasure. In my opinion, it is quite thoughtful and convenient. We already had a detailed review of the Xperia UI, those who wish can read it at the link below.

Performance

Characteristic Value Chipset MediaTek MT6582 Processor Quad-core, 1.3 GHz Video accelerator Mali-400 RAM 1 GB Internal storage capacity 8 GB (5.8 GB available) Memory card present, there is a "hot swap"

I often see this chipset in budget devices and it does its job well even at higher resolutions. In most tasks, the Xperia E4 "flies", and its speed is at a comfortable level.

The exceptions are the most productive games (they run on medium / low settings) and the built-in keyboard. Apparently, the company under-optimized something, but this keyboard does not work very fast, so I recommend replacing it with a third-party solution.

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Characteristic Value Battery capacity 2300 mAh Battery type Non-removable Li-ion Battery life in HD video mode at maximum brightness (Airplane mode enabled) 6 hours 38 minutes Reading time at 30% brightness (Airplane mode enabled) 13 hours 22 minutes


To be honest, in terms of battery life, I did not expect any miracles, and in vain. With my mode of use in half a day, the smartphone was discharged only by 20%, which is already surprising (about an hour of screen activity). And this despite the fact that I did not even turn on the Stamina mode. One light day E4 will work accurately, and with not the most active use, it will last even two days perfectly.

Camera

The resolution of the main camera is 5 MP, the front camera is 2 MP. There is an LED flash. The quality of the pictures is rather mediocre, low detail and white balance, plus the smartphone shoots slowly, shooting takes 2-3 seconds. Low-light shots also look bad. Here is a short commentary by Roman Belykh on the camera.

  • Most of the photos have their white balance set to warm tones.
  • Extremely low detail - weak module, weak optics with an aperture of F2.6.
  • In low light, aggressive noise reduction is activated, the photo turns into a pixelated mess.

Below are examples of pictures and videos on the main camera. By the way, the maximum video resolution is 1080p, 30 fps.

Wireless interfaces

Interface Wi-Fi available Yes, b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct supported Bluetooth Yes, version 4.1, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP and aptX GPS Cold start takes about six seconds Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G USB On-The-Go No

Of the pleasant features, I would like to note support for Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX, as well as a very fast cold start of the GPS module, which is not typical for MediaTek chipsets. But the lack of USB-OTG was an unpleasant surprise.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission. You and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

Three variants of this model are sold in retail at once:

  • Sony Xperia E4, standard model, average price - from 9,200 rubles,
  • Sony Xperia E4g, model with LTE support based on MediaTek MT8732 chipset, average price - from 10,300 rubles,
  • Sony Xperia E4 Dual, average price - from 9,000 rubles.

Initially, I was quite skeptical about this model: “Expensive, expensive, expensive! And there is no oleophobic coating!” But after using it for a while, I began to notice some positives, such as the speed of the smartphone (except for the keyboard and camera) and long battery life. However, E4 has quite a few competitors, and they are all very serious.

Asus ZenFone 5. The price of this bestseller has dropped again, and now it can be found for 10,000-11,000 rubles. The ZenFone has a better display, an oleophobic coating, and a much better camera.

Huawei Honor 4c. New from Huawei boasts a higher resolution display and camera, and this model is also a little thinner. By the way, the oleophobic coating in Honor 4c is present, however, according to Roman Belykh, it is rather weak.

Xiaomi Redmi 2. If the brand is not so important to you, then you can look towards Redmi 2 from Xiaomi. This model runs MIUI v6, has HD resolution, support for two SIM cards and LTE, while you can find it here for 8,000 rubles.

Effire A7. I tested this smartphone for our promotional article, but I really liked it. For the same 10,000 rubles, you get support for two SIM cards, LTE, a high-quality display with an oleophobic coating, HD resolution and no air gap, a fast camera and a separate capture button.

Lenovo Vibe X. This smartphone can now only be found in stores selling "gray" technology. But with them it costs only 8,000 rubles, which, in my opinion, is a chic price for FHD resolution, the absence of an air gap, as well as the small thickness and weight of a smartphone. But in terms of speed, Vibe X is inferior to Xperia E4, this is important.

Perhaps Sony's main advantages over these competitors are long battery life and, of course, the brand. Otherwise, all four competitors look more attractive than E4.