Mobile World Congress may only be a few weeks away, but Sony just couldn’t wait until then to introduce us to its newest Xperia smartphone.
The Sony Xperia E4 features a 5-inch 960×540 IPS display on its face, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor and 1GB of RAM at its heart, and 8GB of storage that can be expanded upon with its microSD card slot. Sony plans to offer single SIM and dual SIM versions, both of which will offer HSPA+ connectivity.
One focus of many of Sony’s smartphones are their cameras, and the Xperia E4 is no different. It’s got a 5-megapixel shooter on its rear that can utilize all kinds of special Sony features like Timeshift Burst, Sound Photo, Live on YouTube, Social Live, Portrait Retouch, and more. Meanwhile, there’s a 2-megapixel shooter on the E4’s face that utilize Sony’s dedicated selfie app.
Another big feature of the Xperia E4 is its camera. Sony has crammed a 2300mAh battery into the E4, which the company claims will last for two days. If that’s not quite long enough, you can turn on Ultra STAMINA Mode to toggle off all but the core features of the phone and extend its life up to a full week.
Finally, Sony has included some audio goodies with the E4. Those include xLoud, ClearAudio+, ClearBass, and the PartyShare app, the last of which is meant to make sharing music and photos with friends super easy.
The Sony Xperia E4 will launch in mid-February with Android 4.4.4 KitKat in tow. International customers will be able to pick up this handset in either black or white. Overall the phone looks like it’s got a design that’s more rounded than some of Sony’s other Xperia smartphones, which could help it to fit a bit more nicely in the hand. Sony also points out that the E4’s also got some premium-tier features on its body, like an aluminum power button and stainless steel camera ring.