Sony Xperia E4 Dual Review : Smartphone With Lot of Compromises

210201563211PM_635_sony_xperia_e4_dualSony Xperia E4 dual is a mid-range offering from Sony to take on the competition from the key players of the budget segment like Xiaomi, Asus, Micromax and Motorola. The smartphone comes in the sub-15k budget segment and we will be reviewing to let you know that will be worth buying or not. So let’s get started and take a tour what this smartphone has to offer.

Design and Display
Xperia E4 Dual is not the epitome of perfection from Sony as we have seen many times in past but features a more conventional curved design and slightly raised edges which can be felt when swiping inwards from screen. Though the smartphone offers a nice grip with matte finish back cover and is slightly on the heavier side weighing 144 grams. The smartphones these days are sporting sleek and slim profiles but Xperia E4 Dual is pretty thick at 10.4 mm.

Xperia E4 Dual features a 5 inch IPS LCD qHD (540×960) display and display density or around 220 PPI (pixels per inch). Smartphones nowadays even at much lower prices are featuring HD displays with very nice and wide viewing angles. The viewing angles on this smartphone are not that wide and it definitely do not stand out against the smartphones featuring HD displays. Though the display is brighter and vibrant but the under sun visibility is also not that great. This smartphone would have been a nice offering had Sony equipped it with HD display.

Processor and Memory
Xperia E4 Dual is powered by a quad core MediaTek MT 6582 processor clocking 1.3 GHz coupled with 1 GB of RAM. The smartphone packs in a Mali 400MP2 GPU and the native storage is 8 GB which can be further expanded to 32 GB with micro SD card. Again there is nothing fancy and nothing new that we have not seen in past. Smartphone in sub 10k price segment are sporting much better specification than this one. Sony could have done much better than this.

Software
Xperia E4 Dual runs Android 4.4.4 out of the box with Sony’s custom skin over it. This smartphone comes loaded with many apps making it a little clumsy. Most of the brands are doing away with bloatware as much as possible but looks like Sony is still stuck with the age old tradition of heavily loading the smartphone prior to sale taking away the essence of stock Android.

Camera, Connectivity and Battery
Xperia E4 Dual sports a 5 MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash. Though it is capable of recording full-HD i.e. 1080p videos but honestly it do not lives up to the mark of Sony. It is actually one of the worst cameras on a Sony smartphone, a brand coherent with amazing snappers on its smartphones so far. At front a 2 MP camera is provided for the video calling support and for not so great selfie experience.

Moving on to the connectivity front, the smartphone comes with 3G support on both sims and other than that there is nothing fancy with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro USB and GPS options present. It would have been nice altogether nice if this smartphone featured the 4G connectivity. Xperia E4 Dual comes with a 2300 mAh battery which will keep it running for around 8 to 10 hours on moderate to heavy usage. Stamina mode is available to add some extra minutes when needed.

Verdict
Sony Xperia E4 Dual carries a price tag of Rs 12490 and with this smartphone Sony loses the grounds here. Other better options are available in this price range like HTC 526+ which is packing an Octa-core processor, Yu Yureka and Xiaomi 4G. This smartphone is exclusively for the loyal Xperia fans who do not want to switch to any other brand other than Sony. Finally, this phone certainly has nothing special about it and lacks the wow factor. You can purchase it for slight discounts online.

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