Sony Xperia E5: an everyday performer


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Find out if the Xperia E5 delivers. / © Sony

Sony Xperia E5 price and release date

Sony unveiled this everyday performance device on May 31 at an event in London. According to Sony, the Xperia E5 launches “across select European, Latin American and Middle East & African markets from late June 2016”. There is no information on a US release date but we’ll let you know when we find out more.

The price of the Sony Xperia E5 has not been officially announced. But rumors from a source from Sony Netherlands shows a price of 199 EUR, which comes out to about $220. This is about the price we would expect from a device with these specs and features. We’ll keep you informed about official US pricing when we know more.

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The release date and price for the US is yet unknown. / © Sony

Sony Xperia E5 design

The Sony Xperia E5 has the familiar Xperia design and looks sharp overall. Like with other Sony devices it uses capacitive buttons. The device is average in weight but not heavy coming in 147 g. You can get the phone in black or white.

The Xperia E5 comes with a 5-inch 720p (294 ppi) display. The screen is protected by scratch-resistant glass and allows for multi-touch functionality. The display is not as crisp as the Xperia X released earlier in May which had a screen the same size but with 1080p (441 ppi).

Since the Xperia E5 was not made for high-performance functionality it would have worked better as a compact phone. Sony should have made this a 4.7-inch or lower device and there would be more buzz around it. Instead, it’s just an Xperia X with less features and weaker specs.

The Xperia E5 would've been more exciting if it were 4.7 inches or lower.

What do you think?

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A familiar Sony design from the Xperia E5. / © Sony

Sony Xperia E5 specs

If you’re looking for a device that will perform with taxing games and applications then you should probably go with another Sony device. But, this smartphone will give you the tools to get a clean everyday performance, which is what the Japanese electronics giant promises.

It comes with the quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, which is in the higher end of the mid-range chipset market. It’s backed up with only 1.5 GB RAM but this should be adequate to get the performance necessary for what the phone needs to deliver: an “it just works” experience.

The Xperia E5 comes with 16 GB internal memory on board but can be expanded up to 200 GB with a microSD card. Sony promises up to two full days use from the 2,700 mAh battery. This seems accurate given you can’t really do anything with the device that will necessitate high battery usage. This is due to the processing speed limitations.

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Sony promises to deliver an everyday performance with the E5. / © Sony

Sony Xperia E5 features

The camera system is impressive for a mid-range device. This was to be expected from Sony since it usually delivers quality cameras in its devices. The main camera is 13 MP and comes with auto-focus and HDR photo capabilities. The front camera is 5 MP.

You can shot video in HD at 30 fps. Other camera features include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and panorama. These are excellent camera features but expected from a Sony smartphone.

The Xperia E5 comes with Android Marshmallow right out of the box.

Would you buy an Xperia E5? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

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