Sony has also announced a budget smartphone model at IFA 2014 called the Xperia E3 (D22XX). The phone features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) IPS display with durable tempered glass, but supports only two-finger multi-touch. It has a 218 PPI pixel density.
In terms of design, the large bezels immediately stick out. The Xperia E3 has a screen-to-phone ratio of 58.67%, which is pretty poor. The corners of the Xperia E3 have been designed to prevent nicks and colour chipping in case of an unexpected bump.
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset (MSM8926-2 or MSM8226-2) with 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 305 graphics. Other hardware specs include 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage (1.7GB usable), microSD memory card support and a 2330mAh battery. It comes with a 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera.
The handset includes a ’shake to start’ app, letting you customise shortcuts to any app. For example, with a simple flick of the wrist, you can launch Google Maps.
The Xperia E3 has dimensions of 137.1 x 69.4 x 8.5 mm and weighs 143.8 grams. The phone will launch in four colours including Black, White, Lime and Copper with Android 4.4 KitKat later this autumn. A dual SIM variant will also be available.
Xperia E3 press photos