Sony launched a few new phones at IFA Berlin earlier this year – the higher end devices Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact most people are familiar with, but the budget model, the Xperia E3 is a little lesser known. It follows the same look of all Sony Xperias except it does have extremely large bezels, but the rounded metal trim is there and while it may have large bezels, it does feel good to hold. At the original price of $199.99, it was a bit over priced and other devices out there were a better value, but with Expansys’ throwing it out on sale for only $140, it all of a sudden looks pretty attractive.
The Sony Xperia E3 has a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and 218 pixels-per-inch. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and the Adreno 305 GPU. These are coupled with 1GB of RAM and only 4GB of internal memory, although you can add an additional 32GB via a microSD card slot. To power the Xperia E3 is a 2330mAh battery…and it does have a fantastic battery life – a highpoint of the device with its power saving “Stamina Mode.”
Sony, known for their camera quality, only chose to put in a 5MP main shooter, but does include auto-focus and LED flash. The front-facing camera (FFC) is only a VGA, which is the poorest performer, and only good for a selfie, at best. It comes with the usual Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP, NFC compatibility and a microUSB v2.0 port for charging and data transfer. It is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Xperia UI on top. It measures 137.1 x 69.4 x 8.5mm and weighs in 143.8 grams. The Xperia E3 is not the type of device most techies would want as their main driver, but it could fit in nicely as a backup phone, a phone for your parents or older users, as well as a younger kid as their first smartphone. Please hook up with us on our Google+ Page and let us know what you think of the Sony Xperia E3…is this advice that you could see you or your family using…as always, we would love to hear from you.