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Sony Xperia - E5 Zero Compromise

Sony Xperia - E5 Zero Compromise
Entry-level smartphone market is ruthlessly competitive placing monumental pressure on Sony’s latest budget device, the Xperia E5. Sony was always a premium brand and their focus is to deliver a premium experience no matter how small the budget is. Despite being the cheapest smartphone in Sony’s line-up, Xperia E5 seems more attractive than ever featuring better hardware, classier design, and a 13-megapixel camera. Can it shrug off the tough competition? Let’s find out!

Sony Xperia E5


Xperia E5’s plastic build should come as no surprise given its position, as only the more upmarket phones are able to feature premium materials. We don’t have anything against polycarbonate, particularly if the assembly process is executed correctly. Smartphones sporting an aluminium chassis leave a more satisfactory feel, but plastics have been the staple of smartphone production for the better part of this decade. Sony’s designers weren’t extravagant in their sketches of Xperia E5, implementing old design principles most consumers are familiar with. The company’s rectangular shape provides a solid balance between looks and comfort while retaining excellent structural rigidity. Regardless of your colour choice, the matte finish repels fingerprints in contrast to smooth surfaces. Measuring in at 144 x 69 x 8.2 mm and weighing 147 grams, the phone sits nicely in hand and doesn’t feel like a chore to use for longer periods thanks to that light polycarbonate frame.

 

Sony Xperia E5


Keeping things practical, Xperia E5 features a 5-inch screen producing 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. Its performance is adequate thanks to balanced colours and stellar brightness, allowing for outdoor use without suffering from poor visibility. Although we prefer a larger screen for both entertainment and work, the 5-inch mark is the current equilibrium point for smartphone screens seeing that it’s large enough to enjoy most content without compromising portability. Depending on one’s preference, white balance can be adjusted from the settings menu.

 

Sony Xperia E5


Xperia E5 uses a quad-core Mediatek MT6735 CPU running at 1.3 GHz aided by Mali-T720MP2 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. Benchmarks and real-life testing demonstrated that Mediatek’s hardware can handle everything but the most resource intensive tasks such as highly demanding game titles. Navigating the interface, checking social networks, using a wide variety of apps, making calls, and texting was utterly smooth. Just for fun, we installed a few heavy titles to test performance and the results were unsurprising; casual gamers will be able to run everything except flagship-crushing titles. Android 6.0 Marshmallow represents the software foundation on top of which Sony placed its custom user interface. Unlike previous versions, the new interface feels lighter and nimbler. Unnecessary apps have been discarded leaving a very welcoming vanilla-like Android environment. Storage-wise, Xperia E5 features 16GB of on-board storage and expansion capability via a microSD card.

 

Sony Xperia E5


Striving to deliver more each time, Sony opted for a 13-megapixel main sensor accompanied by a 5-megapixel front sensor. Delivering more pixels than previous generations is definitely a plus, as increasing the amount of detail in photos is a universally welcomed move. How that detail is delivered depends mostly on lighting conditions. Xperia E5 comes equipped with HDR helping deliver optimal photos, however some noise will always be present. Compared to other devices in its class, E5 delivers exceptional photos sacrificing nearly nothing in the process.

Taking everything into account, Sony Xperia E5 proves to be a solid upgrade over the company’s previous generation of budget phones. It comes equipped with capable hardware, a big screen, relatively new version of Android, and a pair of camera sensors that stand out among other budget offerings.
 


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