Sony Xperia E5, King of Affordability


Xperia Z5

The latest release in Sony’s lineup is also the company cheapest smartphone in 2016, the Xperia E5 respectively. However, the Xperia E5’s very affordable price tag is not apparent from its looks, as it actually resembles the current flagship, the Z5 design wise.

Basically, the Xperia E5 was created for winning  the hearts and minds of Android lovers, playing in the best bang for the buck category and promising to be a best seller, as it has all the attributes of one.

Sony was very busy lately focusing on its X series of smartphones, reinventing itself and what not; but the Xperia E5 can be described using that old expression, “if it ain’t broke, you don’t have to fix it”. And this baby is the ideal all rounder package, an incremental step forward vs the previous gen, offering a great build quality and pretty decent specs considering the Xperia E5’s price bracket.

Don’t expect fancy metal-chassis in this little droid, you won’t find this high-end feature at this price; ok, maybe there are 2-3 relatively obscure companies in mainland China who can pull this off, but the Sony Xperia E5 is made from plastic one hundred percent, there’s no way around it.

However, talking about design and build quality, even if this smartphone has a plasticky look and feeling, you won’t be disappointed by the workmanship, not by a long shot.

The Xperia E5 measures 144 x 69 x 8.2 millimeters and weighs 147 grams, feeling just right in your hand, being very easy to handle and very grippy. Design wise, Sony didn’t try to reinvent the wheel sort to speak, hence the E5 follows the same lines of the former flagship Xperia Z5, being old-school in this department.

Off course, there’s no unibody design at work here, but curiously, the back cover is non removable, hence the battery is also sealed.

The  Xperia Z5 is equipped with a conservative 5 inches wide display, as Sony chose to keep it simple. The matrix is an IPS LCD variety, offering 720p resolution which is more than enough for daily use. The pixel density is also a decent 294ppi, but on the downside of the news, albeit expected given the price tag, the  Xperia Z5 lacks Sony’s proprietary Bravia engine. However, the display is pretty good, with decent contrast and quite bright.

In the connectivity department, the  Xperia Z5 is available in both single and dual SIM versions and it features LTE Cat.4, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, Wi-FI dual band, Miracast and DLNA.

Xperia Z5 1

The battery powering this little droid is a 2700 mAh variety, which is adequate for a five incher, but it’s not user replaceable unfortunately, as the back panel of the smartphone is glued to the chassis. Despite the relatively juicy battery and the low res screen, the  Xperia Z5 comes with an endurance rating of just 47 hours, due to the dated Mediatek chipset which features the old 28 nm build, being relatively power hungry compared to modern SoCs built on 14 nm, which are way more efficient in terms of power consumption.

However, the  Xperia Z5 offers almost eight hours of browsing time or almost 7 hours of video playback and if you’re using the Stamina power mode, you’ll be able to enhance the battery life in an emergency.

In terms of hardware, the  Xperia Z5 is built using the dated MediaTek MT6753  system on chip; that translates into a quad-core architecture with Cortex A-53 processors clocked at 1.3 GHz working together with a Mali T720MP2 graphic processing unit and 1.5 gigabytes of RAM.

Bottom line, even if the Xperia Z5 doesn’t have the latest and greatest technologies on board, the Mediatek chipset works really smooth in daily use, being snappy and without lag, except for when using power hungry apps.

In the multimedia department, Sony were generous providing the Xperia Z5 with a 13 megapixels shooter featuring an f/2.0 aperture. The camera is pretty impressive given the price tag and comes with advanced options such as object tracking and continuous auto-focus, together with 3x digital zoom. The image quality is very good considering the price-bracket of the Xperia Z5, with lots of detail and sharp. Also, the smartphone comes with full HD 1080p video recording capability on both cameras (the secondary 5 MP included).

As per my final words, if you need an entry level droid, i.e. affordability is the name of your game, the Xperia Z5 is a great option: it’s well built, rich in features and it comes from a brand which doesn’t bother usually with building cheap smartphones. But this time, they nailed it.









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