"The Sony Xperia E4g is the company's first 64-bit smartphone. A first look"
Just last month, Sony introduced the successor to its affordable Xperia E3, smartphone, the Xperia E4. A couple of weeks later, the company quietly unveiled a 4G variant of the same device, titled the Xperia E4g. The two devices are pretty much identical, except that the Xperia E4 has a slightly larger 5-inch display, and misses out on 4G connectivity. At the recently held Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we got a chance to go hands on with the Xperia E4g. These are our first impressions.
Powering the handset is the 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6732 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz. Incidentally, this also makes it Sony's first 64-bit smartphone. There's 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, out of which 3.45GB was available on this demo unit. The microSD card slot supports expansion by an extra 32GB. The smartphone was smooth and responsive during our brief usage, but we'll need to use the device extensively and play a few graphics-heavy games before we commit to our views on its performance. Sony says that the 2,300mAh battery can last for up to two days, although that seems unlikely. However, the presence of Sony's STAMINA mode should help to conserve fuel.
The Xperia E4g comes with support for LTE Band 3 (1,800MHz), among others, which is expected to be commercially available in India later this year. Unfortunately, there's no support for LTE Band 40 which is what's currently available. While the unit we handled was a single-SIM device, there's also a dual-SIM variant which we expect is what will be launched in India. The Xperia E4g will go on sale in select markets in April this year for Euro 129, approximately Rs 9,000. An India launch date is yet to be specified by the company.
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