Sony has unveiled its Xperia E4, a mid-range smartphone that promises two days of battery life.
No price was announced in a news release Tuesday. But the Android phone, with a release date expected later this month, is the latest in the electronics giant’s more affordable Xperia E line. The latest in its top-end Z series is expected to be introduced soon, possibly at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
“With Xperia E4, we wanted to offer people some of the premium Sony features they have come to expect – with unparalleled ease of use – at a highly competitive price point,” Tony McNulty, a vice president at Sony Mobile Communications, said in the release. “With a simple set-up, great screen and unrivaled two-day battery life, we’ve created an on-the-go entertainment device that will keep on going, wherever you are.”
The phone has a 5-inch display screen, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a thin design and rounded edges that are a new look for Sony’s smartphones. It has 8GB of storage space and will be available in either black or white.
The Xperia E4 features what Sony calls “Stamina Mode,” which it says will help guarantee two days of battery life with normal use. The company claims that an even stronger “Ultra Stamina Mode” will keep the phone going for up to a week, though only while running “core functions.”
It also features a new Sony app, PartyShare, that lets users share music with other nearby smartphones via WiFi and collect and share photos from a party or other gathering. The app is pre-loaded on the Xperia E4 and also went live Tuesday in the Google Play store.
While the E4 will tackle the market for lower-priced smartphones, it’s the anticipated Z4 that Sony hopes will compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S line, which has dominated the high-end Android field.
It’s rumored to have a bigger 5.4-inch display, a faster processor and possibly more storage space. For its part, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 smartphone is expected to be introduced on March 1, on the eve of Mobile World Congress.
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