Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Sony Xperia E5's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6735 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2700 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 21.6 days standby time, 690 minutes (2G), 570 minutes (3G).



The Xperia E5 is fast and well-made, but it's marred by poor battery life and a sub-par camera.

- Katherine Bryne , Expert Reviews 

Reviews summary

7.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 6 reviews

What's good  

  • Ample storage
  • Attractive, sturdy design
  • Bright, detailed display
  • microSD support

What's bad  

  • Battery life
  • Weak processor for gaming or heavy use

Sony is known for their attention to design details. This isn’t something you see much of in the entry-level mobile market. With the Xperia E5, Sony hopes to offer a refined mobile experience without killing your budget.

Good budget phones are about making the right compromises. Did Sony find the right balance or does this pretty handset disappoint when the power comes on?

Reviews are in! Let’s see what people are saying!

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While it might be all plastic, reviewers were quick to point out the solid feel, slight heft and comfortable grip of the Xperia E5. Phone Arena said, “One would have a hard time calling this anything but reasonably attractive. More so at this price point, and especially compared to the rather mundane-looking competitors.”

Head around to the front of the phone and reviews are still good, despite the lack of the signature visuals tweaks present in high-end Sony models. Phone Area ran the 5-inch 720p IPS display though their benchmarking and noted, “Color accuracy is pretty decent for a device of this caliber.” The screen also impressed Expert Reviews UK. They described it as “More than punchy enough to remain legible in direct sunlight.”

One area where the entry-level aspects of the E5 show through is performance. Opinions on the 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 1.5 GB of RAM varied. Recombu said, “The Xperia E5 has actually proved itself a respectable budget blower. There’s an occasional lingering pause when you try and open an app, but Android runs surprisingly well, as did all of the apps I tested out.” Unfortunately, they all agreed that gaming wasn’t a pleasant experience.

With 16GB of internal storage, you should have no trouble keeping your favorite apps and games on hand. Should you need more room for media, there’s a microSD slot for quick expansion.

Reviews of the UI were good. Sony runs a minimal skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. No one complained about bloatware or excessive memory use.

Although reviewers were pleased with image quality from the 13MP camera. However, they were quick to add “for an entry-level phone” to their praise. GSM Arena said, “The phone takes sharp photos with plenty of detail. Unfortunately, the images have a lot of noise even in good light, but we like the overall processing of the fine details.” The front-facing 5MP lens had similar reviews.

Battery life is where reviews get ugly. The 2,700mAh battery wasn’t enough to keep the phone running all day for most reviewers. Phone Arena noted, “We were secure in our knowledge that the E5 will make it through the day, but then again, that was with relatively light usage. Prolonged game sessions or binge watching sessions will murder the battery fast.”

Ultimately, this last flaw made many reviewers question whether to recommend the phone. Recombu summed up opinions well, saying, “Attractive and solid design work, respectable performance and battery life, and a decent HD screen all make for a worthy £100 handset.” Just keep your charge cable handy.


Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)


Notebookcheck

A solid smartphone in the lower price range

from Notebookcheck
The Xperia E5 is a solid everyday companion of the lower price segment. However, the fancy glass design of higher-priced Xperia smartphones typical for Sony would have benefited the entry device as a unique feature... Full review
Know Your Mobile

A handsome handset with decent specs

from Know Your Mobile
This handset isn’t quite as appealing as the Moto G4; I prefer the Moto G4’s software, which is closer to stock Android. However, if this doesn’t concern you I have no grumbles recommending this handset to someone that is after a cheap, functional, good-looking Android phone for under £150... Full review
Expert Reviews

Eyeing up the Moto G4

from Expert Reviews
It's a shame the Xperia E5 isn't quite the full package, as its smaller dimensions would have made it a great alternative to the big-screened Moto G4. Sadly, terrible battery life and an underwhelming camera leave little reason to recommend it, and those serious flaws make the E5 feel decidedly average... Full review
Recombu

Respectable budget performance

from Recombu
Sony’s Xperia E5 is one of the cheapest Xperia phones you can nab these days, but holds up remarkably well compared with rivals like the Wileyfox Spark. Attractive and solid design work, respectable performance and battery life, and a decent HD screen all make for a worthy £100 handset... Full review
GSMArena

Nice ’n easy

from GSMArena
Having a decent looking Xperia E-series member must feel nice for Sony. The phone looks solid on the outside, but is having a hard time matching the specs of the competition on the inside. Nothing we didn't already suspect would be amiss, but that poor battery life is a hard pill to swallow... Full review
PhoneArena

Attractive, sturdy design that is sure to tempt buyers on a budget

from PhoneArena
It's not often we get to say this, but it's probably best that, for the time being, you stay put and steer clear of the Xperia E5. That's not because it's a problematic device—the very opposite in fact! As a whole, we were pleasantly surprised by Sony's work with this affordable, €199 (~$210) smartphone, which performed well across the board. A very welcome surprise!.. Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 7, 2016
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor MediaTek MT6735 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2700 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 690 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
690 minutes (2G)
570 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 21.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Graphite Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm
(5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 147 grams
(5.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Scratch-resistant
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 3x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Self-timer, White balance, HDR
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info ISO
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony F3311, F3313

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