While entertainment and gaming gains, among others, continue to offset Sony’s ceaseless string of mobile misfortunes, not even a giant of this stature can afford to endlessly sustain an underperforming division.
Drastic cuts need to be made, and the Xperia Z device family was the first to go, making room for a re-imagined X roster that includes both mid-range and high-end Androids. Meanwhile, speculation recently mounted that all other letters in Sony’s scattered alphabet soup of phones could exit the scene as well before long, including the semi-successful C and M lines.
Whether or not that’s set to happen, it seems the entry-level Xperia E clan is still expecting at least one final joiner, in the E5, aka F3311 that we saw benchmarked last month. Back then, we found it hard to make out the phone’s identity, since it felt a little too powerful, advanced and… small to follow in the footsteps of the E4.
But a document leaked by Russian Customs (yes, really) mentions the 4.6-incher by both model number and prospective Xperia E5 market name, so it’s possible the handheld will soon see daylight in Europe and Asia with 720p screen resolution, quad-core MediaTek MT6735 power, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, plus 13 and 5MP cameras.
Not exactly the world’s best Android mid-ranger, but a far cry from the mediocrity of the qHD, 1 gig RAM-packing, 5 and 2MP camera-sporting Xperia E4. Now let’s see if Sony can hit the pricing sweet spot… for once.