Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Sony Xperia E3's screen is 4.5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8926-2 Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2330mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2330 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 29.4 days standby time, 740 minutes (2G), 521 minutes (3G), 588 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Reviews summary

3.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 9 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Battery life
  • microSD card support

What's bad  

  • Low screen resolution
  • Slow camera
  • Large bezels

Sony’s original foray into the entry-level market, the E1, was met with fairly lackluster reviews. It appears Sony is making another attempt, with the new Sony Xperia M3. With the competition in the entry-level market growing by the day, how does the new handset fare? Let’s see what the reviews have to say about it!

One of the weak points of many entry level phones is the build quality. From flimsy plastic to mushy buttons, the market’s offerings tend to lack that premium feel. By sticking with their Omnibalance design and adding corner reinforcement to the E3, it appears that Sony has struck a good balance between cost and quality. Reviews were positive on most aspects of the build quality. GSM Arena noted that the “device feels sturdy and solid.”

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There were a few minor issues. Mostly dealing with the display. Nearly every review was quick to point out how big the phone was in comparison to its 4.5-inch IPS display. While Sony has always used chunky bezels in its designs, reviews seem to indicate they’re particularly noticeable on the E1. Another concern mentioned in a few reviews was the lack of protective coating or treatment on the glass. Pressing on the screen can cause distortion.

All of this leads to the biggest problem most reviews pointed out with the phone. With a resolution of just 480-by-854 pixels, the phone offers one of the lowest resolutions from a major manufacturer in the entry-level market. Trusted Reviews said this was “perhaps the most serious issue” with the phone. However, apart from the screen resolution and clarity, reviews on the display were largely positive, with most reviews mentioning how bright the display is.

Pushing the display is a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. This appears to be a fairly standard offering in entry-level phones, and as such, reviews indicated that it performed admirably for most tasks. GSM Arena described performance as “snappy overall” with the lower screen resolution helping smooth out any possible concerns.

Pairing the lower resolution screen and mid-range processor with a 2330mAh battery, Sony was able to coax a surprising amount of battery life out of the E3. GSM Arena predicts that it should last “48 hours, even if you use it fairly heavily” on a single charge. Most stress tests were able to achieve better than average results, with some obtaining 15 hours of video streaming on a single charge. This is good as you cannot remove or replace the battery.

While few entry-level phones will replace a point-and-click camera, the 5MP rear camera with LED flash on the device received fairly mediocre reviews. TrustedReviews stated, “By almost any standard, the Sony Xperia E3 has a fairly poor camera.” From over exposure in HDR mode to slow performance, reviews had little positive to say about the camera.

Lastly, with 4GB of internal storage--and only slightly more than 1GB available after apps and Android are installed--you’ll definitely be looking to take advantage of the phone’s microSD card support.

In all, reviews for the phone are decent as long as you don’t mind the screen. TechRadar remarked that the E3 is “designed to do a job, and does it pretty well.” Recombu was a little more stern with their verdict, stating “The grainy display and iffy camera ultimately make it a difficult phone to recommend, even though it does its job.”


Reviews (3.8/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Versus

Budget 4G smartphone

from Digital Versus
The Xperia E3 generally fits the bill for an entry-level smartphone, but it doesn't shine, either. Unfortunately for Sony Mobile, 2015 has ushered in a landslide of similarly priced smartphones that are more enticing than this one. Some boast HD screens and 8 Mpx cameras, and the Xperia E3 simply isn't equipped to contend... Full review
TrustedReviews

A solid, low-cost 4G phone

from TrustedReviews

The Sony Xperia E3 looks and feels a fair bit higher-end than the Xperia E1 it sort of succeeds. However, as it also costs more, that's far from enough to elevate it above the disappointing E1.

Elsewhere Sony hasn’t really done enough to get the Xperia E3 remotely close to the quality of experience available from smaller brands that have to try a bit harder to reel in the punters. At present, buying from one of the biggest names when looking for a super-budget phone just isn’t that good an idea.

If you don’t want to opt for a name you’ve never h... Full review

Coolsmartphone

A very decent phone which will cope with daily life

from Coolsmartphone

This is a pretty tough cookie, built for everyday life and – apart from the chunky amount of border around the screen – it’s a nice looking smartphone with a very good battery life. I got two days out of it without too much difficulty.

The addition of 4G, especially for a handset this cheap (£99 on Pay As You Go with Vodafone), is welcome and the handset performed well during our testing. It wasn’t slow, clunky or overly ugly to look at or use. The camera is good, the screen is bearable, the build quality is strong and rugged but also good-looking an... Full review

Recombu

Grainy display and iffy camera make it a difficult phone to recommend

from Recombu
Sony’s Xperia E3 is one of a growing number of sub-£100 4G phones, and it brings some slick design with it, but there are better rivals for the same or lesser cost. The grainy display and iffy camera ultimately make it a difficult phone to recommend, even though it does its job, allowing you to stream media and browse the web with satisfying LTE speeds... Full review
GSMArena

Solid build quality, average performance

from GSMArena

The Sony Xperia E3 is here but it doesn't want to rock the boat of Sony's other midrangers. And while that approach runs the risk of also not being able to stir things up for its competition, the Xperia E3 offers enough to be able to fight in the crowded mid-range market.

Bang for buck is key here and the most affordable Xperia of this generation offers plenty of it. The sub-720p screen is what we hold against it the most, but there are plenty aspects of its performance that are way above the norm in this price point.

The battery life is arguably its most potent weapon... Full review

Tech Advisor

Budget 4G phone takes on the Moto G

from Tech Advisor
The Sony Xperia E3 might not have the best specs for a phone at this price but it is one of the most stylish budget devices around and includes 4G connectivity... Full review
Pocket-lint

A good, solid design budget end phone

from Pocket-lint

The Xperia E3 is a good looking device that brings many of Xperia range's design features to a more entry-level product. It's plastic, not as slim and a little heavier than the premium devices in this portfolio but it has a nice feel to it and we liked it.

This end of the market is becoming more and more competitive but despite the low internal storage capacity, we think Sony has done alright here.

It will be interesting to see what the price of the Xperia E3 comes in at, as well as how it copes in the real world but we like the design, the display is good and the avai... Full review

Worst phone ever on voice quality. Not recomended

Bought this phone at Windmobile, started having issues right from the first day. Lots of issues with phone line, static, inconsistent voice quality, bad speaker phone quality, when call end button pressed it would take 3 to 4 seconds to end the call. After 3 weeks of usage it's gone to warranty. Ev... More
Bought this phone at Windmobile, started having issues right from the first day. Lots of issues with phone line, static, inconsistent voice quality, bad speaker phone quality, when call end button pressed it would take 3 to 4 seconds to end the call. After 3 weeks of usage it's gone to warranty. Even Wind staff not recommending this phone to anyone... don't go for this phone even if it's free... Less
Bought this phone at Windmobile, started having issues right from the first day. Lots of issues with phone line, static, inconsistent voice quality, bad speaker phone quality, when call end button pressed it would take 3 to 4 seconds to end the call. After 3 weeks of usage it's gone to warranty. Ev... More
Bought this phone at Windmobile, started having issues right from the first day. Lots of issues with phone line, static, inconsistent voice quality, bad speaker phone quality, when call end button pressed it would take 3 to 4 seconds to end the call. After 3 weeks of usage it's gone to warranty. Even Wind staff not recommending this phone to anyone... don't go for this phone even if it's free... Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 16, 2014
Regions available Canada, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8926-2 Quad-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 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 Head: 0.51 W/kg
Body: 0.88 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2330 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 447 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 588 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
740 minutes (2G)
521 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 29.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Copper, Lime, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm
(5.4 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 144 grams
(5.1 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 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel Density 218 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 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 No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
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 (Google chrome, Facebook, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony D2202, D2212 D2203, D2206, D2243

Also available in a dual-SIM model. (D2212)
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