The Sony Xperia E comes with an HVGA LCD screen, measuring 3.5 inches in diagonal. 320 x 480 pixels and 165ppi density sounds pretty poor for a smartphone these days, but you'll need to search really hard to find better in this price range.
As for image quality, the Xperia E's display offers fairly low contrast, poor viewing angles and sunlight legibility. Sadly, a mediocre screen is still one of the things you have to live with if you shop smartphones at rock bottom prices. Here are the results from our traditional display tests.
As you'll notice, we got some slightly different results when compared to the Xperia E dual - this is likely due to Sony using more than one panel manufacturer.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Sony Xperia E||0.19||157||813||0.50||433||875|
|Sony Xperia E dual||0.21||181||844||0.54||473||870|
|Sony Xperia J||0.22||289||1290||0.41||562||1359|
|HTC Desire X||0.18||226||1273||0.33||421||1275|
|HTC Desire V||0.33||340||1027||0.48||506||1054|
|Sony Xperia tipo||-||-||-||0.75||561||751|
|HTC Desire C||0.23||186||814||0.5||360||723|
|HTC One X||0.15||200||1375||0.39||550||1410|
|Sony Xperia U||0.35||287||831||0.55||515||930|
|Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus||0.27||239||873||0.6||528||888|
And here is the Xperia E's RGB matrix under a microscope, alongside the E dual's.
The Sony Xperia E and E dual displays up close