Sony has just announced the Sony Xperia E smartphone. It’s a low-end yet attractive model with similar styling to the rest of the modern Xperia lineup and a compact frame that should suit those unsatisfied by the current trend of massive smartphones.
Specifications are probably what you’d expect for a fairly low-end device: On the front we’ve got a 3.5″ 320 x 480 (HVGA) display which really sets the tone – this is some way behind even the 800 x 480 standard resolution of 2011. Inside it’s a bit better; we’ve got a 1 GHz single core processor and a 1500 mAh battery. On the back, there’s a 3.2 megapixel camera.
There’s also support for wireless DLNA (a typical strength for Sony), HD Voice and Walkman xLOUD technology, which sounds like a rival to HTC’s Beats Audio. One common point of interest – internal storage and the presence or absence of an SD card slot – has not yet been specified in the initial PR blast.
Software is good though; Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with software additions designed to save data and battery life by disabling Wi-Fi and cell data traffic after the screen has been off for more than a few minutes. The phone is also available in single and dual-SIM versions; the dual-SIM also comes with software to switch between SIMs at a touch.
The Sony Xperia E will be launching in the first quarter of next year in three colour options: black, white and pink. Expect this phone to be free on contract in the UK, and probably available SIM-free for around £120.