Sony has announced a new addition to its range of budget smartphones, the Xperia E. It may not have the attention seeking specification of the Xperia T or other top-of-the-range smartphones, but hidden in amongst its otherwise basic spec is a welcome feature rarely seen on mid-range handsets.
First though, let’s look at the Xperia E’s core specification. It has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a basic 320 x 480 pixel resolution – certainly nothing spectacular, but enough to just about get by these days. Inside things get better, as the processor is a 1GHz Snapdragon S1 and it’s ably assisted by 512MB of RAM. This means Sony has been able to install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Xperia E, a standout feature for a phone of this type, and a particularly welcome one too.
At 115g the Xperia E is of average weight, and the 11mm thick chassis should still see it disappear into a bag or pocket. Power is provided by a 1530mAh battery and Sony has given the phone some clever power management tools, which could see the standby time climb higher than the quoted 530 hours. A 3.2 megapixel camera sits on the rear of the phone, plus there are features such as HD Voice, DLNA connectivity, Sony’s Walkman software, xLoud audio enhancements and a microSD card slot to add more storage to the device. As standard it has 4GB.
Sony hasn’t confirmed where the Xperia E will be sold yet, but it will be coming out – somewhere -during the first quarter of 2013. It hasn’t named the price yet either, but it’s unlikely to be expensive.