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Sony introduces the Xperia E1, adapts the company's modern design to the affordable market

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Sony introduces the Xperia E1, adapts the company's modern design to the affordable market
Now that it has taken care of the high-end segment with the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact, Sony has started moving downwards in order to to refresh the more affordable part of its line-up. So, besides the just-announced T2 Ultra mid-range phablet, Sony is also introducing the Xperia E1 - a budget smartphone that will aim to establish itself as a leader in its class.

The biggest and probably best thing about the Sony Xperia E1 is that it doesn't seem to be making a compromise with its design. As it can be seen from the image, the E1 looks just like the Z1 Compact (which is to say that it looks great), and the manufacturer insists that its new budget phone is going to offer a solid feel. There are no details on the actual materials that have been used in the E1's construction, so we can't know for sure if it sticks to the same high-quality glass-plus-metal build, but we'll hopefully find soon enough.

Checking out the display specs, we quickly find the first (and probably biggest) compromise that Sony has made. The Xperia E1 features a relatively small, 4" screen, with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA). This works up to a pixel density of 233 ppi (pixels-per-inch), which isn't particularly bad, but things won't appear super-fine either.

The chipset inside the Xperia E1's presumably premium body is of unknown make and model (at least for now), but Sony clarifies that the dual-core CPU is going to tick at a core-clock of 1.2 GHz. Additionally, that's going to be complemented by 512 MB RAM (no word yet on whether the E1 is to launch with Android 4.4 KitKat), as well as 4 GB of internal storage. We still don't know if that's going to be expandable with a microSD card.

The Sony Xperia E1 will also employ a number of other features to try to round itself up as an appealing affordable package. For example, Sony touts its 100 dB loudspeaker as being... well, quite loud; and for those who'd love to get some dual-SIM action, there's going to be such a variant as well. Finally, the Xperia E1 will come in three color options: white, black and purple. Sadly, the company hasn't announced a release date at this point, but we guess it won't be long before we can find it on the international market (no word on US release). Sony isn't willing to share pricing information at this point as well, but it does reveal that it has had Strategy Analytics conduct a research, where they have compared the Xperia E1 to the Top 100 smartphones of 2013 that have had a price-tag of up to $240 (EUR 175), so we guess that could be seen as an indication of how the E1 might end up being priced.




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posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:08 7

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


That's a chubby little Z1. :P

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:47 5

5. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Excellent design for budget phone but I am afraid 512MB RAM is not enough.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 04:52 3

8. Qawi94 (Posts: 9; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


Here have a kitkat

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:34 2

16. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


this is gorgeous baby of Z1.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:48

19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6437; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That's a very chubby Lil xperia and yet affordable

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:08 1

2. Duketytz (Posts: 470; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


It does look like it is made of plastic! But I am digging the Black Power button:P

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:14 1

14. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


It's a Walkman button. You can still see the power button below the volume rocker.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:31 5

3. alterecho (Posts: 1082; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Micro SD + front face cam + as afforadalbe as Xperia E = instabuy

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 13:37 1

20. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


well, examining the images reveal that it most likely has a proximity sensor and a notification LED, but no FFC

and it will likely have a microSD card slot

I think it's very low end, it's got nice music capabilities for people who like that stuff, but it probably won't run lots of apps and games

if it's as affordable as the xperia E, it may have a good chance, I only wish it had more ram and an SD 400 SoC, that would've made it an amazing phone

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:42

4. mercorp (Posts: 969; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Honestly speaking,I would buy it over the moto g.I need that sd slot.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 03:24 1

6. fidasek (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


"ENDS –
1 The Xperia E1 is powered by Qualcomm's MSM8210 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor, 512 MB RAM and features a 4 inch (233 ppi) display combined with a large 1700 mAh battery."
--- How is the chipset unknown???

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 13:41

21. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


not bad for a very low budget phone

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 04:41

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 717; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


$240? Nokia Lumia 525 for me

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 05:45 1

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Such a great loudspeaker must be present in flagships as well, and is that a Walkman button on the top of the phone? (pic #7)

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:02 1

11. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yes it is! Instead of shutter button we get a music button?

Either way, looks very nice

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:09

13. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Yup, very nice.
Hope to see a Walkman flagship as well.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:08

12. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Also, that's what I like about Xperia phones, Sony always put something unique in each device, even if it's not a flagship. Be it by design or by features...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 05:53 2

10. hafini_27 (Posts: 247; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


That speaker on the Z2 and instant buy

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:11

15. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Around the specs of the Galaxy S 3 mini.

I do love the loud speaker. I rather have a speaker like this rather than rubbish waterproofing

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:29

18. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well I prefer the opposite... I care very little about the phone's speaker since my phone is connected most of the time to a BT device... Headphones, Car Stereo or House Speaker...

Waterproofing on the other hand allows you to bring your phone to the beach, field, mud, rain... and worry less

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 17:32

23. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


That's why I picked the ZL over the Z

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 07:20

24. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Regarding the Z vs ZL... in that case I would have gotten the ZL as well... It has a sligthly better screen, shutter button, IR blaster, slightly better battery and yes, better speaker..

But if the only difference would have been speaker vs IP55, then I would choose the later... Waterproofing in the high end models gives you the option of dock charging (though a low end device probably wouldn't, think of Xperia Go)

Now that the difference is only about size Z1 / Z1c well I prefer the compact version for supposedly better battery / performance... and less risk of frame bending / screen cracking (smaller size)...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:27

17. pwnarena (Posts: 884; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


the BEST LOOKING low ranger ever!

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 15:04

22. trickster_qc (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


is it just me or it's almost impossible to use a phone with only 4gb of native storage?

I mean Android alone takes 2 gig if not more. That doesn't leave much space for anything else once a few apps + sony UI + other bloatwares have been installed.

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