Sony Xperia E1 could be launched in the first half of March

Sony’s newest affordable Android smartphone, the Xperia E1, might be available in Europe as soon as March 10. That’s the date when Amazon UK expects to have the handset in stock. Until then, the retailer is taking pre-orders for the E1, asking $248 (£149.99 in British currency) for it. The handset is cheaper at Clove UK (£134.99), but there’s no estimated delivery date in this case.

Amazon Germany is also listing the Xperia E1, saying that its singe SIM version costs $190 (€139), while the dual SIM model is a bit more expensive: $204 (€149).

Measuring 118 x 62.4 x 12 mm, the Xperia E1 is pretty chunky - some of today’s smartphones are two times thinner. Of course, the E1 wasn’t made to be thin, but to be affordable while having a pleasant design and decent features. The handset runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and offers: a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display, HSDPA, a 100 dB loudspeaker, 3.2MP rear camera, dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 1,750 mAh battery.

At the moment we don’t know if Sony is planning to release the Xperia E1 in North America. But we’ll let you know if we find out.

sources: Amazon UK, Clove, Amazon Germany via XperiaBlog

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