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.

source: Sony

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Xperia E1
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.68h 3G talk time)



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

That's a chubby little Z1. :P

5. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

8. Qawi94

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Here have a kitkat

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

this is gorgeous baby of Z1.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's a very chubby Lil xperia and yet affordable

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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

14. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

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

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

20. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 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

4. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

6. fidasek

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 14, 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???

21. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

not bad for a very low budget phone

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

$240? Nokia Lumia 525 for me

9. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 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)

11. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes it is! Instead of shutter button we get a music button? Either way, looks very nice

13. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

12. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

10. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

That speaker on the Z2 and instant buy

15. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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

18. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 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

23. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That's why I picked the ZL over the Z

24. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 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)...

17. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

the BEST LOOKING low ranger ever!

22. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 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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