If you liked Sony Tipo and Tipo Dual and were wondering when Sony will bring another affordable smartphone, your wait will be over in mid-March when the company launches the affordable Android smartphone Xperia E in India for less than Rs 10, 000. The phone will come in two variants-single SIM and dual SIM.
At the launch event of Xperia Z Sony showcased Xperia E, and here is our first impression of the device.
On the design front Sony Xperia E’s front panel has a thin silver frame and flat matte back panel, which does not invite fingerprints and is comfortable to hold. The front panel also hosts an earpiece, LED light and proximity sensor, along with three capacitive Back, Home and Menu keys right below the display screen.
The left side of the Xperia E has a micro USB port without a protective cover that can be used for charging and connections. On the right panel there is a volume rocker, Power/Lock key and camera button. On top there is a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Sony Xperia E has a 3.5 inch TFT touchscreen display with display resolution of 320 x 480 pixel, with pixel density of 165 pixels per inch. The model, which we spent some time with, had Android ICS operating system, but when the smartphone is launched in India it will come with Jelly Bean OS. We were not amazed by the display quality but going by its price it is decent.
Sony Xperia E is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor and on the memory front it has 512 MB RAM and 4 GB (2 GB of user-accessible) internal memory, which may be further expanded externally up to 32 GB via a micro SD card. These figures are not worth boasting, but they are quite common among entry level smartphones.
Sony has packed a 1500 mAh battery in the device along with connectivity options like 3G, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and micro USB.
Both Xperia E and Xperia E dual have identical specifications, except that the dual has two SIM slots.
On the camera front Sony Xperia E has a 3.15 megapixel fixed-focus rear camera without flash and its output is decent. Xperia E doesn’t have a front facing camera and its audio quality is mediocre.
If we just look at the specs there is nothing fantastic in the Xperia E, but if we take into consideration its price then it is a very competitive device. Also, when Xperia E lands up in the market it will come bundled with a head pone worth Rs 1,500.
We didn’t encounter any lag or delay while loading apps during our exploration of Sony Xperia E. Keep reading The Mobile Indian for a complete review of the device, which will be live in the coming days.