Sony Xperia E1: entry-level Android smartphone with Walkman features
Conan Hughes | On 15, Jan 2014
Along with the newly announced phablet, Sony has unveiled an entry-level Android smartphone that the company claims to be the “best smartphone in its class.” With a dedicated music button and an up-to-100dB loudspeaker, the Sony Xperia E1 offers a Walkman music experience.
If you only look at the raw hardware specs, though, the Sony Xperia E1 certainly fails to impress. There’s nothing mind-blowing about an outdated dual core CPU, even if it’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon. The lack of IPS LCD, the small amount of RAM and internal storage, and the feeble rear-facing camera won’t wow any audience either. The only hardware aspect that might appeal to consumers is the Xperia E1’s solid feel of its premium body, though we’re taking Sony’s word for it.
Sony Xperia E1 Specs
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 4-inch TFT LCD (480×800 WVGA), ~233ppi
- 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) processor
- Adreno 302 GPU
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 32GB
- 3-megapixel main camera, without autofocus and LED flash
- No front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 3G, HSPA+ (or LTE)
- Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Dimensions: 118 x 62.4 x 12mm
- Weight: 120g
- Li-Ion 1700mAh battery
But if you look past the specs, realization surely hits about some good use for the Sony Xperia E1. For one, all the basic phone functionalities are covered: calls, texts, and mobile data. For another—as mentioned above—this handset carries one experience that Sony is famous for delivering: music. Powered by ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, and xLOUD sound technologies, the handset uses a loudspeaker that reaches 100dB, a level of loudness which Sony claims that even a passing motorcycle won’t interrupt. Each unit will also be pre-loaded with a 30-day pass for Sony’s Entertainment Network music service.
Like the simultaneously unveiled Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, the Sony Xperia E1 also has a dual-SIM variant with nary a difference except for the latter’s dual-SIM configuration. Both versions will be offered in three colors—white, black, and purple. Expected availability is within the first quarter of this year, with pricing information yet to be revealed.