Sony Mobile has lifted the lid on a new budget Android smartphone, the Xperia E, as it continues its policy of catering to the entry-level market as well as the top end.
Unveiled today, the Xperia E is, according to its product page anyway, ‘expertly created for simplicity’, sporting a decent 3.5-inch display of a not-so-decent HVGA resolution, a 1GHz (single core) processor with 1GB of RAM and a 3.2-megapixel camera with auto focus.
Okay, so these aren’t exactly specs to get your pulse racing but check this, the Xperia E comes with Android 4.1 – aka Jelly Bean – installed out of the box, which is nothing to scoff at from a handset aimed at the very low end of the market.
Also on board is DLNA connectivity for wireless streaming of your media to an HD telly, HD Voice support and Sony’s Walkman xLOUD technology for audio smarts a la Beats by Dre. Plus there is 4GB of on board memory, which can be expanded by a further microSD slot).
Another USP is that the Xperia E will also have a dual-SIM version, which would be ideal for work or holiday use. Though, we suspect that’s probably not going to land in the UK.
Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile, said: "Consumers looking to take their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones would be well advised to look at Xperia E or Xperia E dual.”
The Xperia E will be available in black, white and pink colourways in the first quarter of 2013. Pricing has not been confirmed yet but expect that to be revealed nearer to release.