While the budget segment is dominated by local phone brands here in the Philippines, that doesn’t mean international brands don’t have anything decent to offer at these price points. Just recently, Sony announced a couple of new entry level smartphones, the Xperia E1 and Xperia E Dual. They won’t sport any top-shelf specs, but they’ll still be identifiable as Sony Xperia handsets and will carry over many of the same design cues as their higher end brethren.
There isn’t actually much difference between the Sony Xperia E1 and the Xperia E Dual, as the latter is actually just the dual SIM version of the former. Both feature a 4 inch WVGA screen, 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. There’s also a 3mp camera and both will be powered by a 1,700mAh battery.
The Xperia E1 and E Dual might not feature much in the way of specs, but Sony is making a lot of noise about the audio capabilities of both phones. They feature ClearAudio+ and XLoud technologies, which help produce clear audio even when the volume has been cranked all the way up.
No pricing or release date has been announced, but when the Sony Xperia E1 and E Dual become available, they’ll come in 3 color options: black, purple and white. Hopefully, they’ll get the pricing right so budget-minded smartphone buyers can seriously consider them as options along with our local brands.
Sony Xperia E1/E Dual Specs
- 4″ WVGA capacitive display (480 x 800 resolution, 233ppi)
- 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200 processor
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB internal storage, expandable via micro SD up to 32GB
- 3.15mp rear-facing camera
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
- FM Radio
- Micro USB 2.0
- 1,700mAh battery
- Pricing and availability: TBA
Source: Talk Android