Sony has announced a new budget smartphone for India today. The news comes days after Sony unveiled their new flagship at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, which was the Xperia Z2. Sony also recently announced the Xperia Z1 Compact in India recently. Looks like Sony is aiming at pretty much every price segment in 2014 unlike just focussing on high end smartphones like in the year gone by. The Xperia E1 is primarily a music smartphone and promises the best music experience for any Android phone.
These claims are backed by presence of a 100 dB loudspeaker which is present at the rear of the device as well as a dedicated walkman which, on being long pressed will trigger the music app. You can also simply shake the device to shuffle music tracks.
On the specs front, the device is fairly modest. It packs a 4 inch WVGA display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8210 SoC with 512 MB of RAM. There is only 4 GB of internal memory in the device but there is an external Micro SD slot. The device has similar rounded edge design like the Xperia Z1. There is a 3 MP rear camera on the device and no front facing camera.
The Xperia E1 will be available starting March 10 for Rs. 9,490 while the E1 Duo, the dual core variant will be available starting March 25th for Rs 10,490. The phone will be available in white, black and purple color choices.