Sony has launched the Xperia E1 and Xperia E1 Dual smartphones for Rs 9,490 and Rs 10,490 in India. Both the smartphones come with similar features and vary only on the basis of SIM options. The USP of the phone is its 100Db speakers, which the company claims produce louder and clearer sound and are coupled with ClearAudio+ mode. Sony is targeting the smartphones at audiophiles.
In terms of specifications, the Xperia E1 comes with a 4-inch WVGA display with 233ppi and is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8210 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which comes with an external memory support for up to 32GB using a microSD card. Other features in the phone include a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 1,700mAh battery which offers up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 551 hours of standby time. The phone lacks a secondary front facing camera.
Connectivity options in the phone include 3G (HSPA+), support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. On the software front, the phone offers Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.
At this price point, Sony Xperia E1 will compete against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2, which comes with similar display, slightly better camera and memory support and is priced for 10,999.
The phone will also be up against the likes of the Xolo Q700S and HTC Desire X smartphones, which are available for Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. The Xolo Q700S comes with better features including a bigger display, an 8-megapixel camera, a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM at a similar price point, which gives it an edge over the Sony Xperia E1. The HTC Desire X on the other hand is an old model and is equipped with a dual-core processor with 768MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera.
Here is a specification comparison table:
|Sony Xperia E1||Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2||Xolo Q700S||HTC Desire X|
|Display||4-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display||4-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display||4.5-inch FWVGA(800×484 pixels) display||HTC Desire (800×480 pixels) display|
|Processor||1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor||1.2GHz dual-core processor||1.3GHz quad-core processor||1GHz dual-core processor|
|Memory||512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, up to 32GB of external memory on microSD card||768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, up to 64GB of external memory on microSD card||1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, up to 32GB of external memory on microSD card||768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, up to 32GB of external memory on microSD card|
|Camera||3-megapixel rear camera, lacks front facing camera||5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera||8-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera||5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera|
|OS||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Connectivity||3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS||3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS||3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS||3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS|
|Price||Rs 10,490 (dual-SIM), Rs 9,490||Rs 10,999||Rs 9,999||Rs 11,990|