Sony has expanded its Xperia smartphone series with the Xperia E1, a mid-range smartphone, alongside with the Xperia T2 Ultra phablet. The Korean handset maker has launched both the devices in two variants: single SIM and dual-SIM, namely the Sony Xperia E1, Sony Xperia E1 dual, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual. The variants of the Xperia E1 and Xperia T2 Ultra are targeted for different markets; however, Sony has not revealed any pricing and availability details of the devices.
The company notes that the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra phablet has been designed specifically for emerging markets like China, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific.
The Sony Xperia E1 is the single SIM variant, while the Xperia E1 dual is the dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) variant, and both models otherwise come with identical specifications. Unfortunately, there is no word on Sony Xperia E1 and Xperia E1 dual’s Android software versions. The Sony Xperia E1 features a 4-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels and a 233ppi pixel density. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8210 processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM.
The Xperia E1 comes with a 4GB internal storage, with no word on expandable storage support and also no mention of the camera. It packed a 1700mAh battery and comes with 3G connectivity support. Sony notes that the Xperia E1 will be available in Black, Purple and White. The Japanese giant is touting the Xperia E1 as a mid-range device and claims that the device can produce up to 100Db music through its loudspeakers. Sony is also offering a promotional 30 day free pass for its Entertainment Network music streaming service.
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The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra on the other hand, much like the Xperia E1, comes in two variants, both sporting same innards, except that the Xperia T2 Ultra dual comes with dual-SIM support. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. It comes with a 6-inch HD TRILUMINOS display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, and offers a resolution of 720×1080 pixel.
The phablet is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM. It comes with an 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. The phablet sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor, and also houses a 1.1-megapixel front-facing camera, with Exmor RS sensor as well. The Xperia T2 Ultra packs a 3000mAh battery with battery STAMINA Mode.
Commenting on the launch, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, Calum MacDougall said,
“Xperia T2 Ultra will lead the category through its combination of advanced display and camera technologies, it will bring large-screen entertainment in an amazingly portable form factor and it will do it all whilst providing incredible value for money. “
“The Xperia E1 combines the best of Sony’s audio technologies with a premium design and a great hardware to create a smartphone for people who want to express themselves out loud. It’s a new, music focused player in our Xperia line-up that is underpinned by the best of Sony’s design, display and content offers,” MacDougall further added.