Sony may be done with its Walkman smartphones, but the concept of audio-focused handsets still lives on in the Xperia E1 which has just gone official in India. The device is said to deliver some of the finest audio technologies from the Japanese conglomerate.
What makes the Sony Xperia E1 an interesting smartphone is its loudspeaker. According to the company, the speaker can deliver audio levels of up to 100dB. To top it off, there’s a dedicated Walkman button which we haven’t seen on Sony phones for quite some time now, and shake control which allows you to shuffle tracks by, well, shaking the phone. Then there are the usual enhancements such as ClearAudio+, xLoud and ClearPhase.
The Sony Xperia E1 is essentially an entry-level smartphone. The company is offering it in single and dual SIM options. The handset dons a 4-inch touchscreen with WVGA resolution and it sports a 3MP camera on the rear. Delivering the steam here is a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon 200 processor, while memory is in the hands of 512MB RAM and 4GB of flash storage. The phone comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Here are the main specifications:
– Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS
– 4-inch WVGA touchscreen
– 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8210 SOC
– 512MB RAM, 4GB storage
– Wi-Fi, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, GLONASS, HSPA+
– 118mm x 62.4mm x 12mm dimensions
– 120 grams weight
– Over 9 hours of talktime
– Up to 81.5 hours of music playback
The Sony Xperia E1 will go on sale in India through the company’s own stores and major retailers. The single SIM model costs Rs 9,490 and it will be available starting March 25, while the dual SIM option will hit stores on the 10th for Rs 10,490. The phone will be available in black, white and purple shades.