Sony Mobile Communications have recently announced a new affordable addition to its Xperia smartphone range, the Xperia E. Sony's latest Android smartphone will be available in both single and dual SIM versions from the first quarter of 2013.

Commenting on the features of the Xperia E, Sony Mobile states that it is a compact and competitively priced smartphone that is built for simplicity. Available in colour options such as black, white and pink, Xperia E comes equipped with outstanding HD Voice. It also features noise cancellation that filters out background noise allowing users to hold clear conversations in any environment.

New handset from Sony announced to be launched in Q1 2013

New handset from Sony announced to be launched in Q1 2013

Sony states that HD Voice differentiates mobile devices by voice call quality where the human voice is replicated accurately. This helps in creating a quality aural experience that is vastly improved from what users have encountered previously with both mobile and traditional fixed line telephony. Commenting on this feature Sony states, “It’s almost like a whisper in your ear, you feel closer to the person you are talking to.”

Sony claims that the Xperia E has also been designed to allow consumers stay on top of cost and power consumption. The data usage application monitors how much is being spent and the extended standby mode increases the standby time up to 4 times. When the screen has been in sleep mode for a few minutes, Wi-Fi and data traffic will be disabled and most applications will be inactive to save the battery life. However, calling and messaging will continue to work as normal. Sony explains that once you touch the screen to wake the device up from standby, all functions return back to normal.

It will also be available in a dual SIM version – Xperia Edual – so that consumers can easily switch between tariffs with just one touch to stay on the most cost effective plan.

As far as specifications are concerned, Xperia E when launched, will run on Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform. The CPU featured here is a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor and the handset features 512MB RAM.

Here is a quick look at some of the highlighted features of the Sony Xperia E:

  • 3.5-inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels
  • 3G, EDGE, DLNA
  • 3.2MP with AF, VGA video recording
  • 4GB internal memory with support for MicroSD card

“Consumers looking to take their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones would be well advised to look at Xperia E or Xperia E dual. They are perfect for those seeking affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones,” said Calum MacDougall, Director Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.

Xperia E comes equipped with superior sound quality with the in-built Walkman application that includes xLOUD audio technology, 3D surround sound and a manual equalizer. With access to millions of music tracks from the cloud based streaming service, Music Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network, consumers can also easily view and share their content on TV, tablet and PC with DLNA wireless connectivity.

As of now, pricing of this handset is not known and more regarding the same will be available closer to the date of launch.

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