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Sony Xperia E1 Goes Official with Android 4.3, Entry-Level Hardware and Sub-$240 Price

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Sony Xperia E1Unwilling to pay $700, $600, $500, even $400 or $300 on a slab of silicon that you anyway only use to make and receive calls, plus maybe play some light Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja? Good thing Sony’s around, taking care of Android enthusiasts no matter how deep or shallow their pockets.

The already vast Xperia line of handhelds has just become even richer, thanks to the introduction of the Xperia E1, the chunky, unimpressive but dirt-cheap sequel to last year’s E. Though it had no problem detailing everything else, Sony is adamant on keeping pricing on the hush-hush. Well, aside from this tidbit: it’s definitely going to be under EUR 175 ($240) in Europe.

For the dough, you don’t get a lot, albeit compared with its predecessor, the E1 is quite the Speedy Gonzalez. It rocks a bigger, higher-quality screen (4-incher with 800 x 480 pixels resolution), zippier dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm CPU and beefier 1,700 mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the 512 MB RAM, 4 GB built-in storage (with microSD expansion support) and modest 3 MP rear cam stay the same, likely to help maintain the pricing bar low. Good thing there’s pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to take your mind off the overall meager hardware, as well as an unfortunate design, with inexplicably thick profile (12 mm) and bulky 120 grams weight.

Expect the Sony Xperia E1 on the old continent and Asia by the end of Q1 and stateside… never. There’s simply no demand in the US for a cringe worthy little guy like this, regardless of its cost.

Via [Sony Mobile]

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