Once again showing indifference to its growing North American fanbase, Sony has put the low-end, low-cost Xperia E1 smartphone on sale first across Europe. Bizarrely, different regional branches of the OEM’s online retail network on the old continent charge different prices for the E1, ranging from €119 in Italy to a redonkulous €199 in Spain.
For the record, that’s $165 and $275 (!!!) respectively, though of course, the European valuation is not a reliable indicator for future price tags stateside. Hence, I’d expect the US Sony Mobile store to ask no more than $170 once the 4 incher becomes available, and possibly as little as $120.
After all, the E1 desperately needs to trump Motorola’s Moto G affordability-wise, since its hardware and software are light years behind.
Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out the box, the entry-level handheld offers 800 x 480 pixels resolution, a modest dual-core Snapdragon 200 chip, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB on-board storage, a 3.15 MP rear-facing camera and, in a bid to enthrall audio buffs, a state-of-the-art xLOUD sound enhancement engine.
Back to European prices, let’s mention our British friends and readers can score the Xperia E1 at £159 directly from Sony, but £119 via Amazon UK and Handtec, while folks based in Germany and France have to cough up €139 and take their business straight to Sony. Who’s buying?
Via [Xperia Blog]