Sony has two added two more models to its kitty to boost it’s base segment portfolio in India with the launch of Sony Xperia E1 and it’s dual-SIM variant Xperia E1 Dual. The two new smartphones are priced at Rs 9,490 and Rs 10,490 respectively.
In terms of specifications we are looking at a 4-inch WVGA display (480 x 800 pixels resolution, 233 PPI). Xperia E1 is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1.2GHz. It has a 512MB of RAM, Adreno 302 GPU and 4GB of internal storage which can be cranked up to 32GB via a microSD card. There is a 3.15 rear camera but no front camera here. A 1,700mAh battery finds place which the company claims would offer up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 551 hours of standby time. The phones run on Android 4.3 Jelly bean OS out-of-the-box. Connectivity options in the phone include 3G (HSPA+), support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
Both the Xperia E1 and Xperia E1 Dual shares the same specs with the only difference being the Dual-SIM support offered by E1 Dual as the name suggests.
At this price point, Xperia E1 faces tough competition from Samsung, HTC and home-grown makers like Micromax and Xolo with better specs with almost all of them offering atlease a VGA front camera. On the Windows side, Lumia 520 and 525 gives a tough fight in this price-conscious segment.