Last week, Japanese mobile phone maker Sony Mobile unveiled to the world two new cheap smartphones running under Google’s Android platform, namely Xperia E and Xperia E dual, and both of them have already been priced in Germany.Just as expected, the two smartphones will retail at very affordable price tags, namely €159 ($205) for the Xperia E, and €169 ($218) for the Xperia E dual, theunwired reports.
The info comes from Sony Germany, but was not accompanied by details on the availability date of the two devices. However, Sony Mobile did say that both of them would hit shelves in the first quarter of the next year.
For those out of the loop, we should note that Xperia E and Xperia E dual land on shelves with the same specs sheet, the only difference between them being the support for two SIM cards that has been included inside the latter.
Xperia E and its dual-SIM twin were launched with a 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480 pixel) touchscreen display on the front, as well as with a 1GHz processor packed inside.
The two devices also sport 512 MB of RAM, microSD memory card slot, a 3.2-megapixel photo snapper on the back with VGA video recording, and support for 3G networks.
The features list of these smartphones also includes DLNA certification, xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology, Manual equalizer, “WALKMAN” application, and Music Unlimited, in markets where the service was launched.
Powered by Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, the Xperia E also features HD Voice with noise cancellation, enabling users to enjoy clearer voice calls. Xperia E dual runs under Ice Cream Sandwich, but will be upgraded to Jelly Bean as well.
“Easily stay on top of your data and power consumption; our data usage app lets you monitor the megabits and extended standby mode increases standby time by up to 4 times,” Sony announced.
“Xperia E dual has dual SIM functionality – you can switch between two SIMs with a single touch or make the switch happen automatically by setting the phone to use a specific SIM card at a specific time of day.”
The smartphone also enables users to customize each SIM card separately. Additional info on the two devices can be found on Sony Mobile’s website.