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Sony Unveils Budget Smartphone Xperia E

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Features 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A single-core processor.

Sony has unveiled a new budget handset in the Xperia E, which will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The smartphone, scheduled for a release during Q1 2013, sports a 3.5-inch HVGA 480x320 pixel resolution LCD, which should deliver a pixel density of about 165 pixels-per-inch.

Powering the device is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A single-core processor, alongside 512MB of RAM and an Adreno 200 graphics processing unit.

As well as the the re-branded TimeScape UI, now known as the Sony UI, and 4GB of internal storage space with a MicroSD expansion slot, the Xperia E features a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera.

Sony has particularly singled out the device's xLOUD audio technology and 3D surround sound support, accompanied by HD voice and noise cancellation.

A 1,530mAh battery pack delivers up to 530 hours on standby or six hours of talk-time, Sony said. The smartphone itself will be available in black, white and pink.

Sony, who is aiming for 50 million Xperia sales in 2013 with devices such as the rumored Odin and Yuga, climbed to third place in global smartphone sales during the third quarter.

 

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    masterasia , December 5, 2012 9:26 PM
    HVGA 480x320.....pass
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    whiteodian , December 5, 2012 9:44 PM
    Yuk! Maybe if they are charging $99 (off-contract), some people who are on a serious budget might be interested. Otherwise, I'd go with something used or the Nexus 4.
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    Estix , December 5, 2012 10:10 PM
    whiteodianYuk! Maybe if they are charging $99 (off-contract), some people who are on a serious budget might be interested. Otherwise, I'd go with something used or the Nexus 4.

    I agree, $100 is about the right price. It's a very pretty phone, and having expandable storage makes up for some of the problems, but it's really lacking in power.

    Give it a usb port and a 460x640 screen or better, and price it at $150 off-contract, and you have a great budget phone.
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    dipper2010 , December 5, 2012 11:19 PM
    another one that sony will soon confine to the dustbin of unsupported, unupgradeable models, re: xperia 8 and xperia mini. rush and forget, is that the new sony mantra now?
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    bustapr , December 6, 2012 12:32 AM
    considering alot of other phones with same specs are at around $100, Id say this will be in the $125-$150 range. sony has never really been the ones to sell as cheap as the rest.
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    samwelaye , December 6, 2012 12:41 AM
    how to make a good budget smartphone:
    1. Use this somewhat slow phone hardware design - nothing needs to be changed
    2. Put stock android on it so nothing bloats it
    3. PROFIT.
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    madooo12 , December 6, 2012 9:45 AM
    EstixI agree, $100 is about the right price. It's a very pretty phone, and having expandable storage makes up for some of the problems, but it's really lacking in power.Give it a usb port and a 460x640 screen or better, and price it at $150 off-contract, and you have a great budget phone.

    it has a usb port, and that screen is quite enough for that phone, I expect it to be $100-125, which makes it a great phone
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    madooo12 , December 6, 2012 9:47 AM
    bustaprconsidering alot of other phones with same specs are at around $100, Id say this will be in the $125-$150 range. sony has never really been the ones to sell as cheap as the rest.

    Xperia U, was the cheapest dual core phone for some time, Xperia Tipo, nice and cheap, and don't forget sony phones are a much better value because of their build quality (clearly superior to most android phone makers out there) and because they actually make most of their phones components
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    g00fysmiley , December 6, 2012 11:20 AM
    i'm on the specs suck but its about as much as most people need, if they keep it cheap it'll do alright , if i didn't have insurance on my galaxy nexus and it kicked the bucket before contract renewal i would consider somwething liek this in the $100 range... much more and i'd just buy a phone off ebay or even the new nexus 4 phone its $300 off contract and considering the spec difference it'd be hard to get me to but this even at half the price $150