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Jan
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Two new devices are being added to the Xperia family today in the form of the Xperia E1 and Xperia T2 Ultra. These phones sit below flagship devices like the Z1 and Z1 Ultra, but they still have that slick Sony design and the OEM's custom build of Android 4.3.

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The Xperia E1 (seen above) is a device with modest specs, but a great big speaker. The rear-facing mono speaker can output a whopping 100dB – in the common vernacular, we refer to that as "mega loud." Music is the differentiating factor for the E1, which also has a physical Walkman button on the side and shake-to-skip functionality. Here are the rest of the specs:

Sony Xperia E1

  • 4-inch WVGA (800x480) LCD
  • Dual-core Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210), 1.4GHz
  • 512MB RAM
  • Cat 14 HSPA+ (bands vary by market)
  • 3 MP rear-facing camera
  • 4GB storage with microSD
  • Optional dual-SIM
  • 1700 mAh removable battery
  • Size: 118 x 62.4 x 12 mm, 121g
  • Available in white, black, and purple

The Snapdragon 200 is definitely a budget chip, but it should be enough for general use. Sony is marketing this phone as "the best smartphone in its class." That's probably true, considering it's going up against devices that cost under $240 unlocked (175 Euros).

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The Xperia T2 Ultra is a bit more beefy than its little sibling. This device has a big 6-inch screen, but the screen is only 720p. Certainly no match for the Z Ultra, but an improvement over the E1. Here are the full specs:

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    • 6-inch 720p LCD
    • Quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8928), 1.4GHz
    • 1GB RAM
    • 8GB storage with microSD
    • Cat 14 HSPA+, LTE (bands vary by market)
    • 13 MP camera
    • Optional dual-SIM
    • NFC
    • 3000 mAh battery
    • Size: 165.2 x 83.8 x 7.65 mm, 171g
    • Available in white, black, and purple

    Sony is making a big deal out of the high ratio of screen to not-screen on the face of this phone – it's 73.6% screen, by the way. Mid-range devices often have chunkier bezels, so this is actually a nice design choice for the T2 Ultra. Although at 720p, the screen is "only" 244 pixels per inch.

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    Pricing and release dates will vary by market, but the cost should be reasonable. The only number Sony gave was under 175 Euros for the Xperia E1, which was only referenced to clarify what "class" Sony was talking about. With the dual-SIM variants on the menu, an international launch is probably happening first. If these phones come to the US, it'll probably be a while.

    [Sony Mobile: E1, T2 Ultra – Sony Developer Blog: E1, T2 Ultra]

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    • edzuslv

      512 MB RAM - you mad bro?

      • TY

        Really mad since it doesn't come with 4.4.

        • Ambroos

          Enters the market on 4.3, update to 4.4 soon after (for both the E1 and T2U).

          • TY

            Well, while this is a stupid move for Sony... this maybe finally a chance for us to see the RAM optimizations done in 4.4 compared to 4.3.

            • Ambroos

              Sony has some excellent Android engineers and 4.4 is still coming. No need to worry. What Sony brings to the software is worth a lot more than the update to 4.4.

            • EBE

              Budget phones rarely get software updates :(

            • Ambroos

              Sony has consistently been updating pretty much all their phones, there's no need to worry. These run the new version of the Sony skin that is already prepared for the 4.4 style guidelines (and transparent status/softkey bars) so I'm pretty sure they're going to get updated.

          • edzuslv

            Try to multitask with 512 Ram. Open chrome + 2 other apps and you are done even in 4.4

            • Ambroos

              True, but once again, this is really a budget phone. €129 in Belgium, that's among the cheapest Androids you can get. Besides the RAM the specs are pretty decent for the price if you ask me.

            • Derail Doax

              Ok after finishing it and reading it over this comment sounds very ugly but I must chime in.

              Wow.... I thought the unlocked carrier system was superior to the locked down US Carrier system here in the States... I bought a prepaid T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch Evolve for my father for $49(no contract obviously) it has a similar 4" WVGA screen, 4GB Internal Storage, 512MB RAM. Although it has a 5.0MP rear shooter, only a 7.2Mbps radio, and a single core 1.0GHz processor. However your 129 Euro price is equivalent to $179.... Here in the states for $179 you can get the 8GB Moto G which is hands down a much better phone. Even if we looked at a lower price point than the Moto G the Alcatel One Touch Fierce is only $129 which has a 4.5" qHD screen, quad core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 21 Mbps radio, 5MP rear shooter. Don't forget that the Asus Zenfone line was announced with phones that range from $99-$199 US dollars. The Zenfone 4 which is probably never coming to the States and is designed for the international market starts at $99 with a 4.0" WVGA screen, dual core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 42 Mbps radio, 5.0 MP Shooter. All of these phones are better options to the $179 Xperia E1....

              Your argument that the Moto G isn't available globally is actually wrong. The Moto G was announced in Brazil because its going to the global market and the US was a side note. The dual SIM version was available in Brazil on announcement day it was weeks before the Moto G was even put up for sale in the USA. Plus there are phones like the BLU Life Play which is also sold throughout South and North America which is approximately equivalent to the Nexus 4 and its $199 in US now.

              Sorry buddy but just because the market in your country sucks doesn't mean this junk phone is "The best phone in its class." I'm sure if you go to some remote country even the cheap Chinese white box junk Android phones running 2.2 are state of the art, that doesn't mean its able to claim "The best in its class," it just means that is the best in that area. Best in class is a overall global comparison that encompasses every phone available for that price point. I can tell by all your comments you love Sony phones, but get a grip. $179 for a phone of this low level is a rip off.

    • jpelgrom

      I hate it when we talk about 'WVGA'... Just tell us it's 800x480, that's a lot easier!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Clarified for your pleasure.

    • sri_tech

      E1 has nice design for a budget phone.

    • Ambroos

      Pricing in the Netherlands is €149 for the E1 and €399 for the Z2 Ultra. Both are pretty good deals in their class.

      These aren't high-end phones but the E1 is a brilliant cheap smartphone (huge battery compared to the competition) and the Z2 Ultra targets those who want a phablet but don't have a phat wallet. Should still perform pretty well with those specs!

      • Yasser Syed

        correction its T2 Ultra :) not Z2 Ultra :P

        • Ambroos

          Oops :P

      • Derail Doax

        Once again you're far off base. 399 Euros is equivalent to $548 in US dollars. The almost equally equipped Zenfone 6 is $199 in US dollars........ There is no way in hell that the T2 Ultra is a deal for people without a "phat wallet" sorry. The only differences between the T2 Ultra and the Zenfone 6 is that the T2 Ultra has some ability to have LTE in optional models, and it has a quad core 1.4 GHz processor relative to the Zenfones dual core 2.0 Ghz Intel processor. But neither of those are worth paying $349 more for..... You love Sony too much my friend.

    • GeeKLoRD

      "Sony is marketing this phone as "the best smartphone in its class." That's probably true..."
      *cough* Moto G *cough*

      • Ambroos

        Moto G is only available in a few countries, Sony has a near-global presence.

        • Max

          That fact doesn't deny that the Moto G is probably the best choice for that market segment.

          • Ambroos

            No, it's true, it has excellent specs. But availability is a nightmare over here. So then what's the point?

            • Max

              That was the case here in Chile with the Nexus 4, but I guess some people can do some effort and get a nice phone not counting on phone providers, like I did.

      • Derail Doax

        LOL. I copied the same thing and was going to make the same comment about the Moto G. If this thing is any higher than $100 this is by far not the best in its class.

    • Marchant Volschenk

      Oh. I'm so impressed by the specs. -.-

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

        Cool, you should buy then as those phones were made specially for your budget. ;)

    • hp420

      I would want the T2's specs with the E1's music-centric hardware/software. That would be really nice!!

    • sourabh sekhar

      Kitkat released in 2103.
      Sony launches phone in 2014.
      Still ships it with 4.3.
      Scumbag sony.

      • Guest

        Kitkat in 2103? Sony has a lot of of time...

        • Guest 2

          Wasup Ambroos!

        • sourabh sekhar

          Corrected. Thanks :D

    • som

      I made a mistake of getting a Sony phone with 512 MB of RAM once (Xperia U). It's got lag everyware, and they dumped support for it after 4.0 saying it's RAM wasn't enough. Never again.

      • Ambroos

        The U has problems with the SoC drivers on 4.0, it's basically why nobody else wanted to use NovaThors and SE-Ericsson is already gone. Sony knows it was a bad decision to move away from Qualcomm which is why they're 100% Qualcomm now.

        The 2011 phones all had 512MB RAM (Arc, Neo, ...) and those still run pretty nice on 4.0.

        • renz

          well xperia c is based on mediatek SoC

          • Ambroos

            It's not made by Sony but an Asian company. There are one or two people at Sony working on porting the Sony apps and themes to the Xperia C but the system itself (hardware and all the base software) is made by another company.

    • lordmerovingian

      Wait wait wait, is this a typo? 512MB RAM and 4GB storage, in 2014, and from Sony of all companies?
      I don't mind about the software being 4.3 (works just fine) but hardware is fixed..

      • Max

        Dude, it's going to be like £99. It's a cheap PAYG smartphone. You need to reign in your expectations.

    • Luka Mlinar

      Did someone forget to tell Sony that 512MB of RAM makes the phone virtually unusable.

    • LE Sacks

      When will just one manufacturer realize that there is demand for a non-budget 4'' phone?
      I really want to ditch my iPhone for Android, ever since I got my Nexus 7... but I have a 7'' tablet and don't need a big-screen phone. I want a phone with 2 day battery life, discretely in my pocket, that'll still run appropriate apps smoothly and hold a memory card.

      • LE Sacks

        Oh, ah, right - Z1 compact. News at CES

    • eman

      I totally understand the need for mid-specs phones but there are too many of them.

      Apple sells one premium phone (well now there is another one) but its premium phone sells in millions more than any other phone. Sales of the S4 in one year were achieved by the iPhone 5s in one quarter.

      What if some of the companies (sony, HTC,...) scrapped all their mid-specs phone and focused on one phone per year.

      I hate to say that I cannot think of an extremely outstanding phone from Sony that people (other people not geeks) know about.

      Android deserves more premium phones than mid-specs' ones

      • Ambroos

        I don't know what region you're from but over here in Europe (Belgium) the Z and Z1 got a lot of praise, and people know about them. The camera quality and especially the fact that they're waterproof really is a selling point that works very, very well.

        • Cesar

          And that's great for you guys, but Stateside, Sony's mobile products might as well be nonexistent. I've literally never seen on of Sony's Xperia phones in person. I think a large part of it is simply that it's not available through carriers or major retailers. I see only one model of Xperia phone available through a retail chain here, and it has a total of 1 review. Compare that to something like the GS4, of which each entry on the site has well over 1000 reviews. The Xperia line really isn't known in the US, which is a shame because some of them look like really good phones.

    • EBE

      Last year's Xperia M is much better than Xperia E1 and cheaper too :D

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

        Xperia L is cheaper and better than M in my country (Brazil), sometimes they don't have a clue of what they're doing.

    • warcaster

      The E1 better be $99/euro or less, otherwise it has no chance. Too bad because it's quite pretty (though quite thick). But that's super-low-end specs.

      And 512MB of RAM, but no KitKat? Come on, Sony. Surely that's an April 1st prank or something? No phone released in 2014 should come without KitKat!

    • Max

      I bet the 4.4 update for those devices will be awful, just like the ICS update was for the Sony devices which came with Gingerbread. Plus, the locked bootloader.

    • John Smith

      Looks nice - and hopefully the power button (at 0:40 in second video) lights up to show charge level.

    • Godspoken

      What in the world is a "Walkman button"?

      • atlouiedog

        Someone refusing to stop using a brand they own. Also probably a dedicated button that opens up the music player.

        My girlfriend's Sony Ericsson flip phone from about 12 years ago had one as well. It was a bit silly then.

        • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

          It was a great shortcut IMO (MODs could also map it to other functions including an app-switcher / missed calls / bookmarks), remember those were featurephones that didn't even let you put a shortcut in the home screen.