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 Sony Xperia E Out now
5th December 2012

The Sony Xperia E is a low-end Android smartphone due to hit the market early next year, but there's a key twist that potentially makes this a rather interesting device.

There's a 3.5" 320 x 480 pixel display, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor and all the usual features.. so far, so much the same as everything else. But the interesting thing is that the Xperia E is available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM configurations, the latter being called the Xperia E dual.

The single-SIM version will run Android 4.1 out of the box, the dual-SIM version will run Android 4.0 with an upgrade to 4.1 promised. We suspect that the difference is due to the complexities of managing two SIMs and two cellular radios, but for all practical purposes the handsets seem identical apart from that.

All the standard Android features are here such as 3.5G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB connectivity. There's also an FM radio and all the usual Sony media enhancements that make the Xperia line a bit more fun than some other smartphones.

 Sony Xperia E Inside is a decently sized 1530 mAh battery which is quoted as giving up to 6 hours talktime and 22 days standby time. The Xperia E measures 114 x 63 x 11.0mm and weighs 116 grams.

As with most Sony devices, this is a rather attractive handset which looks quite expensive but we guess will actually be rather cheap to buy.

We don't know which markets the single-SIM Xperia E and dual-SIM Xperia E dual will ship to (or how much they will cost), although given the choice we'd definitely go for the flexibility offered by the dual-SIM device. The single-SIM version will be available in black, white and pink, the Xperia E dual will be available in black and gold.

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Sony Xperia E at a glance

Available:

Q1 2013

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS 900 / 2100 or
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100  

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi

Screen:

3.5" 320 x 480 pixels

Camera:

3.2 megapixels

Size:

Medium tablet smartphone

114 x 62 x 11mm / 116 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Android 4.0 (dual-SIM) or 4.1 (single-SIM)

Battery life:

6 hours talk / 22 days standby

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