Sony has just announced the new Xperia E smartphone sporting a 3.5-inch HVGA 320 x 480 display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (though the specs indicate ICS), available with single or "Xperia Edual" mode SIMs. It's touting the new handset as a way to "stay on top of your data and battery usage," sporting special software that disables WiFi and data traffic when the screen has been asleep for more than a few minutes. With the dual-SIM option, you'll also be able to switch between carriers with a single touch "to stay on the most cost effective plan." It'll come with HD Voice and Walkman xLOUD technology for optimal sound quality, according to Sony, and other specs include a 1GHz processor, wireless DNLA connectivity, a 1500 mAh battery and black, white or pink color options. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it'll launch in Q1 2013 according to the PR, which you can find along with a video right after the break.
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Sony introduces Xperia™ E – An affordable smartphone with HD Voice, data usage monitoring and battery power management
5th December 2012, London, United Kingdom
Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") today announced a new affordable addition to its Xperia smartphone range, Xperia E. Sony's latest Android smartphone will be available in both single and dual SIM versions from Q1 2013.
Xperia E is a compact and competitively priced smartphone that is engineered for simplicity. Available in black, white and pink, Xperia E boasts outstanding HD Voice quality that makes phone calls clearer than ever before. It also features noise cancellation that filters out background noise so consumers can hold crystal clear conversations in any environment.
Xperia E has also been designed to let consumers stay on top of cost and power consumption. The data usage application monitors how much is being spent and the extended standby mode increases the standby time up to 4 times. When the screen has been in sleep mode for a few minutes, Wi-Fi and data traffic will be disabled and most applications will be inactive to save battery life. However, calling and messaging will continue to work as normal. Once you touch the screen to wake the device up from standby, all functions are back to normal.
It will also be available in a dual SIM version – Xperia Edual – so that consumers can easily switch between tariffs with just one touch to stay on the most cost effective plan.
"Consumers looking to take their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones would be well advised to look at Xperia E or Xperia E dual. They are perfect for those seeking affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones," said Calum MacDougall, Director Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.
Xperia E comes equipped with superior sound quality with the in-built "WALKMAN®" application that includes xLOUD™ audio technology, 3D surround sound and a manual equalizer. With access to millions of music tracks1 from the cloud based streaming service, Music Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network2, consumers can also easily view and share their content on TV, tablet and PC with DLNA wireless connectivity.
Xperia E will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) for the latest Android user experience3.