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Sony’s Xperia E1 Goes on Sale in India; Practically an Android Powered Speaker

March 12, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Sony have slowly but surely built up a reputation of delivering decent experiences at lower price points and the Xperia E1 is yet another device to result from those efforts. On the face of things, there’s really not much to write home about with the Xperia E1, but for how much it costs, it’s a compelling option in the face of the Nokia X. With the Moto G going so cheaply – even here in the US – can the Xperia E1 compete, even in emerging markets such as India?

With its 4-inch 800 x 480 display, a 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core Snapdragon 200, 3-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, this is not a device that holds up well on paper. However, in person it should at least sound like a good buy, with the rear panel of the E1 showing off that 100 decibel speaker that should deliver some pretty decent listening opportunities, especially when you consider its low price point. The device has gone up for sale in India, and Sony’s official price is just RS 10,400, with retailers such as Infibeam offering it for RS 9,999. That’s a pretty decent deal, especially from a brand name like Sony, which often charges a premium in such areas of the world.

Competition is fierce in parts of the world where the Xperia E1 is perfect for, thanks to the likes of the Moto G, which is available for RS 12,499 with 8GB of storage. We reviewed the Moto G and found it a remarkably capable device for the money, and with the Xperia E1 not that much cheaper, we wonder if Sony should have better thought out their pricing or perhaps upped the specs on the device in the first place. This, and other devices from Sony, are only really meant for developing markets so, it’s interesting to see that their pricing doesn’t seem quite as competitive, but there’s always room for a price drop down the line. Do you think this is worth it? Let us know what you think!