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Sony’s Budget Xperia E3 Smartphone Launches In India

September 16, 2014 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Sony unveiled three smartphones at this year’s IFA in Berlin. Two high-end ones most people probably know about, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact and the budget Xperia E3. This device features a 4.5-inch IPS display 854 x 480 in resolution along with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage (expandable via MicroSD card up to 32GB). Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz is powering this thing which comes with Adreno 305 GPU for graphics processing. 5-megapixel camera is located at the back of this device while it also has a front-facing shooter which sports VGA resolution. Xperia E3 comes with a non-removable 2330mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed with Sony’s very own UI on top of it.

The device has launched in India for those interested. It is available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants. The former will cost you Rs. 11,790 ($194) while the latter one is priced at Rs. 12,790 ($210). These devices are available in black and white color variants. Sony Xperia E3 is a budget device, no doubt about it. It’s specifications are not exactly something that would attract a hardcore smartphone user, but it will do the job. Snapdragon 400 is a great processor and this device can easily be considered Moto G’s competition for this market segment, although I believe Moto G will sell better than Sony’s offering for a bunch of reasons. Many people don’t like the desing of this handset all that much, I have to say I’m not the fan of those extremely thick bezels either, Sony should have done better when that is concerned. This is just my honest opinion though, of course.

What do you think about this device, is it something you’d buy or recommend someone else buy? Do you consider those bezels to be too thick as well? Interesting enough, this device is up for sale only a day after Google announced the first batch of Android One devices in that very same country. Even those Android One devices could be considered a direct competitor to this device and I actually believe they’re a better buy and almost half the price of this device.