Sony are continuing their headlong charge into 2014 with a few more announcements. Not only did they announce the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile but now, they're announcing some more affordable options. With the Xperia T2 Ultra, Sony have delivered a large screen experience for those on a budget and with the Xperia E1, coming in at 4-inches they have an option for those looking for a smaller device. There's a lot to love about the Xperia E1, especially if you're not in the market for a super high-end device and those that just want a small device for everyday smartphone sort of things.
Specs wise, the 4-inch display features an 800 x 480 display, a Snapdragon 200 dual-core CPU at 1.2 Ghz, 512MB of RAM and a 1,700 mAh battery. Storage wise there's 4GB onboard that's expandable with microSD cards up to 32GB. The specs here aren't the best and compared to the T2 Ultra, they really do show their age but, the Xperia E1 does have a trick up its sleeve. With a 100 db speaker, the Xperia E1 is great for music on the go. In fact, this is where Sony hope the Xperia E1 can stand out a little, by offering a decent music experience in their smartphones. There's a Walkman button on the top of the device to get you straight to your music and Sony will give owners a free 30 day subscription to the Sony Entertainment Network.
Unlike the Xperia T2 Ultra, there's no 4G LTE here, just HSPA+ connectivity and it should be retailing for around â‚¬175 and will be available in the same emerging markets such as the Middle East, parts of Asia and also available in parts of Europe, too. While the Xperia E1 isn't the best specced machine out there, by a long shot, it's got some good features on it and for first smartphone buyers and those on a budget, it's an attractive proposition. You can take a look at more images of the Xperia E1 in the gallery below.