BUDGET WARS – SONY XPERIA E1 DUAL
Launching budget smartphones seems to be a new fashion trend with mobile phone companies. Now targeting the lower end smartphone market is Sony.
Launching budget smartphones seems to be a new fashion trend with mobile phone companies. Now targeting the lower end smartphone market is Sony. As the fact prevails that there is still a major portion of population in India yet to buy their very first smartphones, companies are not hesitating in providing the customers with more features at less pricing. For the buyers it’s like a treat from the mobile companies as they have high-quality smartphone options at affordable prices.
Sony has had a roller coaster ride with its smartphones. However, the sleek hardware of the Xperia Z2 and the stunning in its own way – Xperia M2 managed to get the company some promising feedbacks. Now the brand has entered the raging budget segment with Xperia E1 Dual. Let’s see if the phone has got it all to take over the segment which is currently being ruled by the Moto E.
On the Outside
The E1 Dual is almost identical to its single-SIM twin E1 when it comes to the chunky overall look. Sony continues to put in its characteristic features like two-toned body and the centre-placed power button on the right edge thereby making the Xperia E1 one of the best looking smartphones in its niche.
Weighing at 120 grams, the phone features a display that spans 4 inches diagonally. On screen navigation saves space that could have been wasted on plastic below the screen for hard-touch navigation. The front also features a Sony logo and a notification LED. The rear houses a camera lens, defined branding and a beastly speaker grille that spans across the entire width of the phone.
The right edge features a dedicated Walkman key along with the power button. However, interchanged locations of these buttons would have made using the device easier.
Specifications, Software and Features
The Xperia E1 Dual runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and integrated Adreno 302 graphics. 512MB of RAM and an internal memory of 4GB certify the phone as a low-end device.
The 4 inch display sports a resolution of 480x800 pixels which is quite good for the low price this smartphone comes in.
The 3 megapixel rear snapper is not accompanied by any flash whatsoever and a front cam is absent. The battery is rated at 1700mAh which comes as disappointing. However, there’s a good part too. The E1 Dual feature Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n along with A-GPS, digital compass and FM radio. The smartphone is also capable of supporting micro-SD cards up to 32GB of capable storage.
The Final Decree
You cannot expect Sony Xperia E1 Dual to be a speed beast. However, it comes off as a decent phone appropriate for daily usage along with some music and browsing going on side by side. While it stands right against the Moto E, HTC Desire 210 Dual SIM, Asus Zenfone 4 and other such devices, Sony, Motorola and Asus share almost the same spot, each with different strengths and weaknesses.
Slightly expensive than the Moto E, the Xperia E1 Dual is good for those who like its funky look and Sony’s Android skin.