Sitting in the same bracket as Sony’s Xperia Miro and Tipo budget smartphones, the Xperia E features a 3.5-inch HVGA screen in an ickle 113.5mm x 61.8mm x 11mm chassis. A 1GHz processor powers the show, with a 3.2MP camera on the rear for shooting basic snaps.Sony’s headlining features for the phone include HD voice and noise cancellation for crackle-free calling, and xLOUD technology with 3D surround, a DSP setting that should make your tunes feel…Xtra loud? We’re not sure, but in reality, the real headline feature here is the bang-up-to-date Jelly Bean features, including the great Google Now app that intelligently suggests news, information and places of interest based on your interests and browsing habits.
Sadly missing out on a Christmas release (this’d make a pretty good “My First Smartphone” for young teens), expect to pay around the £120 mark on a Pay As You Go deal when this launches in the new year.
By Gerald Lynch | December 5th, 2012