Sony unveils mid-tier music smartphone, phablet

Sony unveils mid-tier music smartphone, phablet

14 JAN 2014

Sony Mobile announced a pair of mid-tier smartphones, including a music-oriented device and another sitting in the phablet category.

The vendor’s Xperia E1 is said to “bring Sony’s leading audio technologies together with expertise in display, design, performance and content”, although its specifications put it firmly in the mid-tier.

It has a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz processor, HSPA connectivity, and a 100dB speaker “to produce a louder, cleaner sound that can hold its own in any environment”.

It also includes the latest-generation of the vendor’s Walkman app, and comes with a 30 day pass for the Sony Entertainment Network music streaming service.

Sony’s statement also said Xperia E1 has 4GB of storage – hardly generous of a media-oriented device. The vendor’s website said that it supports also supports microSD cards of up to 32GB capacity, however.

01_Xperia_T2_Ultra_ColorrangeXperia T2 Ultra is a large-screen (6-inch HD) device “designed specifically with customers from emerging markets in China, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific rim in mind”.

It features a 13MP camera, 1.4GHz quadcore processor, and 8GB of storage. It also includes LTE support.

In a statement, Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia Marketing for the vendor, said that “the efficiency of the design will allow it to remain the world’s most portable large screen smartphone”.

Both devices will be available in dual-SIM versions.

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