Sony Xperia T2 Ultra phablet and Xperia E1 low-end smartphone announced, dual-SIM versions coming too
Today Sony has introduced two new devices in its growing Android portfolio, and they each have a dual-SIM version as well. So ladies and gents, meet the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T2 Ultra Dual, Xperia E1, and Xperia E1 Dual.
Let’s start by acknowledging that Sony’s gone completely insane with its naming scheme. There was never an Xperia T1, just the Xperia T from 2012. And now we’re jumping to T2 – which, by the way, is a phablet, unlike the T which at the time was the company’s flagship device. You’d think this made sense, but it doesn’t for Sony – remember that the Z1 is the successor to the Z. And even the E1 introduced today seems to succeed the Xperia E in Sony’s lineup.
Anyway, the Xperia T2 Ultra is probably called Ultra to let us know that it’s a phablet. Sony’s only other handset to sport that moniker, the Z Ultra, is also a phablet. This is no high-end offering, though. Rather, it’s aimed at those who want a giant phone but don’t necessarily need (or can afford) it to come with top of the line innards. It may be going after Samsung’s Galaxy Mega line, also comprised of huge midrangers.
The Xperia T2 Ultra comes with a 6-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 1.1 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support for expansion, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 165.2×83.8×7.65 mm, and it weighs 172 grams. The Xperia T2 Ultra Dual is identical, just adding dual-SIM support.
It’s unclear when exactly it will become available, but it’s geared towards China, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific rim. As for pricing, the Xperia T2 Ultra should come in at around €400.
The Xperia E1 is probably the successor to the Xperia E that was released last year, though it’s still a low-end handset through and through. It just serves to let us know how the low-end goal posts have moved over the past year or so.
The Sony Xperia E1 has a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 3 MP rear camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor (MSM8210), 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an extremely loud 100 dB speaker, and a 1,700 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 118×62.4×12 mm, and it weighs 120 grams. It also has a dual-SIM version called Xperia E1 Dual.
It will be offered in white, black, and purple, and should cost around €175. Once again, we don’t know when it will be out, and in this case we don’t even know where. But since Sony hasn’t said anything on the matter, we’re assuming it will get a wider release than the Xperia T2 Ultra.
Buying an Android phone with 512 MB of RAM, and one that doesn’t run Android 4.4 KitKat and isn’t likely to ever be updated to that version is simply not something we’d recommend, no matter how strapped for cash you may be. And at around the same price as the Xperia E1 (at least in Europe) you can buy the Moto G, which has much better specs – do keep that in mind.