Sony Xperia E1 goes on sale, only in India for now
The Sony Xperia E1 has now gone on sale, with the first country to get the handset in stock being India. We’re not aware of the smartphone being available anywhere else yet, despite some pre-order pages in Europe having mentioned March 10 as a shipping date. That day has come and gone, and the Xperia E1 is still nowhere to be found in Europe, but if you’re in India you’re in luck.
Apparently both the single-SIM and the dual-SIM versions of the Xperia E1 are now up for grabs in India. The dual-SIM Xperia E1 Dual costs Rs. 9899 at Infibeam, and Rs. 9750 at Flipkart, while the single-SIM E1 is only available at the latter retailer, though for Rs. 9990 – which means it’s more expensive than its dual-SIM twin.
That’s not something that happens often, because generally it’s the dual-SIM phones that are more expensive than the single-SIM ones. Yet perhaps the retailers expect the Xperia E1 Dual to be the best seller of the duo in India, so they’ve priced it accordingly. Sony’s official recommended pricing for the single-SIM version is Rs. 9490, and Rs. 10490 for the dual-SIM Xperia E1 Dual.
The Sony Xperia E1 (and the E1 Dual alongside it) was announced in January. The two devices are identical, save for the number of SIM cards they support. The Xperia E1 comes with 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.