Sony confirms Xperia E smartphone

Sony has been talking up an iPhone competitor for early in the new year. We suspect it wasn't talking about the Sony Xperia E.

This is a more modest offering from Sony, but it does have one big selling point - Android Jelly Bean for the operating system. Bearing in mind Sony's difficulty in rolling that out for its premium handsets, that is quite a big plus for an affordable phone.

Aside from that, the features on the Xperia E are a little less headline-grabbing. It packs a 3.5-inch display with 320x480-pixel resolution, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor, which probably tells you all you need to know about the contract price of this handset. Mid-range (and at the lower end of that) all day long.

It also offers software to monitor and control data and battery usage, disabling Wi-Fi and data when the phone has been asleep for a period of time. On top of that, the Xperia E has HD Voice and Walkman xLOUD technology for better quality sound and a choice of single or dual-SIM handsets. There's a colour choice too, which is black, white, pink or gold.

No news on price as yet, but with the quad-core might of the Nexus 4 selling from £239, Sony will need to come in pretty cheap to be tempting us in with this.

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