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Sony Xperia E and E dual Q1 2013 release date is now official

Sony has just announced two new smartphones, probably in an attempt to finish using all the letters of the alphabet. The Xperia E and E dual are two low-end smartphones and the latter features a dual-SIM slot, as the name suggests.

The Xperia E and E Dual smartphones feature a 1 Ghz Snapdragon MSM7227A CPU, a 3.5-inch HVGA 320×480 pixels display, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, expandable through a microSD card slot, a 3.2MP camera and a 1,500 mAh battery.

As you can see, their features really aren’t very good and they are comparable to high-end smartphones a few years old, which means they are headed to the low-end markets. Unfortunately Sony didn’tĀ announceĀ the pricing, but we can expect the two smartphones to be priced in the $200 range.

The good news is that they are coming with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is the second latest Android version. It would be nice to see 4.2 inside, though usually phone makers don’t struggle very much for low-end devices.

According to Sony, the release date for both Xperia E and Xperia E dual will be in early 2013, which might be a bit too late for these specs, considering that by then the high-end bar will raise even more and this is what also raises the low-end bar.

We have tested devices with similar features on Android 4.1 and they don’t perform very well, considering that Jelly Bean has some decent requirements. While the devices might be good for simple tasks, you won’t be able to do much with such a low-end device. Hopefully Sony will keep the price as low as possible, especially keeping this in mind.

If we find out more about an exact release date or pricing we will let you know. Would you buy the Xperia E or E dual for about $200 without a contract ?