Handtec has put the Sony Xperia E handset, which was announced late last year, on preorder for £138. The smartphone comes with a two year warranty and the retailer doesn’t say when it will be shipped.
The device is resolutely entry level as indicated by its hardware list. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A, a single-core SoC clocked at 1GHz with an Adreno 200 GPU, which is on par with the chipset that powered the popular HTC Desire.
Other features include 512MB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 3.5in display with a HVGA resolution, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 3.2-megapixel camera with VGA video recording, optional HD Voice and Sony Entertainment network, GPS, DLNA certification and a 1,500mAh battery that can power the phone for up to 33 hours.
There’s also a number of Sony Xperia features like the TimeScape user interface, Infinite button, local connectivity and the Xperia home screen application.
Sony will have a hard time selling the Xperia E though because other handsets, notably the Xperia U, offer much more for a tiny premium.