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SONY Xperia E1

An entry level device that’s designed to give new Android users a taste of the entire Android experience. This phone is also perfect for the younger crowd. How and why? Click here to find out more about this phone.

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Sony Xperia E1: Entry Level Smartphone That’s Classy

The smartphone that’s meant to attract the young and the first time smartphone users. It’s basically a grown-up version of the Sony Xperia E because it features more brain power, bigger screen size, and could stay afloat even in the rough waters. The best thing about it is that its price is as humble as it could get. Contrary to its predecessor (the Xperia E), the Xperia E1 is the cool kid on the block, because of its aesthetics. It flaunts a rugged yet sporty look, which is not just for aesthetic purposes. On top of that is the Walkman function which is a nod to Sony’s classic music player label.

Not Your Average Entry Level Display

The Sony Xperia E1 is built with a 4” TFT LCD display. It sports a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. The color reproduction of its display is decent all thanks to Sony’s graphic engine. Though the Bravia engine isn’t present in this device, it still manages to dish out the best for a 4-incher. On the other hand, it viewing angles are versatile and could easily shift colors appropriately in certain angles in order to resonate the display as vivid as possible.

Standard Camera

A youth and an Android newbie oriented device that provides all the essentials that they could possibly need. Its camera is basically a testament to that. The Xperia E1’s camera sports a 3.15MP sensor that could capture decent quality photos and could capture SVGA videos at 30fps.

Sufficient Processing Unit

The Sony Xperia E1 comes equipped with a sufficient Dual-Core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 processor, which conforms to the minimum standard of desktop processors. On top of that, it’s paired with an Adreno 302 GPU to support graphic driven applications and games. The processor and GPU are paired with a 1GB RAM for a smooth multitasking experience.

Storage and Memory

The storage space of the Xperia E1 is 4GB and is expandable up to 32GB via dedicated microSD slot. You can carry around enough music, movies, and application to keep you company all day long.

Expert Reviews

Reviewed on 2015-04-11
Good Build Quality, Excellent music player and sound quality, Budget phoneLess than impressive camera, Average battery life, Low RAM mars the performance
It has been a long struggle for Sony to match with its competitors. The phones offered were never at par with competition with respect to configurations and other specifications. That perception is slowly changing with a couple of top class models launche...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-30
The camera needs a lot of work but the Sony Walkman app almost compensates for it. The Xperia E1 has really great audio and an awesome battery management system that you'll forgive its shortcomings.I haven't held a Sony handset in ages. The last one I own...
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Reviewed on 2014-07-31
Low price, Decent interface, Good camera modesFairly poor, low, res screen, Insufficient RAM, Weak battery life
The Sony Xperia E1 is a cheap phone – about as affordable as Sony makes. It's small, doesn't have all that many cutting-edge features and can't afford to be quite as stylish as its big brother the Sony Xperia Z2.However, there are benefits to a phone like...
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Reviewed on 2014-07-30
Low price, Decent interface, Good camera modesFairly poor, lowres screen, Insufficient RAM, Weak battery life
The Sony Xperia E1 is a cheap phone – about as affordable as Sony makes. It's small, doesn't have all that many cutting-edge features and can't afford to be quite as stylish as its big brother the Sony Xperia Z2.However, there are benefits to a phone like...
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Reviewed on 2014-07-17
Pretty cheap, Sony interface looks good on a budget mobileLowrent design and screen, A bit laggy, Very limited storage
The Sony Xperia E1 is a phone for people who think those buying £500 phones are mugs. Well, those people and kids. It costs about £70, meaning you won't have to swear off everything pleasurable just to afford the thing.What you lose in the trade-off is pr...
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Reviewed on 2014-07-16
Good looks and build quality, Walkman features and sound quality, Decent value for moneyAwkward button placement, Average battery life, Unsatisfactory camera quality
Sony is just one of a growing number of international companies now attacking the bottom end of the Indian smartphone market. It isn't surprising, considering how much growth there is to tap in India, and how many people are still yet to buy their first s...
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Reviewed on 2014-07-03
Let us face it, in India there are more people who go for the cheaper more affordable phone than the high end flagships. Hence, atleast in India the main competition is to bring out the better budget smartphone. Sony has done a spectacular job in the lowe...
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Reviewed on 2014-07-01
It's cheap, Not as anonymouslooking as some budget phones, Decent custom interfaceLimited screen quality, Performance and stability issues, Poor camera
What is the Sony Xperia E1? The Sony Xperia E1 is a small, affordable Android phone that makes sense for people who want to steer clear of expensive contracts. Selling for around £70, it would also make a good first smartphone for younger folk. In several...
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Reviewed on 2014-06-14
Sharp and responsive screen, Speech quality, Headset included, Battery power saving mechanisms runtimes, Build, Though the speaker is very loud...it soon overdrives and is trebleheavy, Tight internal storage, Not App2SD capable, Moderate camera unit, No frontfacing camera, Slightly cheaplooking plastic, but very robust
Sony continues its affordable entry-level Xperia E smartphone line and launches the 4-inch Xperia E1. Its focus is on the low price of 129 Euros (~$174, RRP), and the music player feature with a dedicated Walkman hardware button that enables directly acce...
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Reviewed on 2014-06-04
While Sony's top end Xperia Z2 spares no expense in delivering you topnotch design and materials, the E1 only carries over the design. That's not to say its materials are bad the plastic construction is surprisingly solid and robust, and lightweight too....While Sony has done a good job in bringing over its trie sand tested Xperia design to the E1, its build quality and design doesn't match up to Nokia's topnotch Lumia designs, which look good even on the lowend Nokia's excellent Lumia 630 for instance. The...
If Motorola's bargain Moto G has proved anything, it's that cheap and cheerful is in this year, and now Sony is getting in on the affordable market with its brand new Xperia E1. With its low £99 price tag, Walkman music focus and plastic construction, it ...
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Reviewed on 2014-06-01
Walkmans have come a long way and if you're a 90s kid, you pretty much know what I'm talking about. Now evolved into a mobile device, Sony has continued to keep the Walkman brand intact and has been incorporated into their mobile devices with audio being ...
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Reviewed on 2014-05-27
Rugged build, Expandable storage, Walkman buttonRubbish speaker, Lacklustre screen, Iffy camera
Our full review of the Sony Xperia E1 smartphone, an £80 mobile with a focus on music, with a dedicated Walkman button.Oh look, another sub-£100 smartphone. We've only gone and reviewed two of these already in the past week: Motorola's Moto E (£89.99 here...
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Reviewed on 2014-05-22
Solid build quality, decent battery lifeSluggish processor, not waterproof
At the bottom of Sony's Xperia range is the E1, which aims to offer sophisticated smartphone capability for a fraction of the price of the high-enders. Chassis and screen It's a solidly built device in two-tone textured plastic, with the distinctive Son...
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Reviewed on 2014-05-22
Sony's Xperia Timescape interface is pleasantly designed and nice to use, Display is generally decent, Reasonable audio quality over headphones socket, HconnectivityBuiltin camera isn't great, Slow running at times, Disappointing battery life
Sony announced the Xperia E1 earlier this year, and the entry-level Android phone went on sale in UK stores in mid-March. It can currently be found for as low as...
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Reviewed on 2014-05-13
Raw performance is good, Decent build design, Included with Walkman app, Good battery life, Light on handPoor camera, Average display, Experiences stutters & lags while HD gaming, Suffers from hang ups while multitasking
The latest offering from the Japanese tech giant has been especially designed for the common man looking for some decent budget handset that delivers good performance and offers an utmost impressive music experience. Sony Xperia E1 Dual come loaded with t...
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Reviewed on 2014-05-12
Very solid build, Dedicated Walkman button, Impressively loud speakerSpeaker quality is poor, Sluggish performance, Short on storage
Sony's handset range runs the gamut from the latest high flyer, the new £599 Xperia Z2, through to the middle of the range £239 Xperia SP via the £349 Xperia Z – with a few models in between. Sitting at the most affordable end of the spectrum, the £99 Xpe...
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Reviewed on 2014-04-24
Vibrant Display, Superb Performance, Android 4.3, Loud Speakerphone, Free Sony MDRZX110A Headphones, Secondary Noisecancellation Microphone, Quality accessoriesBelow Average Camera, No Autofocus, No Frontcamera, Slightly bulky build, Just SVGA Video Recording, Apps not movable to SD card
Music is a big part of our lives. Although dedicated music players are now a thing of the past, music on your smartphone is still a big deal. Enter the Walkman, Sony's new Xperia E1 Dual wants to be the smartphone with a better audio experience for the ba...
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Reviewed on 2014-04-23
Sony has been making a comeback of sorts. A couple of years back, they were struggling to match the competition in price and were never on par in specifications but things started to change last year, when the company rebooted the brand and design wit...
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Reviewed on 2014-04-22
The biggest highlight of the Xperia E1 is the Walkman app. If you use a good pair of headphones, the sound output is impressive. The Walkman app launches a feature-rich music player. For example, the ClearAudio+ mode produces a more refined and clear soun...
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Reviewed on 2014-04-15
What's not to love about well-made affordable smartphones with a distinct feature that's not only marketable but adds character too? We don't mind aggressively priced either. Which the Sony Xperia E1 clearly is. It's built to a budget, but not a lazy ...
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Processor frequency

1.2 GHz

Processor family

Qualcomm Snapdragon

Processor model

MSM 8210

Processor cores



Display diagonal

10.2 cm (4")

Display resolution

800 x 480 pixels

Orientation sensor
Display type


Display number of colours

16.78 million colours

Touch technology


Touch screen type


Ports & interfaces

USB port
USB connector type

Micro-USB B

Weight & dimensions


120 g


6.24 cm


1.2 cm


11.8 cm


SIM card capability

Single SIM

2G standards


3G standards


Wi-Fi standards

802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth version


Bluetooth profiles


2G bands (primary SIM)

850,900,1800,1900 MHz

3G bands supported

900,2100 MHz

Security algorithms



Internal storage capacity

4 GB

Internal RAM

512 MB

Compatible memory cards

MicroSD (TransFlash)

Maximum memory card size

32 GB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
GPS (satellite)
Electronic compass


Operating system installed


Operating system version



Rear camera resolution (numeric)

3 MP

Built-in flash
Front camera
Digital zoom


Face detection
Video recording


Battery technology

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Battery capacity

1750 mAh

Talk time (2G)

8.2 h

Standby time (2G)

498 h

Talk time (3G)

8.7 h

Standby time (3G)

454 h

Continuous audio playback time

35.9 h

Continuous video playback time

8.2 h


Form factor


Colour of product



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