The Xperia E is a compact, pocket friendly smartphone, measuring just 113.5 x 61.8 x 11mm, and weighing in at just under 116g.
The handset sports a 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, which has a resolution of 320 x 480. Multitouch support is included, and the device will run the proprietary Sony Timescape UI.
At the bottom of the display the device has touch sensitive controls, whilst around the frame of the device are located the volume control keys, microphone and 3.5mm audio jack.
The quad band Xperia E supports HSPA high speed mobile broadband, up to 7.2Mbps downloads and uploads up to 5.76Mbps. GPRS and EDGE are included for connectivity outside 3G coverage, and the handset also offers WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, with WiFi Hotspot and DLNA support included.
Internal memory on the Xperia E is set to 4GB, of which 2GB is available to the user, with expansion via Micro SD memory cards, with cards up to 32GB officially supported.
Befitting a mid range smartphone the Xperia E includes a standard 3.2 Megapixel camera, with video recording enabled. Sadly there is no front facing camera, so no support for face-to-face video calling.
The handset is powered by a 1GHz processor, pretty standard again for a mid range device, however the device does run an up to date version of Android, Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean. This will include the superb Google Now service, along with the usual Google services included on Android devices, such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Calendar and Google Maps.
The Xperia E has a full media player onboard, supporting the usual range of digital formats for both video and audio, and there is also a stereo FM radio with RDS. Other notable features on the device includes GPS with aGPS support, photo editor, and second microphone for active noise cancellation.
The Xperia E is a decent enough device, nothing out of the ordinary for a mid range handset, with the added bonus of Android Jelly Bean installed out of the box. The device will have a limited market appeal, suitable for those looking for a gentle first smartphone, and budget conscious customers. The handset is a sure bet to appear on prepay soon after launch, and will likely be available on all networks from launch.
The Xperia E from Sony is set to launch in Q1 2013, and will be available in Black, Pink and White.