Its only been a few weeks since IFA and it seems its needed this long to digest all the releases and announcements that were made. Amongst all the furore Sony caused a few stirs when they announced they were releasing five new devices. These included their new Smartwatch, aptly named SmartWatch 3 and a new tablet, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. In terms of smartphones Sony also announced the launch of three new handsets, the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia E3. Since the announcement most of the attention has been on the flagship devices Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. However it may be worth taking a second look at the smaller sibling of the Z3 handsets, the E3. Especially when you consider this seems to be the first device to hit the market (in stock).
There’s no escaping the fact that the Xperia E3 is the baby of the group and certainly designed as a budget (and pocket) friendly device. The E3 comes with a 4.5” IPS display with a 480 x 854p (218 ppi) resolution. Inside the device there is a Quad-Core 1.2 GHz 400 Snapdragon processor and 1 GB RAM. In terms of memory the E3 offers 4GB internal and of course the standard micro SD card slot (up to 32 GB). The E3 also comes with a 5 MP rear camera and VGA front shooter. If you are interested in the battery (of course you are) then the E3 sports a 2330 mAh battery. It is also worth noting the device comes running on Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Although the E3 is now currently available to order, it is only available (at the moment) in India. It is presently unclear if the device will launch in the US although it is believed will be available in Europe towards the end of the month. For the Indian consumers out there the E3 comes in two colours (black and white) and two variants, a single-SIM and dual-SIM with a small price difference between the two. The standard-SIM can be picked up Rs 11,990 (roughly $195) while the dual-SIM version is currently listed at Rs 12,190 ($200) which is down from its recommended retail of Rs 13,490 ($220).