Announced over a year ago, the Sony Xperia E1 was a great low-end smartphone which has proven a superb entry-level device, and it looks like it might be getting a successor.
Leaked details from a Spanish smartphone website have revealed a spec sheet for the device, which is apparently going to be named the Sony Xperia E1 II rather than the E2.
The site also shows a picture of the older E1 handset, meaning that it’s likely that details of the handset have been leaked whilst a picture hasn’t.
Whilst we haven’t seen an updated design for the E1 II, we have been greeted by quite a pleasant spec sheet upgrade this time around.
The 4” display does stay the same size, but the resolution has improved to 540x960, making it sharper than the older handset.
The dual-core processor from the original E1 has also been upgraded to a 1.3GHz quad-core effort (even though the listing does mention a 1.4GHz effort as well), but either way it’s quite a bump in terms of speed.
Further improvements are also shown with the 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board storage, both of which have doubled up over the previous E1 spec sheet.
The camera has also moved on to a 5 megapixel rear-mounted lens, with a 2 megapixel front camera also making the cut on the selfie front.
Android 4.4 KitKat is also a nice update over the JellyBean version which is currently in place on the E1, even if a planned update to KitKat should be arriving sooner or later.
Overall, the spec sheet for the E1 II certainly looks like a nice improvement for the Sony handset if it does turn out to be on the money.
Due to its entry level style, the E1 wasn’t exactly mind-blowing when it came down to design, with a simple and practical look favoured over a more flamboyant one.
Whilst there’s no confirmed change to the design yet, we don’t expect anything special, with dimensions of the handset set to stick with the same overall look.
The same white, black and purple colourways are likely to be on show yet again, barring some excessive change of heart behind the scenes at Sony.
The standard plastic chassis is also pretty much guaranteed to be included, keeping the price of production down to make the device as cheap as possible.
Whilst information about the handset is scarce for now, it’s unlikely that the E1 II will miss a chance like MWC to make an appearance.
The Barcelona based event will prove an ideal event to get the handset some press, as well as giving users a chance to play with it before picking it up.
In terms of a price tag, you can expect to see the Xperia E1 II settle at a similar price to the E1 when it was launched, so around £80-£90 would be your best bet.
Written by Luke Hatfield