Together with the flagship Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, Sony has just announced the new Xperia E3 at IFA 2014. It aims to sell the Xperia E3 with an affordable price tag, but without compromised any necessary features you will need in a smartphone.
You might still remember that Sony Xperia E1 was only announced early this year in January. There is no Xperia E2, even though there were some rumors, and the company already prepares to launch the E3 eight months after the E1. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat, the Xperia E3 fits your hand nicely with a 4.5-inch WVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display.
The built in 1GB RAM is good enough for normal usage, though, the 4GB internal storage might be not enough for some as net free storage space will be even lesser than 4GB. Fortunately, there is a microSD card slot to at least keeping your music files.
Although the Xperia E3 is said to be an entry level smartphone, it has a 5 megapixel camera that can do 1080p video recording. The build in camera app also brings you various useful mode like HDR, Timeshift burst and AR effect. It is not sure if Sony managed to work around to bypass the Android KitKat restriction to save your photos in microSD card instead of using the precious 4GB internal storage.
Connectivity wise, Xperia E3 comes with WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0. It will comes in four variants (D2203/D2206/D2243/D2202) for different 3G / LTE bands. D2202 is the only model that does not have LTE network support.
Sony did not reveal the retail price of Xperia E3 yet, it should be launched later this year, together with a Xperia E3 Dual model (dual SIM card slot).