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With the increased dominance of the low priced smartphones, the manufacturers are literally forced to launch such handsets in the country. Japanese tech firm Sony is one of them, who is also in an aggressive spree to occupy all ranges of consumers.
It can be said so as Sony unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean based Xperia E and its dual SIM variant Xperia E Dual in December 2012. Moreover, there were reports going on claiming that the handsets will make their debut in India in March.
According to a KnowYourMobile report, Xperia E and Xperia E Dual will be arriving in India by the end of this month. Also, of the duo, it is claimed that the dual SIM variant will be the first one and that Xperia E will come behind. Further, the report also tips that Xperia E and Xperia E Dual will be priced at Rs 11,000 and Rs 12,000 respectively.
Talking about specifications, the mid-range smartphones will sport a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3.2MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,530 mAh.
While Xperia E will be launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS out of the box, the dual SIM variant of the same will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will receive the Jelly Bean upgrade later.
If Xperia E Dual, which is the first one of the duo to enter the Indian smartphone territory is priced at Rs 12,000, then it is definite that the handset will enter a direct rivalry with Samsung, who has already established its foothold in that particular market segment with Galaxy S Duos.
As far as specs are concerned, Galaxy S Duos smartphone houses a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the handset is equipped with a 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 4GB internal memory, 768MB RAM, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB and 1,500 mAh Li-ion battery. Further, Galaxy S Duos is priced at Rs 13,100 in India making it a reasonable offering.
Analyzing the specs, it is clear that Galaxy S Duos has a better display and an improved camera performance with a front camera for video calling as well. However, Xperia E Dual with the ability to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and speculated to come at a lower price tag can be a stiff competitor to the Samsung handset.