From the Makers of the Walkman: Xperia E1 Smartphone

Sony has released a new smartphone in its Xperia line, the Android-based Xperia E1, and this one is all about the music. The “music-focused” mid-tier phone demonstrates Sony’s “audio heritage” with a louder and clearer listening experience, the company said.

Features like a 100Db speaker and “shake-to-shuffle” controls aim to appeal to music aficionados. More music features, such as playlists, are accessible via the Walkman app. The phone comes loaded with a 30-day free pass to Sony’s Entertainment Network music streaming service. The phone also connects via Bluetooth, so fans can sync their music experience across devices.

The Xperia E1 features a 4-inch touchscreen; 1.2 GHz dual-core processor; 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It comes in white, black and purple. A dual-SIM option is available, too.

Sony also introduced the Xperia T2 Ultra on Tuesday. The large-screen (6 inches) smartphone with a 13-megapixel camera is destined for emerging markets in China, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific Rim.

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