Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you have no doubt heard about Mozilla’s Firefox OS which is intended for lower-spec’d smartphones. While the OS is meant for “emerging markets”, Firefox OS is more than compatible with various budget devices thanks to the fact it is completely open-source, much like how the Android platform is. Sony took some time to utilize this notion for some of its upcoming devices and decided to fire up an experimental build of the OS on its Xperia E smartphone. What’s exciting is the fact that the early build is not only functional, but it actually works surprisingly well. Sony isn’t just operating this early build for just any reason, mind you. It has selected the Xperia E smartphone because it is encouraging developers and those who like to try things out to use the OS and provide some welcomed feedback. Once the feedback is received, it will begin developing and launching Firefox OS-powered devices sometime in the next year or so.
We know many of you are pretty eager to check this out, so why not hit the break and have a gander for yourself?
When it comes to releases, Carphone Warehouse seems to always give us a good indication on dates. Sony already announced the Xperia E budget phone, but didn’t tell us anything more than to expect it Q1 2013. Well Carphone Warehouse has a page to pre-register for the dual-SIM device, and it clearly states that it’s expected February 2013. Pricing should be around £130-£140 ($210 to $225).
Today Sony announced the Xperia E, a budget device that’ll sport a 3.5-inch HVGA 320 x 480 display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device will be available with either a single or dual (Xperia E dual) SIMs. Sony is marketing the device as, “affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones.” They also mention using the device while being able to “stay on top of your data and battery usage.” Apparently there is software which manages battery usage in order to get the most out of it. The E dual, dual SIM version, will offer the ability to switch between carriers with a single touch in order to “to stay on the most cost effective plan,” according to Sony.
As far as specs, we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, wireless DNLA connectivity, and a 1500 mAh battery. To beef up the sound quality, it’ll come with Walkman xLOUD and HD Voice. You can grab the Xperia E in either black, white, or pink flavors and the Xperia E dual in black or gold. There’s no word on pricing, but it’ll launch in Q1 2013. Hit the break for the full press release.