Sony’s New Smartphone, Car Cradle Receiver & Smartbands

Sony has been busy working on new products to release first up this year. They have recently announced their first smartphone for 2014, the new Xperia E1 smartphone. Sony has also released a couple of gadgets: the in-dash smartphone cradle receiver and the smartband. Dusan Belic from Intomobile (7/1/14) steps us through theses gadgets.

Xperia E1 Smartphone

The Xperia E1 is a mid-range smartphone with pricing yet to be released however its estimated is will be on the lower side.

Specifications:

  • 4” WVGA (800 x 480) display
  • Fast 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 512 MB RAM and 4GB storage
  • Walkman key, shake to shuffle and hardware controls for easy music control
  • Fast data speeds with Cat 14 HSPA+
  • Available in white, black and purple

Sony Xperia E1 Colours

Like the Xperia T2 Ultra, the Xperia E1 will also be offered up in a “Dual” version that supports two SIM cards.

The mid-range handset looks like it will fit nicely into its market with a sleek Sony design.

Introducing Xperia™ E1 – simply the best smartphone in its class

  • Incredible music with a super-clear 100dB speaker and 30 days free access to millions of songs through the Sony Entertainment Network
  • Blaze through apps and the internet with the fastest processor in its class and fast data speeds
  • Experience all of this through the bright and clear 4” WVGA display encapsulated in the latest Sony design

14th January 2014, London, UK – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia E1, a new Android smartphone that brings Sony’s leading audio technologies together with expertise in display, design, performance and content to create a smartphone independently recognised as the “best smartphone in its class”.

“Xperia E1 combines the best of Sony’s audio technologies with a premium design and great hardware to create a smartphone for people who want to express themselves out loud.” said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “It’s a new, music focused player in our Xperia line-up that is underpinned by the best of Sony’s design, display and content offers.”

The best in its class

Xperia E1 is mid-tier smartphone with seriously premium credentials. A solid feel, fast processor and vivid 4” display combined with fast data speeds provides an all round performance that is unrivalled by any other phone in its class, whilst its audio experience and content offer provides real differentiation.

Great music everywhere

Sony’s audio heritage can be clearly heard in Xperia E1 as key technologies come together with the 100Db (with 100Db on your Xperia™ E1, even a motorcycle won’t interrupt your music), speaker to produce a louder, cleaner sound that can hold its own in any environment. With ClearAudio+ mode, instantly enhance your listening experience and optimise the balance of frequencies whilst xLOUD ensures that your tracks sound as good as they should – loud and crystal clear.

Intuitive WalkmanTM controls

Sony’s WalkmanTM technology hails from more than 30 years of premium audio experiences and Xperia E1 builds on this. Shake-to-shuffle controls and a dedicated “long press to launch” WalkmanTM button ensure that loading and navigating your tracks couldn’t be easier, whilst the latest generation of Sony’s “WALKMAN” App makes short work of combining on and offline music, creating playlists, as well as playing and sharing tracks. To top it all off, Xperia E1 comes pre-loaded with a 30 day pass for Sony’s Entertainment Network2 music streaming service so that you can explore the full functionality of the “WALKMAN” App and enjoy almost any song, almost anywhere.

Crystal clear 4” display

All of this is controlled from the vivid 4” touchscreen. Drawing on Sony’s background in TV technology, Xperia E1 incorporates expertise from across Sony’s digital display technologies to provide an immersive visual experience. Whether watching movies or viewing photos, the display looks both vibrant and clear.
The heart of your Sony experience
Xperia E1 connects via Bluetooth™ to Sony’s extended eco system so whether it’s through the SBH20 Stereo Bluetooth™ Headset for those who prefer to keep their music to themselves or the Bluetooth™ music receiver BM10 for those who need an even louder experience, Xperia E1 remains at the heart of your connected Sony music experience.

Dual SIM, no compromise

Also available is a new dual SIM smartphone, a variant of Xperia E1 which offers a new experience through the incorporation of Sony’s latest generation of dual SIM technology. You can set up both SIM cards independently with custom ring tones and instant, simple switching between SIMs before making calls or sending texts, whilst Sony’s dual SIM management technology means that you can keep both SIMs active, never missing a call, even when talking on one of them.

Xperia E1 features (& Xperia E1dual)

  • 4” WVGA (800 x 480) display
  • Fast 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 512 MB RAM and 4GB storage
  • WalkmanTM key, shake to shuffle and hardware controls for easy music control
  • Fast data speeds with Cat 14 HSPA+
  • Available in white, black and purple

Sony’s new in-dash Smartphone Cradle Receiver adds brains to your car

Sony unveiled the Smartphone Cradle Receiver (XSP-N1BT), with the aim to add brains to your car, the industry’s first product of this type. The best part is that it can be be used for different kinds of smartphones, not just those made by Sony. In fact, the XSP-N1BT can sing along the iPhone if its connected via USB.

Featuring the second generation AppRemote interface, the receiver can take touch or, even better, voice-based inputs from the driver or other passengers. Moreover, there’s the IR remote, allowing CD, USB and tuner source functionality even without a smartphone. The same remote can be utilized to select apps and head unit sources displayed on the App Remote menu screen.

It also charges your phone via an USB cable, or magnetic connector if you own one of the newer Xperia smartphones.

Sony unveils the Core and SmartBand wearable gadgets

Sony unveils the Core and SmartBand wearable gadgets

Aside from offering the SmartWatch, Sony wants to enter other “aspects” of the smart wearables market. At this year’s CES, the Japanese company has unveiled two cool devices – the Core and SmartBand.

The first of the two is made to record various information about your lifestyle. It syncs to a dedicated Android app called Lifelog only to tell you what kind of lazy person you are. Or, if you do lead an active lifestyle, you can get some useful numbers like calories burned, steps you’ve made, and minutes you’ve spent walking or running.

The Core can be attached to various other devices like the also-new Sony SmartBand. As you would imagine, this thing will occupy your wrist, keeping track of “every move you make.”

The Japanese company also announced a new wireless SBH80 Bluetooth headset, which supports NFC, HD Voice and aptX; as well as the forthcoming update to its SmartWatch 2.

Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headset

Finally, the company said this is just a beginning with more wearable news from Sony coming in the weeks and months to come.

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