Sony has just unveiled two smartphones that are aimed at emerging markets, the T2 Ultra (above) and the E1 (below). Starting with the T2, it’s a 6.0 inch 720p phone that has an unknown Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon chip, 1 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel camera, 3000 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. The smaller E1 has a 4.0 inch display that pushes 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a speaker that’s rated at 100 decibels.
Let’s immediately ignore the E1, because any Android device with 512 MB of RAM is going to perform terribly. Maybe the reviews will say otherwise, but for now, it’s impossible for me to recommend an Android device with anything less than one gigabyte of RAM. I know this sounds harsh, but Sony, you’ve made a huge mistake. Including a month of of Sony Music Unlimited is nice, and it might help you push some more units out the door, but you should’ve just thrown in more RAM.
On the flip side, I’m in love with the T2 Ultra. Some of you may think 720p at 6.0 inches is a crime against humanity, but I lived with the 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega for a month and found it perfectly adequate. The phone is also 7.6 mm thin. When was the last time “budget” and “thin” were seen in the same sentence? The giant battery and 4G LTE connectivity is also impressive, but there’s a small catch.
Neither the T2 nor E1 have prices. We know the T2 will be aimed at Asian markets, whereas the E1 will have a wider rollout, but again, without a price, it’s impossible to say whether you should buy these phones or something that’s a better value.
All that said, I still want a T2 to play with. Shame it’s not headed to Europe.