Sony’s recently-announced Xperia Z1s just became available on T-Mobile, but the company on Tuesday unveiled two other new handsets coming soon as well. Unike the high-end Z1s flagship, the 6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra and the music-focused Xperia E1 aren’t likely to see a release in the U.S. Instead, both Android phones come in dual-SIM variants and are aimed at emerging markets.
The Xperia T2 Ultra (pictured above) looks like a solid midrange device, with a 6-inch 720p display. It’s powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, though Sony doesn’t say which model. There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.1-megapixel camera on the front, along with many (but not all) of the camera apps you’ll find on the Z1s. A 3000mAh battery should provide plenty of power for the 720p screen, though you only get 8GB of internal storage (along with a microSD card slot expandable up to 32GB).
Physically, the T2 Ultra fits into the Xperia lineup quite nicely. It’s sleek and minimal, though it looks to be covered in plastic rather than glass. The phone measures just 0.30 inches thick, which is the same as the iPhone 5s. At 6.1 ounces, it’s a little heavy though. The phone will come in LTE and HSPA-only versions.
Sony’s other new handset, the Xperia E1, is a relatively low-end phone, albeit one with a pretty major speaker. The specs sound like a holdover from two years ago: An 800 x 480 display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1700mAh battery. The only really interesting thing here is that 100Db speaker, which you can see figures quite prominently on the back of the phone:
According to Sony, you’ll be able to hear the Xperia E1 even over the sound of a motorcycle. I can’t imagine that kind of volume coming out of smartphone will make for the utmost in sonic purity, but sometimes just being able to hear something is good enough. Sony says that its ClearAudio+ mode and xLOUD technologies will enhance audio quality and balance out frequencies, but I think the key takeaway is that this phone is loud. It also has a physical button to access Sony’s Walkman app, and comes with a 30-day trial for Sony’s music streaming service. Unlike the T2 Ultra, this phone tops out at HSPA+.
There’s no pricing or availability information yet for either of these phones, but I imagine the E1 will be priced significantly lower, and roll out to more markets, than the T2 Ultra. That said, I don’t expect to see either phone make it to the U.S.