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Sony unveils Xperia T2 Ultra phablet and Xperia E1 smartphone with a focus on entertainment

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It’s been a year packed with new products for Sony so far — after debuting the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Z1s Android smartphones at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show last week, it has today announced another two smartphones with a focus on entertainment features, the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia E1.

The Xperia T2 Ultra is a massive smartphone with a six-inch screen and was designed specifically with customers from emerging markets including China, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia-Pacific in mind, Sony says. It is therefore priced mid-range (though pricing is yet to be confirmed), but features a HD display and a 13-megapixel camera with add-ons such as portrait retouch and collage creation. It runs on a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, has 1GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery.

The Xperia T2 Ultra will also have integrated movies and music from Sony Entertainment Network out-of-the-box, the company says.

The Xperia E1, by contrast, is a mid-tier Android smartphone with a 4.4-inch display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and a 1,700 mAh battery.

Sony focuses on audio for the Xperia E1 — it comes with a 100Db speaker to produce a louder and cleaner sound. It also features shake-to-shuffle controls and a dedicated ‘long press to launch’ Walkman button to access your music faster. The Xperia E1 will also come pre-loaded with a 30-day pass for Sony’s music streaming service, Music Unlimited.

Both smartphones also come with dual-SIM capability. The Xperia T2 Ultra will launch in major markets in the first quarter of this year, while the release date for the Xperia E1 is as yet unknown.

Headline image via David Becker/Getty Images

Published January 14, 2014 — 10:05 UTC