Difference between Sony Xperia E and XOLO Q800

Key difference: The Sony Xperia E and E-Dual are two entry-level phones from Sony Mobile. The phone comes with a 3.5 TFT capacitive that has a ~165 ppi pixel density. It comes with a 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512 MB RAM. The Xolo Q800 is a Quad-core 1.2 GHz smartphone powered by MTK MT6589 and a 1 GB RAM. The phone runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It features a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels.

Sony is a popular smartphone company and has been launching popular phones under the Xperia Brand. Since, its separation with Ericsson, the company has introduced multiple phones in different ranges to cater to all types of demands. The widespread demand of smartphones has required many companies to start manufacturing low-end phones for the masses. The new 2013 line-up of Sony phones include the Sony Xperia E and E-Dual phones. These phones are identical to each other and only differ in some features.

The Sony Xperia E and E-Dual are two entry-level phones from Sony Mobile. These are the few of the cheapest models available on the market that have pretty decent features for a low-end phone. The phone has similar design themes to the older Sony phones with a slight inward curve and has shaved a lot of back bulk. The phone is slim and straight and is easy to operate using one hand. The company has also ditched the cheap, plastic back and replaced with it a rubber matte finish. This makes the back prone to fingerprint smudges, while the front screen is completely prone to fingerprints and dust smudges.

The front of the phone has a 3.5-inch display screen with three capacitive (Home, Menu and Back) buttons on the bottom. Above the screen is the earpiece, a hidden status LED and the proximity sensor. On the top end of the device, there is just a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the left side has a microUSB port. The bottom of the screen has a small LED light, while the right side of the device holds the volume rocker, power button and the dedicated camera key. The back of the devices holds the camera on the top and the loud speaker grille on the bottom.

The phone comes with a 3.5 TFT capacitive that has a ~165 ppi pixel density. In terms of technology these days, the resolution and the density is pretty weak, but as this is a entry-level the resolution is decent for the price. However, do not expect high definition resolution. The phone has pretty low contrast and poor viewing angles. The screen is made using scratch-resistant glass proving some sort of protection from scratches. The phone comes with the traditional Sony Timescape UI, which means it comes with certain built-in Timescape applications that are not removable.

In terms of speed and power, the phone is good for an entry-level model. It comes with a 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512 MB RAM. The phone supports 2G and 3G but not 4G. The Xperia E comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, which is a good set-up. The Xperia E-Dual comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwihch but can be upgraded to Jelly Bean. The Jelly Bean comes with all of the special features of Google, including Google Now. There are few modifications to the Android software. Upon unlocking the screen, the home screen has five screens, which are customizable. The differences between the ICS and Jelly Bean can be read in the article, The Difference between Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean on the website.

The major difference between the E and the E-Dual is that E-Dual supports dual SIM technology, while the E only supports single SIM. Both the phones come with a 3.15 MP back camera with a few features such as 4x digital zoom, Geotagging, Self-timer, Send to web and Touch capture. The camera does not have a great picture taking capability and has low resolution, but is okay for an entry-level phone. The phones also do not have a secondary camera, which means no video conferencing. However, it does have VGA video recording capability. The phone comes with 4 GB internal memory, of which 2 GB is available to the user and the memory is expandable up to 32 GB via microUSB card.

The phones come with a removable Li-Ion 1530 mAh battery that provides an okay battery capacity for an entry-level phone. The phone is considered as a no-nonsense android phone. The phone is a good entry-level phone and offers good features for its price. However, the person would have to sacrifice on secondary camera, photo resolution and a few features. The phone also offers certain neat features such as Overview mode (allows zooming out to see all open applications), Face Unlock, Wi-Fi tethering, Google Apps and Hand writing recognition.

Xolo is a subsidy of Lava, a technology and mobile phone company based in India. In addition to making handsets for the Indian Market, Lava has various other segments under its banner, such as tablets, datacards and routers. As the India market is very price sensitive, Lava has had to produce an affordable range of phones. The Android based smartphones of the company are mainly released under two of its brands: Iris and Xolo.

Xolo came around when Lava tied up with Intel to release the Intel based smartphone, the Intel AZ510 in India. The phone was branded as Xolo X900. The brand endured and now handles Lava’s mid-range Android-based smartphones. The Xolo Q800 is one such hone that Lava has recently released into the market.

The Xolo Q800 is a Quad-core 1.2 GHz smartphone powered by MTK MT6589 and a 1 GB RAM. The phone runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It features a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has an internal memory of 4GB and an expandable memory that is upgradeable up to 32GB. It also features an 8 MP camera with BSI sensor and a 1 MP secondary front-facing camera for video calling.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, Xolo website, fonearena.com and GSMArena.com. Unless specified, the information is the same for both phones.


Sony Xperia E/E-Dual


Launch Date

E: March 2013

E-Dual: January 2013

March 2013


Sony Mobiles

Xolo, a subsidy of Lava


113.5 x 61.8 x 11.0 mm

135.5 x 67 x 9.6 mm


3.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors

IPS qHD, 16M colors


320 x 480 pixels (~165 ppi pixel density)

540 x 960 pixels, 4.5 inches (~245 ppi pixel density)


Scratch-resistant glass



115.7 grams

143.5 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network

E: HSDPA 900 / 2100 - C1505

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - C1504

E-Dual: HSDPA 900 / 2100 - C1605

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - C1604

UMTS/HSPA: 900/2100

4G Network




Timescape UI

Custom UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Cortex-A5

1.2 GHz, Quad Core


Adreno 200

PowerVR SGX544


E: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

E-Dual: Android OS, v4.0.4 (ICS) upgradeable to 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm Snapdragon™ MSM7227A

MTK MT6589


512 MB

1 GB

SIM Size

E: miniSIM

E-Dual: miniSIM (Dual SIM)


Internal Memory

Up to 4 GB (2 GB user available)

4 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

Yes, up to 32 GB


Accelerometer, Proximity sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor


2G, 3G, DLNA Certified, HD Voice, Noise supression

USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB


HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (DL); HSPA+ up to 5.7 Mbps (UL)


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


Bluetooth v2.1, EDR

Yes, v2.0


microUSB v2.0

Yes, v2.0

Primary Camera

3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels

8 MP, 720p

Secondary Camera


1 MP


[email protected]

Full HD [email protected]

Camera Features

  • 4x digital zoom
  • Geotagging
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Touch capture
  • Video recording
  • Flash support
  • Auto focus
  • Burst Mode, Auto, Normal, Night, Sunset, Party, Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Theatre, Beach, Snow, Steady Photo, Fireworks, Sports, and Candle Light mode.

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology; Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic; Manual equalizer

2 Digital Microphones, Ambient Noise Cancellation

Audio supported formats

MP3 (.mp3), 3GPP (.3gp),

MP4 (.mp4, .m4a), SMF (.mid), WAV (.wav), OTA (.ota), Ogg (.ogg)


Video supported formats

3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, Divx

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1530 mAh battery

2100 mAh

Talk time

2G: 6 hours 12 min

3G: 6 hours 18 min



E: 2G: 530 hours

3G: 530 hours

E-Dual: 2G: 368 hours

3G: 379 hours

2G: 16H

3G: 10H

Available Colors

E: Black, Pink and White

E-Dual: Black and Gold



Conversations, Email, Gmail™, Handwriting recognition, Instant messaging, Multimedia messaging (MMS), Predictive text input, Text messaging (SMS)

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM





Radio (FM radio with RDS)



GPS with A-GPS support

Yes with Assisted GPS


via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Snapshot capability
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • Music Unlimited
  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Google Talk™ application
  • HD voice
  • Noise suppression
  • Speakerphone
  • Xperia™ Timescape™
  • Xperia™ with Facebook™
  • Auto rotate
  • Gesture input
  • On-screen 12-key keyboard
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touch screen
  • Voice input
  • Wallpaper animation
  • Overview mode
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Smart Multitasking
  • large display
  • Camera with BSI sensor
  • Full HD [email protected] playback
  • Gaming Experience
  • Jelly Bean

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