Sony is looking to bring its Xperia range to a wider audience, with the entry-level Sony Xperia J, but it looks likely to be a case of you get what you pay for.
Bizarrely, the Russian site Mobile-review claims to have reviewed the handset before Sony has even officially unveiled it, but that hasn’t stopped it suggesting a September on-sale date with a price tag of around €150 (£119).
First, the good. Sony is apparently loading the Xperia J with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While this is no longer the latest version of Google’s operating system, for a phone at this price point Ice Cream Sandwich is fair game. There’s also a 4-inch LCD touchscreen with a 854x480 resolution that should provide enough scope for watching videos or browsing the web.
Now for the bad. The Sony Xperia J is loaded with only 512MB of RAM. It gets worse. There’s no microSD card slot to top up what memory storage there is. This makes storing content on your device limited.
Other specs include a back-to-basics Qualcomm MSM7227a chip, five-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi connectivity.
While it’s great to see a manufacturer like Sony catering for an array of different price points, the lack of memory is a serious turn-off even when shopping on a budget.
UPDATE: The Sony Xperia J has suddenly got a whole lot real after eprice.com published what looks very much like official press shots of the Ice Cream Sandwich budget handset.