Sony Xperia E1 review: Enter Walkman

GSMArena team, 15 April 2014.
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Tags: Sony, Android

Performance

As we already mentioned, the Sony Xperia E1 uses the Snapdragon 200 chipset, which is Qualcomm's entry-level chipset for 2013. The MSM8210 in the Xperia E1 is a dual-core CPU, unlike other quad-core variations of the same chipset. The two cores are of the Cortex-A7 variety and they all run at 1.2GHz each. The Snapdragon 200 also includes an Adreno 302 GPU alongside 512MB of RAM.

The Cortex-A7 cores aren't the best performers out there so we don't expect much from the Snapdragon 200 in the following series of benchmark tests. However, Sony has done a spectacular job at optimizing them for running the Xperia-garnished UI very well.

So, let's see how the two Cortex-A7 cores perform under heavy load. Both single-core and multi-core performance is underwhelming, but it's not disastrous by any stretch and in this price range that actually counts as a win.


Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    308
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    347
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    348
  • LG Optimus G
    353
  • Sony Xperia C
    374
  • Motorola Moto G
    392
  • Sony Xperia M
    400
  • Sony Xperia E1
    420
  • LG Nexus 4
    431
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    466
  • Nokia X
    676

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    788
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    743
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    631
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • Sony Xperia SP
    348
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    413
  • HTC One mini
    320
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214.3
  • Nexus 4
    213.5
  • Sony Xperia L
    191
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    189
  • HTC One X+
    177
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    175
  • HTC One X
    160
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    141
  • Sony Xperia E1
    128.7
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    107.7

GeekBench 3 tests the multi-core performance and the Xperia E1 scored close to the bottom, beating the Nokia X.

GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G
    1465
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    1321
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1315
  • LG Nexus 4
    1288
  • Motorola Moto G
    1120
  • Sony Xperia C
    1079
  • Oppo R819
    1047
  • HTC One mini
    887
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    647
  • Sony Xperia E1
    607
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    564
  • Nokia X
    421

The all-in-one tests AnTuTu and Quadrant gauge the overall hardware performance, including graphics and RAM bandwidth. The dual-core Cortex-A7 in addition to the low 512MB RAM definitely put the Xperia E1 at a disadvantage here, but it's not too bad. In AnTuTu 4, the E1 manages to beat the Xperia M, which is a pleasant surprise.

AnTuTu 4

Higher is better

  • Motorola Moto G
    17214
  • LG Optimus G
    16943
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    15714
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    15667
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Sony Xperia C
    13948
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    13109
  • Sony Xperia E1
    12951
  • Sony Xperia M
    9902
  • Nokia X
    7514

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    7153
  • HTC One mini
    6048
  • Sony Xperia V
    5816
  • Sony Xperia E1
    5520
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    5053
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    4998
  • Sony Xperia L
    4279
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    3542
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    3045
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    2316

Finally, we ran SunSpider and BrowserMark web benchmarks on Chrome, which is the default web browser on the Xperia E1. The Xperia E surprised us most of the time, managing to beat some contenders that are out of its league.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    972
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1011
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    1063
  • HTC One
    1124
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    1181
  • Motorola Moto G
    1308
  • LG Optimus G
    1251
  • Sony Xperia Z
    1336
  • Oppo R819
    1423
  • HTC Butterfly
    1433
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    1646
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    1680
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    1741
  • 1799
    1799
  • Sony Xperia M
    1867
  • Nokia X
    2363
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    3858

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Motorola Moto G
    2562
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    2432
  • Sony Xperia E1
    2408
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2096
  • LG Optimus G
    2048
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2093
  • Sony Xperia C
    1984
  • Sony Xperia L
    1809
  • Nokia X
    1729
  • Sony Xperia M
    1642
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1247
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    1100
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    974
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    714

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • HTC One mini
    2252
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • Sony Xperia SP
    2497
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One
    2382
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2186
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    2060
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2019
  • HTC Butterfly
    1866
  • Sony Xperia E1
    1847
  • Oppo Find 5
    1658
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1641
  • Sony Xperia L
    1640
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1572
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1568
  • LG Optimus G
    1522
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    1468
  • Nexus 4
    1310
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    1234
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    1072
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1065

The dual-core Snapdragon 200 isn't anything exciting in the benchmark tests we ran. However, it managed to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the Xperia E1 quite well. There is some stuttering when trying to run demanding applications, but in everyday usage though, it's more than capable for handling almost anything you throw at it.

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