Japanese firm Sony has added another budget smartphone, dubbed Xperia E, to its Xperia line-up.

Sony's Xperia E comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and sports a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, powered by single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor. Though the smartphone comes with Jelly Bean update, the device would be listed as an entry level smartphone in the market as it comes with low specifications.

"Consumers looking to take their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones would be well advised to look at Xperia E or Xperia E dual. They are perfect for those seeking affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones," said Calum MacDougall, Director Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.

The dual-SIM version of the smartphone known as 'Xperia E Dual' is also slated for a release sometime soon. Xperia E Dual will come on board with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System, which will later get upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The device took the stage at a time when arch rival Nokia's Lumia 620 hit the market. Sony Xperia E hosts a 1,500 mAh battery which is expected to deliver a talk time of up to 6.3 hours. The handset weighs 116 grams and measures 114mm x 61.8mm. It packs 512MB RAM along with an internal memory of 4GB. It has connectivity features like WIFI and GPS navigation. Xperia E will be available in black, white and pink versions while the Xperia E Dual will be made available only in black and gold.

This is probably the first time a low-end smartphone from Sony comes packed with Android's latest OS. Sony is yet to reveal details on pricing but has indicated that the device will be available early next year.  

Check out a video of Sony's Xperia E: