It always feels like a treat to see new products landing amid the tumbleweed that otherwise blows across the tech landscape between the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of January and Mobile World Congress at the end of February. Thanks then to Sony, for giving us not one, but two new phones to get excited about -- and even better news, they're both coming to the UK.
The first of the two phones is the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, and it's a biggy -- phablet-sized in fact. With a 6-inch 720p display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor and only 1GB of Ram, this beast isn't likely to blow you away in the same way the bigger and more powerful Xperia Z Ultra will, but then it does look like a great compromise if the Z Ultra is just that bit too big and pricey for you. Powering it will be a 3,000mAh battery, which should give around a day of battery life with careful use.
The second of Sony's two new phones is the budget Xperia E1. It has a similar look to Sony's other recent smartphones, but with softer, more rounded corners. With a 4-inch display, it's diddy by today's standards, and its specs aren't exactly impressive.
With a 480x800-pixel resolution, the screen on this handset isn't going to be ideal for those who like to watch videos, play games and mess around with image editing. Neither will you get the most demanding tasks in any kind of hurry, as the E1 is not equipped with 4G. Inside is 512MB of Ram, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a paltry 4GB of internal storage.
With the Moto G including a quad-core processor as part of its £135 package, our expectations of what a budget cheaper Android phone should offer have shifted recently. Nevertheless, the Xperia Z1 is a smart little phone, and if the price is right, it might prove a good option for those after a smaller and more basic Android device.
When the phone goes on sale it will be available in black, white and purple, although pricing and availability have not yet been announced.