Sony Mobile expands its Xperia line again with two new entry-level handsets, the Xperia tipo and the dual-SIM variant Xperia tipodual. The tipo is designed to be easy to use and is targeted at consumers who may be getting their first smartphone. They is powered by a Qualcomm SnapDragon MSM7225A 800MHz processor and 512MB RAM, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS pre-loaded with a custom UI, a dedicated set-up guide for first time user, and a data usage monitor app.
Though both phones are a mere tentative step from a back-to-basics feature phone, they do come preloaded with the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, despite the dinky form factor – a mere 103 x 57 x 13mm and just 99.4g in weight.
Both are fitted with a 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225AA processor and 3.2-inch touchscreen, while camera wise we’re looking at a 3.2-megapixel snapper with 4x digital zoom, though there’s no flash of any description.
In fact the only underlying difference between the Sony Xperia Tipo and Tipo Dual is the latter’s ability to house two SIM cards at any one time, enabling users to switch between two tariffs with one touch of a button.
If you’re using your phone on something of a budget, or perhaps you’re left paying the bills for your chatty teenagers, then both Xperia Tipos lets you set limits in terms of how much data is used. Usage can be viewed on the phone, which should help to avoid any surprises when your monthly bill arrives.
No word on pricing or availability just yet, but we do know that both Sony Xperia Tipo variants will be available in black, white, blue and red.