Sony this morning took the wraps off of two new members of the Xperia family of handsets: the Xperia miro and Xperia tipo. Besides the fact that they both bear the Xperia name, the miro and tipo also both feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Xperia miro is the bigger of the two new phones, featuring a 3.5-inch 320x480 touchscreen. It also includes an 800MHz processor, 5-megapixel rear and VGA front cameras, microSD slot and 4GB of internal storage. Sony is also touting the Xperia miro's deep Facebook integration with the phone's contacts, gallery and music player apps.
The Xperia tipo comes with a 3.2-inch display that, while smaller than the Xperia miro, features the same 320x480 resolution. The tipo also includes an 800MHz processor just like the one found in the miro. Other specs for the Xperia tipo include a 3.2-megapixel rear shooter, microSD slot and 2.9GB of built-in memory.
Sony says that both the Xperia miro and Xperia tipo will begin shipping globally in the third quarter, though the company doesn't make any mention of specific U.S. availability. Both handsets look like respectable entry-level additions to the Xperia lineup, and it's good to see that they'll both ship with Android 4.0 preinstalled. We'll pass along any details pertaining to a stateside debut for the miro or tipo if we hear anything. You can pass the time until then by perusing Sony's full press release down below.
Sony Mobile unveils Xperia miro and Xperia tipo – stylish, fun and easy to use smartphones
Xperia miro provides deep Facebook integration and Sony’s xLOUD audio technology in a slim and stylish design
Xperia tipo comes in both single and dual SIM version for consumers looking for value and functionality
Both smartphones launch on latest Android™ platform - Ice Cream Sandwich
13 June, London, United Kingdom – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced two new Xperia™ smartphones, Xperia miro and Xperia tipo. Xperia miro is a slim and stylish smartphone available in a fun range of colours with deep integration of Facebook™ throughout contacts, photo gallery and the music player, plus Sony’s xLOUD™ audio technology for crisp and loud sound. Xperia tipo is designed to be easy to use enabling consumers to get the most from their smartphones – whether browsing the web, sharing pictures or downloading apps. Xperia tipo will also be available in a dual SIM version – Xperia tipodual – so that consumers can switch between tariffs with just one touch to stay on the most cost effective plan. Both smartphones will launch globally in calendar Q3 2012.
“Xperia miro and Xperia tipo are for consumers looking for entertainment experiences and functionality traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones”, said Calum MacDougall, Director Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.” “Xperia miro is for those who want an integrated social media and a great music experience while Xperia tipo is for consumers who want to realise the benefits of a smartphone for the first time as they migrate from a feature phone.”
Xperia miro – the fun social smartphone from Sony
Xperia miro is a slim, stylish smartphone with Facebook social experiences integrated throughout. Users are alerted to new incoming messages and social updates with colourful illuminations, and can easily video chat with friends using the front facing camera. To provide great music entertainment it integrates Sony’s xLOUD audio technology, giving crisp and loud sound. Xperia miro comes pre-installed with Music Unlimited* from Sony Entertainment Network, providing instant access to millions** of music tracks on the move.
Key features for Xperia miro
3.5” display for great browsing and entertainment experiences
Launching on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
5MP camera and brilliant quality video recording at 30fps
Sony’s xLOUD audio technology gives crisp and loud sound
Deep Facebook integration with contacts, gallery and the music player for sharing and discovery
Customisable illuminations for incoming messages and social updates
Front-facing camera for video chat between smartphones, tablets and PCs
Contactless DLNA connectivity to easily view content like photos and videos on a TV, tablet and PC
Powerful battery with >24hrs usage time
Available in black, black/pink, white and white/gold colours
Xperia tipo – the affordable and easy to use smartphone
Xperia tipo offers a simple and easy to use smartphone experience targeting consumers who may be purchasing their first smartphone. With a dedicated set-up guide, a built-in application enabling users to monitor their data usage, excellent battery life and the latest Android platform – Ice Cream Sandwich – consumers can make the most of their smartphone experience.
Key features for Xperia tipo
3.2” scratch-resistant mineral glass display
Launching on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Dedicated set-up guide
Data management solution to identify data usage
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi™ for easy content sharing and web access
Powerful battery, 1500 maH, with >24hrs usage time
Available in red, white, blue and black