Sony today announced a pair of colorful, entry-level Android handsets that are expected to ship in the third quarter of the year.
Called the Xperia Miro and Xperia Tipo, the two devices should make for a decent first smartphone experience. Both run Ice Cream Sandwich, feature 800MHz processors, and come with Sony's custom software enhancements.
The Xperia Tipo falls in the lower end of the tech spectrum, with a 3.2-inch display, 3.2-megapixel camera, and 3GB internal storage. Powered by a 1,500mAh battery, the handset features the standard fare of connectivity options and microSD expansion. Sony will also release a dual-SIM version of the smartphone (Xperia Tipodual) and is offering it in four color options: red, white, blue, and black.
Higher up the ladder, the Xperia Miro comes with a slightly better set of specifications and additional Sony software and services. The Miro has a 3.5-inch display, 4GB internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera, and a front-facing VGA camera. The enhanced user experience includes deep Facebook integration for contacts and photos, DLNA connectivity, and Sony's xLoud audio technology. The Xperia Miro will be available in black, black/pink, white, and white/gold color options.
Pricing and carrier details were not made available; however Sony indicates that the two smartphones will be offered globally in the third quarter. I'll be interested to see if either of these make their way to the United States and whether consumers will notice.