Sony has announced its low-cost Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) handset, the Xperia Tipo.
The Japanese smartphone maker is not so keen on drawing in tech savvy customers with the Xperia Tipo, which only comes with a mediocre 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip – expect Android ICS to struggle once in a while. It also has a relatively smaller 3.2-inch HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) touchscreen compared to its Xperia siblings and a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera onboard, enough hardware specifications to categorize it at the low-end range of budget smartphones.
Apart from its low-quality screen and camera, the Xperia Tipo is almost similar to the Xperia Miro, which also has 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, microSD support of up to 32GB, a 1500mAh battery and several colored models, namely black, white, red and blue.
“The 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,” said Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia marketing at Sony.
The company also introduced the Sony Xperia Tipo Dual, the dual SIM version of the Tipo.
Sony has yet to announce the pricing details and a release date for the Xperia Tipo.