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Sony announces two entry level Android smartphones - Xperia Tipo and Xperia Miro

15 June 2012 by
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Sony has announced the 3.2 inch Xperia Tipo and 3.5 inch Xperia Miro. Two entry-level smartphones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony Xperia Tipo and Xperia Miro announced

Earlier this week, Sony added Xperia Tipo and Xperia Miro to its Xperia smartphone series. As with most of Sony's mobile phones, the two models are available with different mix of network support depending on market. The Xperia Tipo is also available in a dual-SIM model.

Sony Xperia Tipo models:

  • Xperia Tipo ST21i - GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 (Global except Americas)
  • Xperia Tipo ST21a - GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100 (Americas)
  • Xperia Tipo Dual ST21i2 - GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 (Global except Americas) - Dual SIM
  • Xperia Tipo Dual ST21a2 - GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100 (Americas) - Dual SIM

Both the Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual are powered by a 1500 mAh battery and while the talk time is the same 5 hours, the Dual version will have a reduced standby time when two SIM cards are used. Xperia Tipo has a standby time of 470 hours while Xperia Tipo Dual only last for 350 hours.

The Xperia Tipo has most features you would expect from smartphone released in 2012 such as Wi-Fi, GPS, still and video camera and FM radio. The things that reveals that this is an entry-level phone is the 800 MHz single-core processor, the 3.2 megapixel camera, and the 3.2 inch, 320 x 480 pixel resolution and 262 000 colour TFT touch display. Internal storage is 2.5 GB and RAM is only 512 MB.

Sony Xperia Miro adds some better features. The display size is 3.5 inch and while the resolution is the same at 320 x 480 pixels it has 16.7 million colours. Xperia Miro has a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED light and a VGA front camera ideal for video chat. The size and weight have increased slightly but the processor speed is the same with the 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225AA CPU onboard.

Sony Mobile has not mentioned anything about expected retail price for any of the two devices. We find this kind of strange because a low price is going to be one of the major reason why consumers would want to choose one of the new Xperia models.

Sony Xperia Tipo / Tipo dual SIM model

Sony Xperia Tipo highlights

  • Weight: 99.4 gram
  • Size: 103 x 57 x 13 mm
  • Networks
    • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 (ST21i)
    • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100 (ST21a)
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • 3.2 inch TFT touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels resolution. 262000 colours
  • 3.2 megapixel camera. 4x digital zoom
  • VGA video capture
  • 800 MHz processor
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • aGPS
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 2.9 GB internal storage. 2.5 GB available to user data. Expandable up to 32 GB with microSD card
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Services: Sony xLOUD Experience, TrackID, Facebook
  • Dual SIM (Xperia Tipo Dual - ST21i2 and ST21a2)
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Talk time: 5 hours
  • Standby time
    • Xperia Tipo: 470 hours
    • Xperia Tipo Dual (GSM + GSM): 350 hours
Sony Xperia Tipo gallery:

Sony Xperia Miro Android smartphone announced

Sony Xperia Miro highlights

  • Weight: 110 gram
  • Size: 113 x 59.4 x 9.9 mm
  • Networks
    • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 (ST23i)
    • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100 (ST23a)
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • 3.5 inch TFT touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels resolution. 16.7 million colours
  • 5 megapixel camera, auto focus, LED light, 4x digital zoom
  • VGA video capture
  • VGA front camera capture
  • 800 MHz processor
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • aGPS
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage. 2.2 GB available to user data. Expandable up to 32 GB with microSD card. (1 GB is reserved for OS firmware, 766 MB for downloaded apps and 2.2 GB for music, pictures, movies and some app data)
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Services: Sony xLOUD Experience, TrackID, Facebook, Twitter, Friend, Xperia with Facebook, Timescape
  • Dual SIM (Xperia Tipo Dual - ST21i2 and ST21a2)
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Talk time: 5 hours
  • Standby time: 545 hours
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mode8 years, 4 months ago
Xperia got its name from giving users the 'experience'. I wonder what kind of experience users will have with a single core 800mhz processor on ICS which was designed optimally for dual core processors with 1GB of RAM where in late 2012 applications get more and more demanding. I'm proud of myself for resisting the overwhelming urge to curse...
[ This Message was edited by: mode on 2012-06-16 16:00 ]
Bonovox8 years, 4 months ago

[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-09-27 17:54 ]
reeflotz8 years, 4 months ago
Guys it's not crap as long as it is priced right, it will sell, why did samsung release the galaxy Y? so those who don't have enough money to buy those mid to high end can still buy themselves an android phone and at least play some of those free and basic games that do run on android apart from making calls, text and browsing the net.
maybe in your country where people can afford better phones it's pointless to buy this, but in other poorer countries this is just right. If priced similar to Galaxy Y this will be better instead of the samsung, and I think this is more for students rather than people already working and earning money.
Although I agree with bono that sony definitely needs a new flagship.
[ This Message was edited by: reeflotz on 2012-06-17 04:14 ]
Marly8 years, 4 months ago
Of course these phones will sell, not only in poorer regions, but here aswell, especially the Dual sim version of the Tipo could be interesting to many people. Samsungs Gios, Y's and other cheap droids are doing well, they also have limited hardware and these Sony's are way better looking.
Not everybody wants an expensive phone, some can't afford it, others are simply not interested in spending much money on a phone.
ceaser20088 years, 4 months ago
What is the price range of these two?
razec8 years, 4 months ago
While the RAM is decent given the small screen size, the CPU clock is unacceptable! and GPU as well! geez, last year's Xperia had much better specs than these two, and their price would surely lure away users that have basic knowledge of smartphones.
reeflotz8 years, 4 months ago
@razec
the galaxy Ace has same specs CPU, GPU and screen size but with lower ram. But it runs smooth and decent enough (at least in my experience using it), Although I'm not sure how much of a difference ICS will slow Tipo or Miro down. I think the deciding factor for this will still be the price if it is good or not. It has an inferior camera than Galaxy Ace (except Miro), but has a much larger internal memory and RAM than the Ace, and Ace was a midrange phone back then when it was released. This seems to be low end Android from sony.
EDIT: actually the Miro is the sony equivalent of the galaxy ace spec wise.
[ This Message was edited by: reeflotz on 2012-06-17 06:35 ]
razec8 years, 4 months ago

On 2012-06-17 07:26:55, reeflotz wrote:
@razec
the galaxy Ace has same specs CPU, GPU and screen size but with lower ram. But it runs smooth and decent enough (at least in my experience using it), Although I'm not sure how much of a difference ICS will slow Tipo down. I think the deciding factor for this will still be the price if it is good or not. It has an inferior camera than Galaxy Ace, but has a much larger internal memory and RAM than the Ace, and Ace was a midrange phone back then when it was released. This seems to be low end Android from sony.
[ This Message was edited by: reeflotz on 2012-06-17 06:27 ]


When compared with a Samsung, that is. But what about internal competition? Xperia Mini is the biggest problem, it's got superior specs hands down, and is priced lower than any of the two. Imho if Sony decided to phase the Mini out to give way for this, It'll be a very stupid move.
reeflotz8 years, 4 months ago
well I forgot about the Mini point taken, yes it would be a problem, only advantage would be the internal memory of these. I guess sony would have to price these very close to the mini which is also near the price of a galaxy y.
razec8 years, 4 months ago
^^ and yes, that "large" internal flash memory is the sole reason why it's ridiculously priced. and because of that Sony can't even afford to use the superior yesteryear's SoC as it will increase the development cost :facepalm:
airefc8 years, 3 months ago
Where is the new mini? Come on Sony!!
goldenface8 years, 3 months ago
Now available for pre order priced at 126, which is a bargain IMO. Normally, they would leave out some essential features which would be infuriating but this has AF for the camera, which is a 5MP effort, and a whole lot more.
xperiablog
[ This Message was edited by: goldenface on 2012-07-02 17:15 ]
Bonovox8 years, 3 months ago
I'd rather get the Xperia Go!!
Detox8 years, 1 month ago
Bonovox8 years, 1 month ago
Xperia Miro is showing on O2 store brochure for 129
Detox8 years, 1 month ago
djin8 years, 1 month ago
Surprisingly tipo is pretty smooth and looks better in hand than on the pics! Sony gives the best value at low-mid range phones. I hope i can say the same for their high end ones.
Bonovox8 years, 1 month ago
Seen a Miro too its a quality handset for 130
randomuser8 years, 1 month ago
Tipo performance numbers are way better than its competitors
Bonovox8 years, 1 month ago
Yes Sony done well with their budget offerings.
Bonovox8 years, 1 month ago
Bonovox8 years, 1 month ago
Got the Miro today really nice will report later
Bonovox8 years, 1 month ago
Visit forum to view images
Bonovox8 years ago
randomuser8 years ago
Why did you buy the Miro, bonovox ? I mean you have the U already which is about the same size.
Bonovox8 years ago
Money is a bit tight right now and my U had many issued including a faulty vibrate. But ICS is 100% better in this than GB in the U. Plus wanted SD slot again

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[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-09-25 17:13 ]
randomuser8 years ago
Okay.
Glad to hear you don't fine it laggy as its just got a 800mhz CPU.
Also sample photos would be great
Bonovox8 years ago
Yes have only done one camera photo so far. It's in photos section. Have had no sunshine lately for decent pics. Also yes defo ain't laggy am surprised by how well it performs. Am planning on a more expensive Sony in near future
randomuser8 years ago

On 2012-09-26 08:49:00, Bonovox wrote:
Yes have only done one camera photo so far. It's in photos section. Have had no sunshine lately for decent pics. Also yes defo ain't laggy am surprised by how well it performs. Am planning on a more expensive Sony in near future

Yea I noticed how smooth it is in your video review, almost seems as smooth as my S.
You should get a T soon Bono
[ This Message was edited by: randomuser on 2012-09-26 09:54 ]

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