Following on from its recent Xperia Acro S announcement, Sony Mobile USA has revealed that it's to launch the Xperia Tipo -- its current entry-level model for Europe -- alongside a new dual-SIM variant, known as the Xperia Tipo Dual. Both phones share the budget-oriented internals of their European cousin, which is to say there's nothing too fancy inside. The Tipo is powered by an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 3.2-inch HVGA (480x320) display. There's also a 3MP rear camera, though as we discovered during our review, image quality is far from ideal.
It's not every day you see a dual-SIM smartphone launched in the U.S., as these are usually more popular in developing countries. Sony points out that you could run personal and works SIMs in the same device, although the specs indicate that the Tipo only supports 3G/HSPA data on AT&T and European bands.
It does come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though, so Tipo owners at least have a relatively recent version of the OS to play with. The Tipo is available to order from Sony's online store today for $179.99, while the Tipo Dual can be pre-ordered for $189.99.
Presser's after the break. For more on the Xpera Tipo, check out our recent mini-review.
Xperia™ tipo and Xperia tipo dual by Sony Come to the U.S.
· Xperia tipo comes in a single and dual SIM version for consumers looking for an easy-to-use full-functioning Android smartphone
· Both smartphones launch on Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
What: Sony Mobile Communications brings two new Xperia smartphones,
Xperia tipo and Xperia tipo dual to the US. Xperia tipo and tipo dual are designed to be easy-to-use, enabling you to get the most from your smartphone – whether browsing the web, sharing pictures or downloading apps. With a dedicated set-up guide, excellent battery life, built-in application monitoring data usage, and the Android 4.0 (ICS) operating system, you are empowered to make the most of your smartphone’s performance.
Xperia tipo and Xperia tipo dual are hassle-free full-featured Android smartphones providing access to hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from, as well as Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited for access to Hollywood blockbusters, TV series and millions of music tracks.
If you want to combine work and personal SIMs into the same phone, or if you are traveling and need to switch to an international number, the Xperia tipo dual makes it easy. You can switch between SIM cards any time with a simple press of a button. You can also switch automatically by setting which SIM card to use at specific times of the day as well as customize each SIM card separately with different ringtones and notifications.
Pricing & availability:
The Xperia tipo is now available at store.sony.com. Xperia tipo dual is currently available for pre-order on store.sony.com. Xperia tipo dual will also be available at select Sony retail stores. Newegg and other online retailers will also carry Xperia tipo and Xperia tipo dual. For additional availability and pricing, please check with each retailer.
· Xperia tipo – MSRP $179.99 (unlocked), in serene black, classic silver, navy blue and deep red
· Xperia tipo dual – MSRP $189.99 (unlocked), in classic black or classic white
The Xperia tipo and Xperia tipo dual support the network bands below:
· Xperia tipo
o UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
o GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
· Xperia tipo dual
o UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
o GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900