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It was just a few weeks ago that we got our first non-blurrycam look at the Sony ST21i "Tapioca," an upcoming ICS-toting budget handset from the Japanese manufacturer. Today it's cropped up yet again, in another unauthorized hands-on preview, this time from Russian site Mobile-Review. There's not a whole lot here we haven't seen before, but the preview does take a closer look at the Tapioca's software -- a similar package to what we've been seeing on other 2012 Sony phones -- as well as giving a confirmation of some rumored specs.

The details leaked today match what we've previously heard -- the Tapioca sports a 3.2-inch HVGA display, an 800MHz single-core CPU and 512MB of RAM. It's no multimedia powerhouse, but there should be enough computational grunt there to power ICS, as well as Sony's assortment of multimedia enhancements. More pics at the source link. According to a leaked Sony roadmap, the Tapioca could appear as early as June, around the €150 price point.

Source: Mobile-Review; via: PhoneArena


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Sony ST21i 'Tapioca' leaked again - ICS on a budget handset


I really wish that manufacturers & carriers would support older devices longer than they do. This phone right here proves that ICS *can* run on phones w/ 2010 specs.

If they would only stop focusing on the heavy skinning of android and release "Philblur", Sense, and TouchWhiz as multi-version apps which are updated through the market incrementally like LauncherPro or Go Launcher, this all would be fixed.

Then they can focus their devs solely on making the most reliable hardware to run the latest vanilla builds on, while a separate team updates their OEM skin across all versions as an add-on app.

Agreed. But it's not just manufacturers. Didn't Google themselves say they couldn't update the Nexus One because of hardware requirements? This doesn't seem to be any better than the One. However, the One is a much older device than my Samsung Exhibit 4G, which is less than a year old and has better specs than both of these devices but is still on Gingerbread.

The Nexus One is limited by its 512Mb (technically, less) of ROM space. If Google were to push the update, it would require repartitioning the internal memory, a dangerous undertaking and one likely to fail on many handsets. If you're so inclined, you can take the responsibility yourself, flash a modified bootloader and partition away. You can understand, however, that Google found this too dangerous for a mandatory OTA.