Sony ST21i 'Tapioca' spotted, Xperia Sola gets a little brother

We've seen references to a budget-oriented Sony phone codenamed "Tapioca" before, but until now the device itself has remained a mystery. Things are becoming a little clearer today, however, with the first leaked images of the phone showing up on Greek site ​Techblog​. Rumored specs, included along with the photos, include a 3.2-inch HVGA screen, an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 3MP camera. Interestingly for a budget device, the Tapioca is said to run Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, so it looks like Sony's had no trouble packing ICS onto lower-end hardware.

The front of the device is the spitting image of the Xperia Sola, a mid-range Sony handset that made waves shortly after MWC due to its "floating touch" tech. Given the Tapioca's budget leanings, though, we'd be surprised to see floating touch lurking inside this device. No pricing or availability details are provided along with today's leak, but an earlier roadmap suggests it'll hit in July around the €150 mark.

Source: Techblog; via: Xperia Blog

Alex Dobie
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Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • so ICS running on a device with lower specs than Galaxy S. If this is true it'll be a slap on the face for Galaxy S users.
  • ICS is perfectly suitable to run on lower spec, its how they implement it. It actually runs better on my 1GHz Desire S than gingerbread does so the "too low spec" reason is false, they just want people to buy their newer phones rather than update and stick with their current for a longer period. What annoys me is manufacturers churn out phone not realising most people are stuck with a phone for 2 years (in the UK at least) so can't upgrade without huge costs even if they wanted to.
  • When's Sony releasing their " Jello Puddin' Pops" device ?
  • Is that a full size scanner?
  • its a xtend battery that will last 5 months in one charge on heavy use! finally! :-p
  • now Samsung, explain.