Sony has had a busy morning so far, announcing no fewer than four new Android smartphones. The newly announced Xperia miro, tipo and tipo dual will all ship with Android 4.0, despite each having underwhelming specifications, whilst the HSPA version of the Xperia ion is still set to ship with Android 2.3, but as the name suggests it will be lacking 4G.

Xperia miro

The Xperia mio packs a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320, Android 4.0 and a 5MP rear camera. Unfortunately, this is all being powered by a 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, so don't expect any performance miracles.

Sony's really pushing the miro to be the 'fun' phone out of the group, with different color options for the chin - you can choose between black, black/pink, white and white/gold - as well as Facebook integration throughout the operating system and customizable illuminations to differentiate incoming message and social updates. I suppose something has to distract potential buyers away from the poor specs and when your target market is teenagers, different color options are usually a safe bet.

In addition to the 5MP rear camera, the front facing camera will allow you to video chat with your friends. If you want to inflict your music on the rest of the world, you can do so with the knowledge that Sony has also given the miro 'xLOUD' audio technology, which is meant to make your tracks sound both crisp and louder. Here's the full spec sheet...

  • 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A CPU
  • 3.5” display (480 x 320)
  • Launching on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 5MP camera, video recording at 30 FPS
  • Deep Facebook integration with contacts, gallery and the music player for sharing and discovery
  • Customizable illuminations for incoming messages and social updates
  • Front-facing camera for video chat between smartphones, tablets and PCs
  • Contactless DLNA connectivity to easily view content like photos and videos on a TV, tablet and PC
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Available in black, black/pink, white and white/gold colors



Xperia tipo, tipo dual

The Xperia tipo is being aimed at people taking their first step away from feature phones and into the smartphone market, and ships with a dedicated set-up guide and a built in app which allows users to keep track of their data usage throughout the month so that they don't go over their allowance.

Like the miro, the tipo ships with an 800MHz Qualcomm processor and delivers Android 4.0 at a low cost. You'll also find the same measly 480 x 320 resolution in the tipo, although the screen is 3.2-inches rather than 3.5, so the pixel density will be slightly improved.

The rear camera on the tipo is capable of just 3.2MP, but this isn't a phone aimed at seasoned smartphone users, so Sony might be able to get away with the underwhelming specs.

The tipo dual is identical to the tipo under the hood, but it allows for dual SIM, so you can switch between different tariffs or keep one SIM in there for when you travel abroad. This is great for users who have separate personal and business numbers too, as they can switch between them without having to change phone or physically swap one SIM for another.

  • 3.2” scratch-resistant mineral glass display
  • Launching on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Dedicated set-up guide
  • Data management solution to identify data usage
  • Dual SIM available in the tipo dual
  • Powerful battery, 1500 maH, with >24hrs usage time
  • Available in red, white, blue and black




Xperia ion HSPA

We were introduced to the Sony Xperia ion way back in January, at CES, and it certainly towers over the miro and tipo both in terms of specs and screen size. When it ships, the ion will come with a 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 12MP rear camera. Unfortunately, it will be running Android 2.3 at launch, although an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is apparently in the works.

The ion HSPA is identical to the original ion in every way except for one: it only supports 3G networks. As Sony and AT&T have partnered up for the phone's initial release in the US, we expect to see the ion HSPA available in countries such as the UK, where 4G networks aren't yet up and running.

  • 4.6" 1280 x 720 display
  • Launching on Android 2.3, with expected future upgrade to Android 4.0
  • 1.5GHz dual-core CPU
  • 12MP rear camera with 1080p video
  • 1.3MP Front facing camera with 720p video
  • 1900mAh battery


Sources: Sony Mobile (ion HSPA), (miro, tipo)

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • aatifsumar

    What is up with Sony launching high end phones with Gingerbread in Mid 2012? Also, if these low end phones have FFC's, WHY would they leave it out in the SOLA I'll never understand. Also, I wish more manufacturers would ditch the Options key for the Multitasking key.

  • 27yearold

    don't care about ICS since it adds nothing, but what's up with 4 basically identical phones. At least one should've had a keyboard if we want to use the phone for anything other than texting. without keyboard you also have an effective screen size of like 2 inches. 12 MP camera is useless with such small sensor size. they should've stuck with 6 and increased pixel sensitivity in low light. it needs search button too, but menu button is a must. don't take up screen space with crap menu controls.

  • DrewNusser

    Wow, 0-4.  I had high hopes for Sony.

  • brilldoctor

    uk has hspa http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1547681

    • John Thompson

      HSPA is not 4G. Believe me, I use it day in, day out.

  • Apdisq

    Oh crap, I thought the separation from Ericsson would be a positive move. I mean, yeah for smaller screens, but why do they think a small screen needs small specs? I mean, heck, even the Xperia mini has 1GHz! And still no successor to the Xperia pro - sorry Sony, I'm not waiting any longer, I got myself a used myTouch 4G Slide. Maybe next year?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mihai-Catalin/100000570797115 Mihai Catalin

    So they basically announced one phone 4 times?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000678987745 Joan Rodelas

    hmm dissapointed kasi built in batt

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000678987745 Joan Rodelas

    sana magpalabas kau ng ganito style pero hindi built in batt para at least makabili ng extra batt kapag nagtravel