After an interesting marketing campaign on Facebook, where visitors to Sony’s Xperia page could click a “fast forward” button to advance a countdown clock, which when it hit zero, Sony would announce a new Xperia phone.
Sony got all the clicks it needed earlier today, and initially Sony unveiled the Xperia Miro, then a short while later it added the Xperia Tipo, and its dual-sim cousin the Tipodual to the line-up.
While neither are going to worry the Xperia S for its place at the top of Sony’s range, they’ve both got some interesting features that will surely attract those on a more limited budget.
The Xperia Miro (pictured) has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, and happily it runs the very latest version of Android, version 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Powering the phone is an 800Mhz processor, and on the rear of the handset is a 5-megapixel camera.
It also has 3G connectivity, 4GB of internal memory, GPS, Wi-Fi, DLNA and a microSD card slot. Facebook is deeply integrated into Sony’s Android skin, and the notification light can even be customised to display a particular colour depending on the update it receives.
The Tipo also has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but a smaller 3.2-inch touchscreen and a lesser 3.2-megapixel camera. The Tipo’s screen resolution is the same as the Miro, and it also has an 800Mhz processor, GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. The Tipodual is exactly the same, but with space for a second SIM card.
Sony will release these phones between now and the end of September, but pricing has yet to be announced.