Sony Mobile has introduced two new handsets into it’s 2012 lineup; the unusually named Sony Xperia Miro and Sony Xperia Tipo (formerly known as the ST21i Tapioca), and – unlike the NXT range – they both run Ice Cream Sandwich.
Both handsets also shy away from the premium design cues of the NXT range in favour of the mid/low-range stylings found on Sony’s other new handsets. First up we have the Miro a competent mid-range handset with good looks and capable internals. The Miro is in fact the secret device underpinning Sony’s recent Facebook campaign. Users were able to roll its release forward by over five days by interacting on Sony’s Facebook page.
The Miro offers up a capable blend of connectivity with all the expected elements such as HSDPA data speeds, WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as DLNA capabilities and Sony’s Media Go software built in. The front features a 3.5-inch HVGA display and a VGA camera, whilst the back houses a 5-megapixel shooter, which sits above a loudspeaker endowed with Sony’s xLoud technology, making sure that sound doesn’t distort at high volume. Here’s a freshly made video of the Miro:
The second device, the quizzically named Tipo (pictured above), is Sony’s new entry level handset, featuring much of the same functionality as its new bigger brother. It shares the same amount of RAM (512MB), the same 800MHz single core processor and the same expandable memory capabilities of up to 32GBs via microSD card.
Where the Tipo differs is in its physical size and imaging talents. The Tipo maintains an HVGA display, but on a 3.2-inch screen. There’s also no front facing camera present and rear drops from a 5 to a 3.2-megapixel module.
Aside from slightly less internal storage, the Tipo also mirrors the Miro in design intent and in some markets the Tipo will also be on offered in a dual SIM variant.