Sony Mobile unveils colourful new Xperia smartphones

20 Jun 2012

Sony Xperia Miro (left) and Tipo (right)

Sony Mobile has introduced two new smartphones to the Xperia range, the Xperia Miro and Xperia Tipo, which will be available in Ireland this autumn.

Explaining the differences between the two new releases, Sony Mobile Communications Ireland’s PR and marketing manager, Russell Keating, said: “Xperia Miro is for those who want an integrated social media and a great music experience while Xperia Tipo is for consumers who want to realise the benefits of a smartphone for the first time as they migrate from a feature phone.”

Xperia Miro

The Xperia Miro will feature Facebook integration throughout its contacts, photo gallery and even in the music player for sharing and discovery. Users will be alerted to new incoming messages and social updates with colourful illuminations that they can customise themselves, and a front-facing camera enables video chat.

Sony’s xLOUD technology will provide crisp – and loud – audio, and, with Music Unlimited pre-loaded, users will have access to millions of music tracks direct from their device.

Available in black, black and pink, white or white and gold, the Miro will feature a 3.5-inch display, 5MP camera and video recording at 30 frames per second. Contactless DLNA connectivity will let users easily view content from their device on a connected TV, tablet or PC, while the powerful battery offers up to 24 hours of use.

Xperia Tipo

Smaller and lighter, the Xperia Tipo comes in four colours and two versions: single or dual-SIM, which will allow users to switch beween operators (and tariffs) with just one touch.

The 3.2-inch display is made from scratch-resistant mineral glass, while the phone will also feature xLOUD audio technology, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and the same all-day battery power as offered by the Miro. However, though the Tipo will have a 3.2MP camera, there’s no front-facing camera or flash.

Both models will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm processor. Expected to launch in quarter three this year, pricing and operator details for both smarthpones are expected to be released soon.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.