Sony officially announced the Xperia tipo and its dual-SIM cousin Xperia tipo dual in June this year, but the smartphone is yet to reach Indian shores. However, you won’t have to wait for long as the smartphones are available for pre-order on retail websites such as Infibeam and Flipkart. The Xperia tipo and tipo dual are expected to be launched in India in the second week of September this year.

The Xperia tipo has a 3.2-inch, capacitive scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, and a 3.15 megapixel camera. The smartphone runs on Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and an Adreno 200 GPU. Connectivity options include 2G, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and a microUSB port. The tipo gives you 2.5GB of storage space, which is expandable to up to 32GB via microSD cards and has 512MB of RAM. The phones come with Sony’s very own user interface and are pre-loaded with Google applications such as Google Talk, Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Voice Search.

The Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual up for pre-orders

The Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual up for pre-order

The only difference between the Xperia tipo dual and the tipo is that the former is a dual-SIM smartphone. The tipo dual allows you to switch between two SIM cards using a dedicated hardware key. You can set the SIM card to use at specific times of the day, and also customise each SIM card separately with different ringtones and notifications.

The Xperia tipo and tipo dual both have a 1500mAh battery that promises stand-by time of up to 470 hours and talk time of approximately five hours. The Xperia tipo comes in four colours – red, white, blue and black – while the tipo dual is available only in black.

Let's take a look at some of the highlighted features of the Xperia tipo and tipo dual:

  • 3.2-inch, capacitive scratch-resistant TFT touch screen at a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels
  • 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi
  • GPS, A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • 3.15 megapixel camera
  • 2.5GB, expandable up to 32GB via microSD cards

“The Xperia tipo is for consumers looking for entertainment experiences and functionality traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones”, said Calum MacDougall, Director Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “It is for consumers who want to realise the benefits of a smartphone for the first time as they migrate from a feature phone,” he added.

The Xperia tipo and tipo dual originally had the model numbers ST21i and ST21i2 respectively. Both phones have a design similar to other dual-SIM variants we have seen in the past. The design of the ST21i isn’t very inspiring or particularly attractive. For one, it’s a chunky little phone at 13mm thickness, and the double chin at the bottom isn’t winning it any beauty awards either. It weighs only 99.4gm, though.

The Xperia tipo and tipo dual are available for pre-order at Rs 9,499 and Rs 10,299 respectively.

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