Sony’s Xperia Miro and Tipo Give us Android 4.0 at a (Hopefully) Low Price

Remember at the end of last week, Sony teased a new phone release on Facebook, saying it would be “fun, social and exciting?” Then, come Monday morning it made fans work for it by clicking on a fast forward button, which reduced a countdown clock by a few seconds, bringing us ever closer to the real announcement.

After more than 29,000 clicks, the clock has reached zero and initially, Sony revealed the Xperia Miro, then a few hours later added the Xperia Tipo too. Both are low-to-mid range phones with a little surprise: They both run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

This is great news, especially given Sony’s new pair of Xperia phones will probably by reasonably priced, meaning Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t only going to be for range-topping superphones after all.

In addition to being launched on Facebook, the Xperia Miro has the social network integrated into the OS, and Sony say it’s the quickest way to share, comment and ‘like’ content. As with other Xperia phones, the Miro has a notification light, which can be customised to flash a particular colour for different alerts. Clever stuff.

A scan of the spec sheet reveals the Miro has a 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixel resolution touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, 4GB of memory and a microSD card slot, plus DLNA connectivity and Sony’s xLoud audio technology. An 800MHz processor keeps it all running.

The Tipo also uses an 800MHz processor, but the screen is slightly smaller at 3.2-inch, but the resolution remains the same, while the camera is a far more modest 3.2 megapixels. The Tipo will be joined by the Tipodual, which is identical in every way, except it’s a dual-SIM device.

All three phones will be available in various colours, and they’re expected to hit the shelves before the end of September. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but we’re expecting it to be very competitive. Before then, you can take a look at these Sony videos, one for the Mira and one for the Tipo.

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