It’s not very often that Sony’s smartphones are offered by U.S. carriers, which means you usually have to pony up a few Benjamins if you fancy one of its handsets. Now, however, the company is offering a couple of wallet-friendly options.
Sony Xperia Tipo Dual
Today, Sony announced two new Android smartphones for the U.S. market, the Xperia Tipo and the Xperia Tipo Dual, for an unlocked price of $179.99 and $189.99, respectively.
At that price, don’t expect to find the latest and greatest features. Both have a 3.2-inch, lower-resolution touchscreen, an 800MHz processor and a 3.2-megapixel camera, but they do free you from carrier contracts.
The Tipo and Tipo Dual are quad-band GSM phones, so, here in the States, you can use them on either AT&T’s or T-Mobile’s network, though you’ll only get 3G data speeds with AT&T.
If you travel overseas, you can swap in a local prepaid SIM card for voice and data, so you don’t rack up expensive roaming charges on your cellphone bill. The Tipo Dual has dual SIM card slots; you can switch between the two by pressing a dedicated button on the phone.
Both smartphones are running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and are available for preorder today. The Xperia Tipo comes in black, white, red or blue; the Xperia Tipo Dual is available in black or white. Sony did not say when the phones would start shipping, but we’ll update you as soon we have more information.