Sony Xperia Tipo, tasting tapioca

Sony Xperia Tipo

The Sony Xperia Tipo looks to me as a disguised Xperia Mini. With some pluses and minuses compared to the Xperia Mini, the Sony Xperia Tipo is a nice looking phone based on Sony’s NXT design.

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band UMTS support
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 3.2″ 256K-color capacitive TFT touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480)
  • Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 800 MHz Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7225AA chipset
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 2.5GB of inbuilt storage
  • microSD slot (32GB supported)
  • 3.15 MP fixed-focus camera, geo-tagging
  • VGA video @ 25fps
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • User-accessible battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh

Full specs here.

The Xperia Tipo is a low-end smartphone packed with Android OS version 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has an 800 MHz Cortex-A5 processor and an Adreno 200 GPU. Those two are based on the Qualcomm MSM7225AA chipset. The RAM memory has 512Mb. Internal storage has 3GB from which 2.5GB are user available. Sony has optimized the OS very good because it occupies such a little storage. With a microSD card you can extend the storage up to 32Gb. The phone has accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors.

About the camera is not much to say. It has a 3.15 MP sensor with fixed focus and geo-tagging. Video recording is VGA. At a sensor this small it takes good pictures with nice colors.

The phone measures 103x57x13mm and weighs 99.4 grams. The display size has 3.2 inches and supports 320×480 pixels and has a pixels density of 180ppi. It supports multitouch and has a scratch resistant glass. Viewing angles are good and the colors are bright. The legibility in sun light is quite good.

The speed on the 3G connection is very good for a low-end phone. It has 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA. The Wi-Fi connection it set through the b/g/n protocols and has Wi-Fi Hotspot support. Also it has Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and a microUSB slot.

The Xperia Tipo has Adobe Flash support, GPS with A-GPS and stereo FM radio with RDS. It comes in four different types of colors: classic white, classic black, deep red and navy blue.

The 1500 mAh battery and the 3.2 inches display are making a nice partnership. The battery is big enough and the display doesn’t consume too much energy. In this combination the phone can last three or maybe four days of moderate use. At an intensive usage it still can manage to keep the phone on for two days.

Overall the Sony Xperia Tipo is a nice low-end pocket smartphone affordable for anyone. You can check good deals with it on It has decent hardware configuration and the browsing experience is fine.


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