The Sony Xperia Tipo is due out in the UK this month, and now it has become clear that two operators will be carrying the budget conscious smartphone.
Orange has put the handset up on its “coming soon” page (along with the BlackBerry Curve 9320 in white). The Tipo will be available on pay-as-you-go and monthly contracts.
O2 has also listed the Tipo on its coming soon page, although again, unfortunately no exact pricing details are there at the moment. The release date is, as expected, posted up as August.
The Tipo is an Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) phone which is designed to be easy to use, with integrated Facebook, and a battery that offers five hours of talk time, and 470 hours on standby.
Other specs include a 3.2 inch display with a resolution of 320 x 480, a 3.2 megapixel camera (with a 4x digital zoom), 3GB of storage, an FM radio, Wi-Fi, bluetooth and GPS. The processor is an 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon.
With Orange, you also get access to the network’s HD Voice service, for crystal clear calls (at least theoretically).
Exactly how cheap this handset will be on network contracts, we shall have to see, but Expansys is offering the Tipo at £150 sim-free (with pre-orders now open), so the monthly asking price should be pretty low.