Sony unveils Xperia miro and Xperia tipo smartphones

Two new Xperia handsets will launch before the end of the year, Sony has announced. The Xperia miro and Xperia tipo are both entry-level smartphones, described as "stylish, fun and easy to use."

"Xperia miro and Xperia tipo are for consumers looking for entertainment experiences and functionality traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones", said Sony's director of Xperia marketing Calum MacDougall.

The miro's signature feature is its Facebook integration, which allows users to connect to their contacts, as well as share photo and music data through the social network. The handset will have a 3.5in display, a 5-megapixel camera and ship with 4GB of internal storage, which will be upgradeable to 32GB via a microSD slot. The Xperia miro will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on an 800MHz processor. The device will be available in black, black pink, white and white gold iterations.

The Xperia tipo, on the other hand, clocks in at a slightly smaller 3.2in, with a 3.2-megapixel camera and a paltry 2.9 GB storage. But it, too, will feature a microSD slot, making it exponentially upgradeable to a storage capacity of 32GB. Similar to the miro, the Xperia tipo will be powered by an 800MHz processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device will ship in red, white, blue and black versions.

Sony expects both the Xperia miro and Xperia tip to be available at some point in the third quarter of 2012. No word yet on prices, but the smartphones' modest specs suggest they will likely target the lower-end of the market.