Sony to ship cheapest smartphone with Ice Cream Sandwich on 17 August

Carphone Warehouse has started to sell the Sony Mobile Xperia Tipo, the cheapest phone to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has an expected delivery date of 17 August.

The phone – like almost all Carphone Warehouse handsets, should be unlocked – will cost only £89.95 on pay as you go, plus a compulsory £10 top up. This is compared to the £150 cost from another retailer, Expansys.

The Tipo comes with a tiny 3.2in capacitive display with a 480 x 320-pixel resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225-A processor, clocked at 800MHz. There is also 512MB of RAM on-board, with 2.9GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Other specifications include a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, a 1500mAh battery. This is with Sony’s own xLOUD audio technology, Music unlimited and no front facing camera.

Sony’s new entry level smartphone will face some serious competition from the ZTE Crescent (Orange San Francisco II) and from the HTC Desire C.

Sony Mobile is also offering the chance for Xperia handset buyers to win a trip to Ibiza for two. Accompanying this are return flights, four nights at the Ibiza Rocks hotel, airport transfers, insurance, entrance to the Pacha night club and €400 spending money per person.

Source: Carphone Warehouse