The Sony Xperia Tipo first came to our attention at IFA 2012, with the entry-level smartphone now one of the cheapest to offer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, selling for just £69.95 (plus a minimum £10 top up) via Carphone Warehouse.
As part of the deal, Sony is giving 60 days access to its premium music service, Music Unlimited, and if you nab the Xperia Tipo on Virgin Mobile, you will get one year of free Internet worth £60 as part of your mandatory top-up. The phone is available in dark blue, pink and black.
The features include a weight of 100g, a 3.2in 480 x 320 pixel display, a 1,500mAh battery, xLOUD audio technology, a microSD card slot, USB, GPS, a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225A system-on-chip clocked at 800MHz, 512MB of RAM, 2.5GB on-board storage and up to 4.5 hours talk time.
Geared towards a younger crowd, the Tipo also includes a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and an FM radio, but does not have a front-facing snapper.
Sony’s candidate for the entry-level market is a solid model which easily overcomes competition from the likes of the LG Optimus L3 or the Alcatel One Touch OT-903.