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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Down To £180

The number of sub-£200 Android-based smartphones is increasing by the day and the latest one, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is worth considering as it looks like an excellent all-rounder.

The phone - which is unlocked and SIM Free - was unveiled last year at Mobile World Congress and its price has been halved to £180 by Prepaymania, possibly an attempt to clear out remaining stock ahead of the launch of new handsets by Sony Mobile.

The Neo comes with a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz with an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB RAM, a microSD card slot, a 3.7in 854 x 480 pixels capacitive touchscreen display with a scratch resistant surface, an eight megapixel camera with HD recording, LED flash and autofocus, a secondary front facing camera, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, a microUSB port and a 1500mAh battery.

The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with Sony's Timescape UI a well as the Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine. Sony Mobile has already confirmed that it will offer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for it.

Expect competition to heat up at the lower end of the market; Huawei has a phone with the same specs as the original Galaxy S for around £110 (but locked to Vodafone).

Source : Prepaymania (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.