Good ol' Sony is raring to get on the holiday train! The company is ready to introduce a couple of new handset goodies for handset-hunting peeps here in the Philippines. And, get this, one of 'em is a dual-SIM Android device! In the land of smartphones we can say, "kakaiba yan!"
Sony Xperia tipo dual
Dual-SIM Androids, while not exactly new, are still quite rare. That's why we're interested in Sony's new Xperia tipo dual. The specs for this one includes a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 3.15-megapixel camera, almost 3GB of internal storage (with microSD card expansion), and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
We know, those won't exactly blow your mind away (especially if you know your smartphones). But the tipo dual is also seen as an entry-level device so, we reckon this is good—for now. Also, its main draw is its dual-SIM with dual-standby feature (the ability to use both SIMs simultaenously to send/receive texts and make/take calls), not drool-inducing hardware. How much does one cost? We'll get to that in a bit but first...
Sony Xperia J
We did say it's a couple, right? Together with the tipo dual, Sony will also unveil the Xperia J. Nope, this one isn't a dual-SIM handset, but it does come with better specs. Think dual-cameras (5-megapixel main with LED flash and autofocus, VGA secondary), 1GHz CPU (although RAM is also at 512MB), 4GB internal storage (with microSD card slot up to 32GB), and a bigger battery.
It also has a bigger screen at 4-inches and a thinner frame compared to its dual-SIM sibling (although it weighs a tad more). It also comes with a serving of Android Ice Cream Sandwich for your app-hungry appetite.
Pricing and availability
We just got word that the Xperia tipo dual will arrive by the end of this month and will go for P8,290. That's a tad higher than what we expected. Still, a sub-9K Android smartphone (with dual-SIM capabilities at that!) coming from a reputable brand might be something worthy of your consideration.
On the other hand, the more well-endowed but dual-SIM-lacking Xperia J is more expensive (as expected) at P13,490. See it land on local store shelves in the last week of November, just in time for your annual pamasko trips to your ninongs and ninangs.