Ah yes, another bit of news for that mysterious, but well-known Sony ST21i Tapioca people have been talking about. Well apparently Sony wanted to play coy and not give up any details since we had seen additional photos, but we managed to get some information on the smartphone. According to the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Technology, the 800Mhz single core and Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone will be identified as the Sony Xperia Tipo and no— it’s not a typo. Oh and if you don’t think this is the real deal, check out the screenshot below which highlights the phone’s model number and model name:
Now that we have a name to the device, all we need now is where and when the phone will be released. Come on Sony— stop with the teases already.
source: Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Technology
Looks like we have some information about an upcoming and intriguing LG budget phone. Apparently, the LG E400— otherwise known as the “Optimus L3″— is up for pre-order online at a Swedish retailer. This retailer is listing the phone at 1,290 kr (roughly $190 US or 144 Euros). While we don’t know the complete details of the internals, we do know the phone will feature Gingerbread 2.3, a 3MP camera and a microSD card slot. Expect more information to leak out as we approach MWC.
It looks as though the rumored release date for the HTC Explorer, a.k.a. Pico, has come to fruition. Last week we told you that it was to be released on Sept. 29th, and well… it did! Today HTC announced that the budget friendly device will be heading to India and Europe, expanding the market for affordable smartphones. The phone will arrive in India and EMEA markets in Q4. UK’s Vodafone also said they too will soon offer the device. There is no word on price as of yet but you can be sure that it won’t break the bank. The Explorer will be available in three colors, Metallic Black, Active Black, and Metallic Navy, and will have enough specs to get the job done:
- 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution
- 600 MHz processor
- 512 MB internal storage
- 512 MB RAM
- 3 MP camera
- WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 1230 mAh battery
Full press release after the break.
Want to know how to get an Android smartphone into more people’s hands? You do exactly what AT&T is doing by offering one for $30. Another kicker, by the looks of the screenshot, is it looks to be rocking stock Android 2.2 (huge bonus). We don’t have a full breakdown of specs on the Impulse 4G, but this is what we know so far:
- 3.8” Capacitive WVGA Touchscreen
- Operating System: Android 2.2
- 5MP Camera with auto-focus, flash, and 720p HD video record
- Wi-Fi with access to AT&T’s Hotspots
- GPS Navigation
- Dimensions: 120mm x 65mm x 11.6mm
It’s a pretty safe bet that this will not be a dual-core device (I could be wrong here), so existing sales like the dual-core LG Thrill at the same price might leave this one hanging in the wind. With that said, it’s likely this may end up being a free device with a contract, and there is always a place in this world for free stuff. I’m sure anyone on a budget who needs a new phone wouldn’t look away from this device in the store. This is AT&T’s first smartphone from manufacturer Huawei and will be available on September 18th.