Hello friends, we have the first idea and glimpse of what will be the new standard-bearer for entry-level smartphones. The long-rumored Sony ST21i (also known as “Tapioca”) looks to be the newest addition to the Xperia family. It was recently outed by tech blog Techblog.gr and reveals an impressive design of the device. As you can see, the ST21i seems to be based off its big brother the Xperia S and will have 3 capacative buttons on the front. In addition, the Android 4.0-powered smartphone will feature:
- A 3.2-inch screen
- Qualcomm MSM7227 800MHz processor with an Adreno 200 GPU
- 512MB of RAM
- 3MP camera
There are no further details of the device for now, but we suspect it won’t be long before we have additional details. Hit the break for an additional shot of the intriguing entry-level device.
MediaTek, a mobile semiconductor company that has already partnered with Google on Google TV, has decided to take Android 4.0 to the masses. Announcing their MT6575 Android Platform yesterday, MediaTek plans to make it possible to offer Android 4.0-capable devices for under $190. Focusing squarely at entry-level and mid-range markets, the reference specs read like last year’s top phones:
- 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor
- 3G/HSPA modem
- 8MP camera
- 720p high-definition playback/recording
- qHD (960×540)
- PowerVR SGX Series 5 GPU
- Dual SIM capable
Regional Kentucky carrier Bluegrass Cellular has got the Samsung Gem available now for the low, low price of $59 with a two-year contract. Of course, you could also buy it contract-free for $205, and that’s a pretty reasonable price for the hardware. As a reminder, this phone sports Android 2.1 and an 800MHz processor with a 3.2-inch screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It also comes with Swype pre-installed for easier text entry.
If you’re in the Kentucky area in the market for an entry-level phone, this is a very solid offering. Drop by your local Bluegrass Cellular dealer and have a look!
[via Android Central]