There has been a lot of talk about the upcoming Sony Xperia Tapioca which made its appearance via a number of leaked photographs which show off the budget phone in its black, glossy glory. The first reports of the Tapioca were being heard back in January when a number of specs were leaked. If anything these specs were uninspiring and so many people gave up on even waiting for the phone’s release except for a few budget buyers.
Things quickly changed when last week images of Sony’s upcoming budget handset managed to make their way to the web with the first ones appearing on a German tech blog. In the pictures leaked you can see the new Tapioca right next to Sony’s Xperia S, it is pretty clear that the new handset is inspired in part by HTC’s Wildfire S. The phone looks to be made pretty much from shiny plastic, be considerably light weight and have your usual TFT screen.
The second image was leaked by a Russian site which shows the Sony Xperia Tapioca, it has the same design but is branded with “Sony Ericsson livery”. But you can expect the phone to be branded as just Sony at release time. Sony however, has not announced a release date for the phone or even if the phone was currently being tested.
What you can expect?
The new Sony Xperia Tapioca is going to be targeted at the budget user. The report suggests that it will have a 3.2 inch display, have a mid range 800 MHz processor, a 3 megapixel camera, 512 MB of RAM and run Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich. If anything this phone is going up against other better equipped mid range phones such as the BlackBerry Curve 9320, and the Huawei Ascend G300 as well as the much rumored HTC Desire C. So if Sony wants to maintain an edge over its competitors it may want to keep pricing low in order to conquer an already crowded market. Budget buyers will be wise to also invest in mobile insurance which does not cost a lot and ends up protecting you from issues like theft and loss of your phone.
These pictures clearly demonstrate that the phone is currently in the works and can be expected soon. However, when contacted Sony declined to comment on what it calls “rumors”.