The number of smarphone users is increasing day by day at leaps and bounds. People always look for a smartphone that offers the latest tech at a fraction of the cost. Sony is among the leading name in the smartphone industry. Mostly people think that Budget price and Sony smartphones are two opposite words. All the Sony smartphones are linked with style and class, but hardly they have been ever related with ‘cheap’ except the models available in the market since many years ago. If you are planning to purchase a new handset, then you should take a look at the Sony Xperia line-up. Your confusion of choosing the best mobile from the huge list of Sony Xperia smartphones is being decreased now as here is mentioned the top budget Sony Xperia Smartphones of 2012. When you compare against the other smartphones on the list, you will observe that each one of the smartphones has at least one strong point, so check out the all features and specifications of it and then opt one that suits your needs.
Best 5 low-cost Sony Xperia Smartphones of 2012:
1, Sony Xperia Tipo
- Price: £90 – $140
- Color options: white, black, blue and red color
This smarphone is the smaller, lighter sibling of the tipo and it sports a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display emitting bright colors and sharper resolution pictures. It is simple, yet a smart Android device that is planned to make life easy and faster too. It provides an immediate access to internet and online content. The Sony Xperia tipo not only comes in a single-SIM version but also a dual-SIM version known as tipodual. It features a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera on the rear-panel with 4x digital zoom and also video recording which is great for the casual snapper. This handset utilizes Qualcomm MSM7225AA 800 MHz processor with Adreno 200 dedicated GPU for graphics and other multimedia content.
It comes pre-loaded with Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sony Live UI and supports HSPA, WiFi and WiFi hotspot. Its dimensions are 103 x 57 x 13mm, and weigh just 99.4g. As the device is intended for every day requirements, it is packed with lots of apps such as email, Google maps and Google search. Using this phone, one can get connected to numerous songs on demand from Sony Music Unlimited. Other features include 512 MB RAM, 1,500mAh battery, 2.5GB of user-accessible memory (expandable with microSD) and more. It has been arrived in UK from August 8 with the price tag of £90 ($140).
2, Sony Xperia Miro
- Price: £126 – around $200
- Color options: black, black/pink, white/silver and white/gold
This device is stylish and slim, accessible in eye-catching colors with deep Facebook integration throughout together with in contacts, photo gallery and the music player, as well Sony’s xLOUD audio technology for crisp and loud sound. It is a fairly basic device having a 3.5 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Similar to the Tipo, the Miro will run Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, feature 800MHz processor with 512MB RAM, and arrive with Sony’s custom software enhancements. The Xperia Miro is just somewhat superior to the Xperia Tipo. The major difference among both is the fact that the Xperia Miro has a 5.0 MP rear camera full with autofocus and a LED flash, plus a VGA front camera for video calls. Thus, the price of Miro will be also increased due to the presence of a front camera.
This 3G enabled device will ensure best quality of chatting and quick data download services. The device features a 1500mAh standard Li-iON battery that gives up to 5 hours of talk time in 2G and up to 6 hours in 3G. It has 4GB internal memory out of which 2.2GB is obtainable to user, and also the memory can be further expanded up to 32GB through micro SD card. It weighs only 110 gms and has overall dimensions of 113 x 59.4 x 9.9 mm, making it extremely portable and appropriate for people who undertake heavy traveling. Other specs consists of Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP for quick and easy sharing of data, GPRS for internet connectivity, 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi Direct. Designed in candy bar form, the handset will be available in different color options. In UK, online retailers like Clove Technology have already started selling the Xperia Miro on pre-order for £126 (around $200).
3, Sony Xperia Neo L
- Price: $260 – $300
- Color options: black, white
An expansion of the Sony Experia Neo series, the Experia Neo L is a PlayStation certified device, which means that it has access to various PlayStation games. It is a mid-range smartphone packed with numerous clever features. Sony has projected the handset as an entertainment device, highlighting its faster processor, music/video playback and gaming capabilities. The smartphone comes in a bar shape and runs on the classy and futuristic Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS as well as possesses a dynamic 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor. It sports a 4 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels and has just 1 GB of internal memory (though micro SD cards are supported). The scratch resistant screen gives a level of ruggedness to the phone. A 512 MB RAM warrants its capability for running apps efficiently on the handset.
While designing this device, the makers have focused on aesthetics that could be observed in the phone’s dimensions – 61.1 x 121 x 12.2 mm. The device is very slender and comfy to hold with a thickness of 12.2 mm and 131.5 g weight. The phone is powered by 1460 mAh Li-Po battery, which give up to 7 hours of talktime on 2G or 3G networks. It has 5 MP rear camera with a LED flash and autofocus, and 720p video recording in addition to VGA front-facing video calling camera. It supports all main connectivity options including Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS, 3G with HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps. The Neo L still stands on top in many areas, though it was released before the Xperia Miro and Xperia Tipo. The price of the Xperia Neo L differs from place to place as it has been out from last some months. It seems to be available at the range of $260 to $300.
4, Sony Xperia U
- Price: $300 – $340
- Color options: black and white
The Sony Xperia U has an eye-catching design and a host of functional and user-friendly features that leave users with a sense of satisfaction. In fact the Xperia U is very similar to the Xperia P and Xperia S in terms of design. It appears simple and graceful without being bland or boring. It sports a 3.5-inch scratch-resistant capacitive touchscreen that supports FWVGA, 854 x 480 pixel resolution with 16 M colors that offering you trouble-free navigation and colorful display. The phone is released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but it will receive an update to Android 4.0 very soon. The handset has a 1320 mAh standard Li-ion battery that delivers up to 6 hours talk time on the 2G network and up to 5 hours of talktime on the 3G network. The Xperia U is powered by a 1GHz dual core processor and comes with an inbuilt memory of 8 GB and 512 MB RAM. Its dimensions are 112 x 54 x 12 mm and weighs 110 g.
The smartphone comes filled with a 5MP primary camera with 16 x digital zoom and LED flash. The camera has a range of helpful features like Geo-tagging, auto focus, 3D sweep panorama, touch focus, image stabilization, face and smile detection, self timer and image editor. The phone has also a 0.3 megapixel secondary camera which is placed on the front of the phone. The Xperia is Wi-Fi enabled and even supports the Wi-Fi hotspot feature which lets the Xperia to connect to the mobile network and act as a Wi-Fi router. It features a broad range of Google apps and one can stay connected with friends and obtain instant updates on Facebook and enjoy instant messaging too. For your amusement, the Java enabled Xperia U has a music player, video player and FM radio. The price of this device is slightly high at around $300 to $340.
5, Sony Xperia Sola
- Price: $280 – $310
- Color options: red, black, white
A fixed design style for all 2012 smartphones is being followed by Sony, excluding Xperia sola, which provides a distinct basic design that can not win design awards but is quite decent. Sony Xperia Sola has been filled with some of the most required features for a superior user experience. For people who don’t like huge smartphones and favor the pocketable ones, Xperia sola is a right choice. It has a brilliant 3.7-inch display with a 480 x 854 pixel resolution, which is in no way small, a pleasingly thin body at 9.9mm and weighs only 107 grams. The handset feels nice in hand and provides the premium feel. It has 512 MB of RAM with 8GB of internal memory, out of which 5GB is user accessible and it is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor (NovaThor U8500 chipset). This device assures an optimized performance with Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system and the company also stated that it is in line to obtain an upgrade to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The phone has a 1320 mAh battery that delivesr a talk time of up to 6 hours and a standby time of up to 475 hours. Connectivity options consist of Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS and WLAN. It features a 5 MP camera on its back helps you to capture and store live action in vibrant stills. It can even record videos with 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution and that also at 30 frames per second, this allows you to capture your surroundings in moving stills. Moreover, the LED flash present with the camera aids you acquire clear visuals yet in dim light. Few other evident features contain 3D sweep panorama, HD recording, touch focus, geo-tagging and 16x of digital zoom. The phone comes with the price tag of around $280 to $310.