JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony showed off a line of Christmas phones at a press event in London Tuesday and The INQUIRER got a good look at the Sony Xperia Miro smartphone.
The Miro is one of Sony's more affordable Android phones, but it manages to run the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
With a decently sized and fairly bright 3.5in display, the capacitive touchscreen appears reasonably sharp for a mid-range smartphone, although it does show finger smudges a little more than we would have liked.
Inside is an 800MHz Cortex A9 processor along with 512MB of RAM, so it should handle everyday tasks with ease. Just don't expect to be able to run multiple apps on it simultaneously without it slowing down.
The Miro has a 5MP camera and comes powered by a Li-Ion 1,500mAh battery that Sonly claims will offer up to five hours of chin-wagging or 19 days on standby.
Weighing 110g and measuring 113x59.4x9.9mm, it's a slim, compact and lightweight affordable smartphone.
Expect it to cost around £150 when it arrives in September, in a choice of black, pink and white. µ
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