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Sony Fans Outraged By Overhyped Xperia Miro And Xperia Tipo Release

Eric McBride
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Last Monday, Sony announced to fans on Facebook that a new smartphone was about to be released, and excited fans by running an ad campaign that allowed users to press a “fast forward” button on the release. After clicking the button, a few seconds were taken off the clock, giving fans and consumers control of when the device would be released. Not a bad strategy right? Fans also seemed to like the idea, and after 25,941 people pushed the button, the new device was revealed.

The good news is that 2 new Sony smartphones, the Xperia Miro and Xperia Tipo, were unveiled. The bad news is that after all that hype, the entry/mid level specs on the phones have seriously angered lots of Sony fans, and they didn’t hesitate to lash out at Sony on Facebook with plenty of four letter words, as you can see in their posted FB comments below.

Before you have a look at the angry comments, here is the partial spec list Sony has released so far for the devices.

Xperia Miro

  • 3.5" display for great browsing and entertainment experiences
  • Launching on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 5MP camera and brilliant quality video recording at 30fps
  • Sony's xLOUD audio technology gives crisp and loud sound
  • Deep Facebook integration with contacts, gallery and the music player for sharing and discovery
  • Customisable illuminations for incoming messages and social updates
  • Front-facing camera for video chat between smartphones, tablets and PCs
  • Contactless DLNA connectivity to easily view content like photos and videos on a TV, tablet and PC
  • Powerful battery with >24hrs usage time
  • Available in black, black/pink, white and white/gold colours

Xperia tipo

  • 3.2" scratch-resistant mineral glass display
  • Launching on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Dedicated set-up guide
  • Data management solution to identify data usage
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi(TM) for easy content sharing and web access
  • Powerful battery, 1500 maH, with >24hrs usage time
  • Available in red, white, blue and black

No word yet on the processors or price, but from what we see here, it’s pretty safe to say that they are entry level phones running ICS, which isn’t at all a bad thing if Sony gets the pricing right. What apparently has angered fans was all the hype surrounding the phones, as with such a big campaign, many people were expecting a high end device, as you can see here from their comments:

Pretty brutal stuff. Maybe Sony should tweak their marketing strategy a bit next time?

For anyone who is interested in the phones, here are 2 short videos that show the devices up close:

Xperia Miro:

 

Xperia Tipo:

What do you guys think? Are the reactions from fans justified? I have to admit myself that after all that hype, I was expecting a little more from Sony.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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  • t.j. cochran Jun 13, 2012 Link

    they seen to be harsh but I will reserve judgement until I buy one, as soon as the pricing comes down. Although I am an entry level user, I'll expect easy tutorial use.

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  • Eric McBride Jun 13, 2012 Link

    I would expect the same. I just wish Sony would have confirmed pricing though. Will update the thread for you as soon as I get it confirmed.

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