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Sony ST21i Tapioca, the Cheaper Xperia, Now With More Pictures

After seeing Sony’s LT29i Hayabusa powerful smartphone, it’s time to dumb things down a bit. Now we have a leak of a model called Sony ST21i Tapioca, a lower end handset, that is supposed to arrive in July, just like the Hayabusa. Rumored specs first appeared for the Tapioca in January, but since then it’s been a mystery.

Now we have some images that are supposed to portray this handset, included in this article. The specs remain unchanged from the last time we saw the Tapioca, including a single core 800 MHz Qualcomm chip, 512 MB of RAM, a 3.2 inch display with a HVGA resolution and a 3 megapixel camera at the back. Of course, these specs come with limitations, like the one of the camera, that’s only capable to do VGA capture at best. This is also a pretty bulky device, as shown by the images, with an unusually raised screen.

One would even think that this is an Xperia Mini model with a sliding keyboard hidden in there, but that’s not the case. Rumors also mentioned a Tapioca DS on some leaked roadmap, so maybe there will be a sliding QWERTY version of the phone, rumored to arrive at some point in August. If this is priced below $200 it’s a solid purchase, off contract of course.