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Sony Ericsson launches affordable Xperia pro and neo

Jonathan Morris
February 13, 2011

Sony Ericsson has launched two affordable Xperia mobile phones, the Xperia pro and Xperia neo, each running on Android OS 2.3 and having design cues from the Vivaz and X10 mini pro.

The two latest additions follow on from the announcement of the flagship Xperia arc shown earlier in the year, incorporating features like Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA engine for the best possible display quality, and Sony’s Exmor R image sensor for top-quality imaging and video, even in the lowest light conditions.

Each model also has an HDMI output for connecting any HD television, along with Android 2.3. Sony Ericsson has promised to ensure future updates come out quickly, welcome news to owners of any product within the X10 family we’re sure.

The Xperia pro, with its slide-out keyboard, features a fast Type & Send function that does away with the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message, plus Smart Keyboard which triggers predictive messaging actions when the keyboard is utilised.

Inspired by the Symbian-powered Vivaz smartphone released in early 2010 (which introduced Sony Ericsson’s new ‘human curvature’ design language to the world), the Xperia neo will be available from March in a choice of colours, including blue, red and silver. The Xperia pro, also available in March, will be offered in black, red and silver.

Prices are expected to be low for each model, offering a high-performance Android experience on an affordable monthly contract of around £25 per month, unlike the Xperia arc and Xperia play models that will each command a premium.

Sony Ericsson Xperia neo

Sony Ericsson Xperia neo

  • 116x57x13mm / 126g
  • 320MB RAM + microSDHC cards up to 32GB (8GB supplied)
  • Android 2.3 – upgradeable
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor
  • 3.7-inch, 854×480 pixel, Mobile BRAVIA display, 16.8M colours (scratch resistant)
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape (social networking) app
  • DLNA + HDMI out

Sony Ericsson Xperia pro

Sony Ericsson Xperia pro

  • 120x57x13.5mm / 140g
  • 320MB RAM + microSDHC cards up to 32GB (8GB supplied)
  • Android 2.3 – upgradeable
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor
  • 3.7-inch, 854×480 pixel, Mobile BRAVIA display, 16.8M colours (scratch resistant)
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape (social networking) app
  • DLNA + HDMI out
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard

We will have hands-on pictures and video later in the week.

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