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Sony Ericsson Introduces Xperia Pro Smartphone With Gingerbread

Sony Ericsson Introduces Xperia Pro Smartphone With Gingerbread

Mobile World Congress is underway in Spain, and already new mobile products are flowing. One of the ones that Sony Ericsson managed to keep under wraps until the show is the Xperia Pro, launching for the first time in Barcelona. It's a pretty big phone, with a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard for those who prefer real keys over virtual, on-screen keyboards. It measures 120-x57-x13.5mm and weighs 140 grams, and includes a microSD card slot, Google's Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU and a battery that will last through 31 hours of music, 7+ hours of video and nearly 7 hours of talking.


SE has also included a Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, not to mention an Exmor R sensor for enabling better-than-average cameraphone images. There's a built-in HDMI connector, a 3.7" (854x480 pixel) display and an exterior color option: silver, red and black. The phone will ship in select markets from the end of Q2, but one has to wonder if Android 2.3 won't be old news by then. Unfortunately, a price estimate isn't being given.


February 13, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Sony Ericsson today unveils the Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, the newest additions to the new generation of Xperia™ smartphones. Closely following the launch of the Xperia™ arc smartphone earlier this year, these latest smartphones also feature cutting edge technology from Sony and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Android™ platform – Gingerbread.

As well as best-in-class imaging and display technology from Sony, the Xperia™ pro combines an optimized slide-out keyboard with smart functions to create a fast messaging experience. Featuring an ergonomically crafted keyboard, Sony Ericsson has focused on integrating the hardware with clever messaging functions for a perfect user experience. Xperia™ pro introduces the subtle but fast Type & Send functionality eliminating the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message, and Smart Keyboard that triggers predictive messaging actions automatically when the user slides out the keyboard.

Xperia™ pro is also the ideal business phone for Android fans coming complete with a set of professional functions such as syncing your email, calendar and contacts in a secure way and the pre-loaded Office Suite Pro lets consumers view and edit office documents directly on the phone.

Steve Walker, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson said, "We want to be a leader in Android and with Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, we are now are offering excellent, innovative Android choices for consumers. These latest devices combine stunning design with state-of-the-art Sony technology and a new faster messaging experience on the Xperia™ pro, creating an entertaining smartphone experience."

The best of Sony technology once again features in both Xperia™ pro and Xperia™ neo. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Sony's award-winning Exmor R™ for mobile sensor enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared on an HD TV in your living room via the built in HDMI-connector.

Xperia™ neo builds on the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known with a unique shape that not only looks good, but is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the user's hand, especially when taking pictures.

Both smartphones will launch on the latest version of the Android™ platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available via the Android market. Xperia™ smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast uncompromised access to the Web with Adobe® Flash® Player to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo – Key features
• Exmor R™. Great stills and videos even in low light
• Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
• Built-in HDMI. Your stills and videos on HD TV
• More than 100,000 apps on Android Market
• Google™ services. At your service

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo will be available in the following colours: Blue Gradient, Red and Silver.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro – Key features
• Touch phone with perfect slide-out keyboard and smart functions for fast messaging
• Synch your email and edit office documents on the go
• Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and Exmor R™ for mobile
• HDMI. Connect to an HD TV or a projector
• Google™ services and more than 100,000 apps on Android Market™

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro will be available in the following colours: Black, Red, Silver

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo will be available globally in selected markets from end Q1 and Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro from end Q2.
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Woah... i love that keyboard!! the keys are soo spaced out.

And 31 hours of music... Hmm, thats about 20 hours earth time. Still not bad at all!!

But any techsavvy users might not be interested... simply because sony and their phones..locked bootloader, and the sony timescape... even on the x10 it was laggy

But looks good!

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Now if SE can release this promptly, RIM will be black'n'blue after the dust settles....

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