By 30 May 2012 | Categories: news


Sony mobile communications has announced two new editions to the Xperia range of smartphones, the Xperia go and Xperia acro S. These two smartphones are aimed at adventurous and active users, since they incorporate scratch resistant mineral glass displays and meet industry standard IP (international protection) ratings for protection against dust and water immersion.

According to the Japanese firm, industry research has demonstrated that consumers consider durability and water resistance as important features when purchasing a smartphone. For example, a study conducted in Japan by Mobile Marketing Data Labo found that water resistance is in the top three most important features for smartphone buyers.

In a recent poll on Sony Mobile’s Facebook community, over a third of participants listed durability as the most important feature when choosing a smartphone.

Going off the grid with the Sony Xperia go

Sony’s Xperia go measures in at 111 x 60.3 x 9.8 mm and tips the smartphone scale at 110 g. This PlayStation certified mobile device is powered by a 1 Ghz dual-core processor (make not specified). It further boasts a 3.5" (320 x 480) Reality Display that features Sony’s Mobile Bravia engine for enhanced screen clarity, as well as scratch resistant mineral glass protection and wet finger tracking technology.

The Xperia go (to be known as the Xperia advance in the US) also sports the highest level of dust and water resistance to be found in a smartphone (IP67 rating) according to Sony, and features a 5 MP fast snapping camera that goes from sleep to capture in just over a second.

This device also boasts 512 MB RAM and provides access to around 4 GB of user-accessible memory from the 8 GB of internal phone storage that the Xperia go is equipped with, and users can expand upon that via a microSD memory card slot (which supports up to 32 GB sized cards).   

Sony’s Xperia go (to become available in black, white and yellow colours) will be launching worldwide during Q3 2012, with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) running the mobile operating system (OS) show. The company did state that the smartphone is upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with an update becoming available at a later stage. No pricing details were revealed.

Sony Xperia acro S

Sony’s other new water resistant (IP57, plus IP55 dust resistance rating) smartphone is the Xperia acro S, which measures 126 x 66 x 11.9 mm and weighs 147 g. Like the new Xperia S it features a 4.3" HD (720 x 1280 pixels, 720p) Reality Display for even greater display clarity.

This smartphone sports a 12.1 megapixel auto-focus snapper with pulsed LED flash, Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor and f/2.4 aperture. The camera can capture 3D sweeping panorama shots and record full HD (1080p) videos. In addition, there’s a front-facing 1.3 MP camera for taking self-portraits and making HD (720p) video calls.

Unlike the Xperia go, the Xperia acro S will operate on Android Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. It is powered by a snappy 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (make unknown) and features up to 16 GB of internal phone storage (only about 11 GB is user-accessible memory), NFC (near field communication) technology, 1 GB RAM to allow for smooth multi-tasking, and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32 GB in size.   

The Xperia acro S will also become globally available during Q3 2012 and will be released in three colour choices, namely black, white and pink. No pricing info is available yet.

In related news, Sony also announced the Xperia sola earlier this year, which boasts a 3.7" (480 x 854 pixels, 265 ppi pixel density) Reality Display, is powered by a 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor and sports the company’s xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology to boost the audio experience.


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