The rugged Sony Xperia Go is currently being examined at the FCC, which will check whether it is fit for sale in the US market. Users are cautioned, however, that this device is an international model, and only runs on GSM and EDGE with carriers based in the US. Otherwise, its 900MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands are supported by 3G connectivity in other parts of the world.
This phone features a sturdy yet elegant design that is appropriate for those who work in extreme environments, travel frequently, or simply not very careful when it comes to handling electronic devices. Among its features is a scratch-resistant display made of mineral glass that is sensitive to touch even from wet fingers. It also boasts of an IP67 Rating which confirms that it passes standards in water and dust resistance.
Users, however, should not expect for high-end features on the device as its target is the low- to mid-range segment of consumers. Sony equips the device with a 3.5-inch Reality Display with a resolution of only 320 x 420p and 165 ppi. This comes, however, with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, so images are still supposed to be quite clear.
The durable device is powered by a 1 GHz ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 processor and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but may be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for some added features. ARM Mali-400, meanwhile, is its GPU, and it has 512 MB of RAM available as well as 4 GB of internal storage.
Sony furthermore includes a 5 MP camera that can take 720p-quality videos and is able to rouse from standby to shooting mode almost instantly. On top of this, the Japanese company has preloaded the device with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited to provide some mobile entertainment.
There is no definite date for the launch of the Xperia Go, but it might be slated for a late summer international release.
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