Sony makes some amusing good looking Android smartphones. They make rugged ones too, like the recently launched Xperia Go which phone can stand up to daily use, and then occasional bangs. You can leave it in the snow, immerse in water or throw it around, but you will still find it working just fine. Up till now, Motorola was the only company offering such kind of phones through its Defy line up. Sony is great when it comes to software updates, and has a good track record of rolling out newest system updates on their lineup. For instance, all of 2011 Xperia phones have got Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update already, which is great.
Now, here’s a good news for Sony fans out there. The Japanese technology major is all set to introduce three new handsets in the U.S. market. The handsets which will be launching include the Sony Xperia Acro S, Xperia Tipo Dual and Xperia advance. Going by the looks, the manufacturer seems to be refreshing its U.S. line-up of Xperia smartphones.
Below is a brief summary for each of the phones that will be launching:
Sony Xperia Acro S: The Xperia Acro S will fall under the high-end device category. It will be booting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, unlike the latest Xperia phones which are coming with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (with a promise to upgrade it to Android 4.0 ICS in the near future). The Acro S will feature a fairly big 4.3 inch LED-backlit HD display, HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Sony Music Unlimited, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, xLOUD entertainment, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, PlayStation Certification, 12MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, MicroSD card support, and an IP57 certified case (dust and water resistant, similar to the Xperia Go). The handset measures 126 x 66 x 11.9 mm, weighs 147 grams and comes with a 1,910 mAh battery and will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running the show underneath.
Sony Xperia Advance: Similar the Xperia Acro S, the Xperia Advance is also IP67-certified, meaning it will be resistant to dust while being water resistant and capable of taking beatings, but unlike Acro S, this device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though it will be upgradeable to ICS later this year like most of the 2012 Xperia smartphones out there. It offers a 3.5 inch HVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS, 1GHz dual core NovaThor U8500 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p video recording. Do these specs sound familiar? Yes, it is the internationally available Sony Xperia Go with a new name. The device is currently available in Europe for around $350, unlocked.
Sony Xperia Tipo Dual: Xperia Tipo Dual will be a placed below the Xperia Advance, and you might have guessed by the name, it’s a dual SIM phone, meaning you can have two connections on the phone at the same time. Like the Xperia Advance, even Xperia Tipo Dual will boot Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It features a 3.2 inch HVGA screen, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, 800Mhz processor, 512MB of RAM, 2.9GB of internal memory, a 3.2 megapixel rear camera, MicroSD card support, and a 1,500 mAh battery. Yes, the specs are pretty low end, but that shouldn’t be surprising as it will be catering the low of end segment of smartphones, and will be priced accordingly.
The Xperia Acro S and Xperia Advance sound really good. Xperia Advance or the Go is a really capable smartphone, not in terms of computing horsepower, but the way it is able to withstand force. I had posted few videos of Xperia Go undergoing stress test, and they can be found here. If you watch the videos, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The Xperia Go (Advance) comes with a 3.5” screen, which is pretty small going by today’s standard, but Xperia Acro S can be a really feasible option. Xperia Acro S has better processor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, all encased in a IP57 certified case which is dust and water resistant. How you look at this phone is subjective. People who are into trekking and stuff will look Xperia Acro S and Xperia Advance as a revolution, while for others, it will be an average device. Sony Xperia Tipo Dual on the other hand has pretty sad specs as most of the Android smartphones today are powered by at least 1 Ghz processor. All the three handsets are listed on Sony’s U.S. website as coming soon, but the company is still mum on the pricing department.
These phones will be added to Sony’s existing line up of Xperia models in the US, which as of now has six models, namely Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia Sola, Xperia Tipo, and Xperia Ion. Currently, only the Ion is available via AT&T. I suspect that Sony will be offering these devices as unlocked (full price) and not subsidized through carriers, and if that’s the case, Sony has little chances of making any impact in the U.S. smartphone market. The Xperia Acro S and Xperia Tipo Dual will be offered in black and white, while the Xperia Advance will be offered in three color versions: black, white, and yellow. You can check out the phones on the official website over here.
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