The unlocked version of Sony Xperia Acro S (aka Sony LT26w) is now available in the United States bearing a $599.99 price tag. Sony aficionados could get a unit of this smartphone from Sony Stores available. Apparently, Sony doesn’t have meek relationship with US providers and no one actually knows if this is a deliberate move or not. One thing is for sure, though, Sony is still trying some ways to have a better grip of the US smartphone market.
Hardware. Sony Xperia Acro S is a solid mid-ranger bearing Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset with a dual-core Scorpion processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It also comes with integrated Adreno 220 graphics processing unit that relays display output to Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine for better picture.
Memory. Being one of the Xperia units released this year, Sony has made it ready for higher versions of Android by giving it 1GB RAM. Mobile devices do not really require so much memory to run so 1GB is more than enough for this device. Sony has given this device 16GB internal memory with 11GB available for users. It also comes with a microSD slot supporting up to 32GB external memory for people who may find 16GB not enough for files.
Display. Xperia devices normally sport an LED-backlit LCD touchscreen and Acro S is no exception. Behind its 4.3-inch screen is Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Together with Adreno 220 GPU, it makes 720 x 1280 pixels resolution possible bringing along 342ppi pixel density.
Camera. Being the company behind the popular Cybershot technology, it is expected of Sony to provide decent camera specs. True enough, Xperia Acro S sports 12 megapixels primary camera with 3D sweep panorama feature and advanced image stabilization technology. The secondary camera has 1.3 MP but capable of [email protected] video recording.
Battery. Sony Xperia Acro S has Li-Ion battery pack with 1910mAh that could power the device up to 6 hours and 40 minutes max. But having an LED-backlit screen means it might just be able to stay alive for about 4 to 5 hours of straight gaming or browsing over a 3G network.
Sony Xperia Acro S come out of the box with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but there is no word from the company if Jelly Bean update will be released shortly after release. However, based on Sony’s habit of releasing updates, Jelly Bean may not come until 2nd week of 2013. Lastly, since it is not subsidized by any US carrier, those who are planning to buy one would have to spend $600 but of course, there’s no contract.
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