Sony Ericsson announces new smaller Xperia smartphones

The Xperia line of mobile phones will soon have some new and smaller editions. Engadget reports today that Sony Ericsson has just revealed plans to release the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro smartphone. Both versions will be running the newest version of the Android phone operating system (version 2.3. also known as Gingerbread).Both phones will also have a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running things inside.

The Xperia Mini will have a three inch touch screen and of course access to the Android Market to download and purchase tons of apps for the phone. It's also the smallest smartphone based on Android that will has support for up to 720p video recording as well as a 5 megapixel camera. The Xperia Mini Pro, shown in the image above, has a sliding keyboard for easy messaging. Business users can also sync up their email and calendar info with the new phone. Both the Xperia Mini and the Xperia Mini Pro should be released worldwide sometime in the third quarter of 2011. You can check out product pages for the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro on Sony Ericsson's web site.

The Xperia line of phones includes the Xperia Play, also known as the "Playstation Phone". It was officially announced last February with the claims of being able to play games specifically made for the phone. However the first reviews for that product have been mixed and there also have been supply issues that have hampered the release of the phone in certain markets.

 

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I wish they''d make a WP7 phone like the rumors said. Though I don't have much confidence in Sony's ability to move fast enough.

looks great and good size very portable, what i worry its about the lack of update or the late update of android phones by sony... other than that the price must be low considering that everything its dual core and bigger amoled screen

eilegz said,
looks great and good size very portable, what i worry its about the lack of update or the late update of android phones by sony... other than that the price must be low considering that everything its dual core and bigger amoled screen

They changes that with the release of their new generation Android phones, the Arc, Neo and play. unlike the X0 and X10 mini and X8, these run a much more standard anrdoid based shell, and they don't have complex integrated applications for photo and such like the old X10. So they can now upgrade much more quickly then they could with the X10 which required a lot more work.

I do wonder how this affects the Mini though, since because of it's size it ran a specialized shell that made it easy to use despite the small screen.

As for the screen, AMOLED doesn't make the screen more expensive or better. the new Xperia phones used much better SLCD screens that provide better image quality, contrast, colors and movement than the AMOLED's, the only thing the AMOLED is good at it blacks and dynamic contrast, which i absolutely useless. and they have PenTile matrix. the Arc and Neo also have by far the best screen of any smartphone right now with the Bravia engine running them.

Anyone remember the Sony Ericsson P800? That was a great smart phone. I wish they'd try that design again.

Vice said,
Anyone remember the Sony Ericsson P800? That was a great smart phone. I wish they'd try that design again.

Your joking? It looked terrible.

Tech Star said,

Your joking? It looked terrible.


Well I didn't mean the EXACT same thing I meant the same style but updated to reflect 2011. Like you know the P900? That was an updated P800 design for I think 2003 - I'd like to see the same ideas but updated for 2011. It's crazy to think the P900 came out in 2003 feels like it was only yesterday. God I'm getting old.

Vice said,

Well I didn't mean the EXACT same thing I meant the same style but updated to reflect 2011. Like you know the P900? That was an updated P800 design for I think 2003 - I'd like to see the same ideas but updated for 2011. It's crazy to think the P900 came out in 2003 feels like it was only yesterday. God I'm getting old.

I know what you mean - I owned both the P900 & P990 - Loved both of them.

The P900 developed problems with the touch screen - did detect the correct location
The P99 still works perfectly