To complement the announcement of the Xperia Neo, Sony Ericsson has unleashed the Xperia Pro to the masses at Mobile World Congress 2011. It features very similar specs, but with the addition of a full QWERTY keyboard. Running Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Xperia Pro comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen featuring Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine. The rest of your basic specs include a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 GB microSD, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, and GPS.
The Xperia Pro is scheduled to launch towards the end of Q2 2011, and will be available in black, silver, or red models. Be sure to have a look at the hands-on videos below, followed by the FULL side by side comparison spec sheet of the Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo, and don't forget to check out the photo gallery. Let us know what you think. Which of the two devices would you prefer, the Pro, the Neo, or neither?
Sony Ericsson expands Xperia family with two new generation Android smartphones
- Xperiaâ„¢ pro combines intuitive and fast messaging with multimedia features from Sony
- Xperiaâ„¢ neo gives consumers a new way to experience the best of Android and the best of Sony multimedia
February 13, 2011, Barcelona, Spain - Sony Ericsson today unveils the Xperiaâ„¢ neo and Xperiaâ„¢ pro, the newest additions to the new generation of Xperiaâ„¢ smartphones. Closely following the launch of the Xperiaâ„¢ arc smartphone earlier this year, these latest smartphones also feature cutting edge technology from Sony and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Androidâ„¢ platform - Gingerbread.
As well as best-in-class imaging and display technology from Sony, the Xperiaâ„¢ pro combines an optimized slide-out keyboard with smart functions to create a fast messaging experience. Featuring an ergonomically crafted keyboard, Sony Ericsson has focused on integrating the hardware with clever messaging functions for a perfect user experience. Xperiaâ„¢ pro introduces the subtle but fast Type & Send functionality eliminating the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message, and Smart Keyboard that triggers predictive messaging actions automatically when the user slides out the keyboard.
Xperiaâ„¢ pro is also the ideal business phone for Android fans coming complete with a set of professional functions such as syncing your email, calendar and contacts in a secure way and the pre-loaded Office Suite Pro lets consumers view and edit office documents directly on the phone.
Steve Walker, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson said, "We want to be a leader in Android and with Xperiaâ„¢ neo and Xperiaâ„¢ pro, we are now are offering excellent, innovative Android choices for consumers. These latest devices combine stunning design with state-of-the-art Sony technology and a new faster messaging experience on the Xperiaâ„¢ pro, creating an entertaining smartphone experience."
The best of Sony technology once again features in both Xperiaâ„¢ pro and Xperiaâ„¢ neo. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Sony's award-winning Exmor Râ„¢ for mobile sensor enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared on an HD TV in your living room via the built in HDMI-connector.
Xperiaâ„¢ neo builds on the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known with a unique shape that not only looks good, but is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the user's hand, especially when taking pictures.
Both smartphones will launch on the latest version of the Androidâ„¢ platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available via the Android market. Xperiaâ„¢ smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast uncompromised access to the Web with Adobe® Flash® Player to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.
Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ neo - Key features
- Exmor Râ„¢. Great stills and videos even in low light
- Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
- Built-in HDMI. Your stills and videos on HD TV
- More than 100,000 apps on Android Market
- Googleâ„¢ services. At your service
The Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ neo will be available in the following colours: Blue Gradient, Red and Silver.
Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ pro - Key features
- Touch phone with perfect slide-out keyboard and smart functions for fast messaging
- Synch your email and edit office documents on the go
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and Exmor Râ„¢ for mobile
- HDMI. Connect to an HD TV or a projector
- Googleâ„¢ services and more than 100,000 apps on Android Marketâ„¢
The Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ pro will be available in the following colours: Black, Red, Silver
Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ neo will be available globally in selected markets from end Q1 and Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ pro from end Q2.