February 13, 2011 | by Michael Heller
Sony Ericsson is trying hard to make itself relevant in the Android ecosystem, so today not only did they officially announce the Xperia Play (which we’ve all known about for months), but they showed off the Xperia Neo and the Xperia Pro. They are essentially the same exact phone, but the Pro has a slide-out keyboard.This begs the question: at what point did the word “pro” become a euphemism for “with a physical keyboard”, and why have we allowed that terminology to gain hold?
Either way, the specs for the new SE phones are:
- 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU (single-core)
- “Up to 320 MB” of internal storage
- Included 8 GB microSD card, but can support up to 32 GB microSD
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 3.7″ 854×480 resolution screen
- Sony Bravia graphics engine
- 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash
- 2 MP front-facing camera
- HDMI output
- Available in Red, silver or blue
Not bad specs, and the design is very nice. The internal storage is very small, so I guess SE didn’t get the hint that Google was sending with the Nexus S 16 GB of internal storage, but at least it comes packed with an 8 GB card. Otherwise, nothing else stands out too much. It’s great to see Gingerbread coming pre-loaded, but Sony Ericsson still needs to prove they can push an update.
Based on the cell bands packed in, it looks like these phones will only be coming to AT&T in the US. It will work on any of the major cell carriers in Canada, but the Xperia Play and Arc will both be on Rogers, so maybe these will follow suit.