Sony has added two more models to this year’s Xperia line – a couple o f devices, which are set to win customers over with the combination of their dual-core processors and water-resistant bodies. The first phone is the so-called Xperia go, which features a (rather small) 3.5″ display with a 320×480 resolution and the Mobile BRAVIA technology. The device has a dual-core ST-Ericsson U850 chip, which runs at 1gHz and 512MB of RAM memory. On board are also a 5MP camera, which is capable of recording video in 720p HD and the same touch-technology, which was introduced in the Xperia Active, which enables you to use the phone’s display even when it’s wet. Water is going to be no problem at all for the go, as it has been certified with the IP67 standard, which means, that not only is it dust-proof, but it can also be submerged in up to 1m of water for half an hour. Software-wise the smartphone isn’t really on the cutting-edge with version 2.3 of Google’s platform, but Sony have promised an update to at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
The other smartphone – Sony’s Acro S, is actually more interesting than the Xperia go, because it can be rightfully qualified as a high-end device, thanks to features like its 4.3″ display, which not only uses the Mobile BRAVIA technology, but also has a resolution of 1280х720 pixels. Of course, this device’s display can also be used when wet.
Sony Xperia Acro S
The Acro S should also be quite a capable camera-phone, thanks largely to the 12MP camera with an Exmor R sensor, which is able to shoot 1080p video with 30fps. NFC is also on board, as well as an HDMI out and microSD slot – quite useful features for some customers. There is however a small disadvantage to the Acro S, compared to the current best Android devices – it’s using last year’s Qualcomm S3 processor – the dual-core MSM8260, which is clocked at 1.5 gHz. This may not be a big issue, as it is quite a powerful chip indeed, but still it’s a bit less powerful and energy-efficient than the S4 for example.
Overall both devices are very exciting, so we’re eagerly awaiting some detailed information, such as release dates or prices, to be released. Until then we’ll have to settle with their specifications and the promo videos, which you can find below. B. A.