Sony Ericsson Announces Xperia Neo and Pro at MWC 2011

Sony Ericsson is on stage right now doing its live presentation of the latest Xperia devices at MWC 2011. We’ve seen the Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro announced so far, and though we’re anticipating another much more hyped-up Xperia to be announced soon, we still want to give these two devices some good face-to-face time.
First we have the Xperia Neo.

This will have:

  • 4-inch capacitive display with 854 x 480 resolution
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • “Reality Display” with Sony Mobile Bravia Engine
  • 8 MP Camera with HD video capture using Exmor R imaging sensor
  • HDMI

The Xperia Neo will be available globally (in select markets) near the end of Q1 2011.

Then there is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro.

The Pro is basically a full QWERTY keyboard version of the Neo. Here’s what we’re looking at for overall specs thus far.

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • HDMI hookup
  • 8.1 MP camera with HD video capture and Exmor R imaging sensor
  • “Reality Display” with Mobile Bravia Engine (same as Xperia Arc)
  • Full QWERTY ergonomically designed keyboard

Sony Ericsson will be bringing the Xperia Pro to market at the end of Q2 2011.

Want more details? How about a press release, followed by a spec-by-spec comparison of the two devices? Sounds great! Let’s go!

13 February 2011

  • Xperia™ pro combines intuitive and fast messaging with multimedia features from Sony
  • Xperia™ 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 Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, the newest additions to the new generation of Xperia™ smartphones. Closely following the launch of the Xperia™ 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 Android™ platform – Gingerbread.

As well as best-in-class imaging and display technology from Sony, the Xperia™ 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. Xperia™ 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.

Xperia™ 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 Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ 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 Xperia™ pro, creating an entertaining smartphone experience.”

The best of Sony technology once again features in both Xperia™ pro and Xperia™ 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 R™ 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.

Xperia™ 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 Android™ platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available via the Android market. Xperia™ 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 Xperia™ neo – Key features

  • Exmor R™. 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
  • Google™ services. At your service

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo will be available in the following colours: Blue Gradient, Red and Silver.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ 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 R™ for mobile
  • HDMI. Connect to an HD TV or a projector
  • Google™ services and more than 100,000 apps on Android Market™

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro will be available in the following colours: Black, Red, Silver

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo will be available globally in selected markets from end Q1 and Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro from end Q2.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo and Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro at a glance

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro
Screen Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
16,777,216 colour TFT
Capacitive touchscreen
3.7 inches
854  x 480pixels (FWVGA)
Scratch-resistant
Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
16,777,216 colour TFT
Capacitive touchscreen
3.7 inches
854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)
Scratch-resistant
Music Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition application*
Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™ service *
TrackID™ music recognition application*
Web Android Market™*
Bookmarks
Google™ search*
Google Voice™ Search*
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)
Android Market™ *
Bookmarks
Google™ search*
Google Voice Search*
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)
Communication Call list
Conference calls
Facebook™ application
Google Talk™*
Noise Shield
Polyphonic ringtones
Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Speakerphone
Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)
Vibrating alert
Call list
Conference calls
Facebook™ application
Google Talk™*
Noise Shield
Polyphonic ringtones
Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Speakerphone
Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)
Vibrating alert
Messaging Conversations
Email
Google Mail™*
Instant messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Conversations
Email
Google Mail™*
Instant messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Smart Keyboard
Text messaging (SMS)
Type & Send widget
Design Auto rotate
Keyboard (onscreen)
Picture wallpaper
Touchscreen
Wallpaper animation
Auto rotate
Keyboard (onscreen)
Picture wallpaper
Slide-out keyboard
Touchscreen
Wallpaper animation
Entertainment 3D games
Motion gaming
Radio (FM)
Video streaming
Video viewing
YouTube™ *
3D games
Motion gaming
Radio (FM)
Video streaming
Video viewing
YouTube™ *
Organiser Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Document readers
Flight mode
Google Calendar™*
Infinite button
Phone book
Set-up Wizard
Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Document editors
Document readers
Flight mode
Google Calendar™*
Infinite button
Phone book
Set-up Wizard
Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack
aGPS
Bluetooth™ technology
DLNA
Google Latitude™*
Google Maps™ with Street View*
HDMI support
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB connector
Modem
Synchronisation via Facebook™
Synchronisation via Google Sync*
Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson SyncSynchronisation: Exchange ActiveSync®
USB mass storage
USB High speed 2.0 support
Wi-Fi™
3.5 mm audio jack
aGPS
Bluetooth™ technology
DLNA
Google Latitude™*
Google Maps™ with Street View*
HDMI support
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Modem
Synchronisation via Facebook™
Synchronisation via Google™ Sync*
Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
Synchronisation: Exchange ActiveSync®
USB mass storage
USB High speed 2.0 support
Wi-Fi™
Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market

Android Market™ Client
Gmail™
Google Calendar™
Google Gallery 3D™
Google Latitude™
Google Maps™ with Street View
Google Media Uploader
Google Music Player™
Google Search widget
Google Sync™
Google Talk™
Google Voice Search
Set-up Wizard
YouTube™
Android Market™ Client
Gmail™
Google Calendar™
Google Gallery 3D™
Google Latitude™
Google Maps™ with Street View
Google Media Uploader
Google Music Player™
Google Search widget
Google Sync™
Google Talk™
Google Voice Search
Set-up Wizard
YouTube™
Accessories In-Box:

  • Xperia™ neo
  • Battery
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 8GB microSD™ memory card
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation
In-Box:

  • Xperia™ pro
  • Battery
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 8GB microSD™ memory card
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation
Facts 1)2) Size: 116 x 57 x 13 mm
Weight: 126 grams

Phone memory: Up to 320 MB

Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32 GB

Memory card included: 8GB microSD™

Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ MSM8255

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 6 hrs 55 min*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs*

Talk time UMTS: Up to 7 hrs*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 400 hrs*

Music listening time: Up to 31 hrs*
Video playback time: Up to 7 hrs 25 min*

*According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

Size: 120 x 57 x 13.5 mm
Weight: 140 grams

Phone memory: Up to 320MB

Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32GB

Memory card included: 8GB microSD™

Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ MSM8255

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 6 hrs 55 min*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs*

Talk time UMTS: Up to 7 hrs*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 400 hrs*

Music listening time: Up to 31 hrs*
Video playback time: Up to 7 hrs 25 min*

*According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

Availability and versions Networks

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 800, 1900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Networks

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 800, 1900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Colour Blue Gradient
Red
Silver
Black
Silver
Red

Author: Brad Molen

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