#MWC11: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro hands-on video
The Xperia Play may have stolen the show at Sony Ericsson’s MWC 2011 press conference, but let’s not forget that the company announced two other new handsets here in Barcelona: Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro.
Like the Vivaz and Vivaz Pro before them, the Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro share most of their specs: 3.7 inch FWVGA (480 x 854 pixels) Reality Display, Sony Bravia Engine, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP photo camera with HD recording, and front-facing camera. The main difference is that the Pro has a sliding QWERTY keyboard.
Of course, unlike the Vivaz models, the new Xperias run Android – Android 2.3 to be exact. Unsurprisingly, Sony Ericsson customized the UI. Apart from having a new Timescape UI and a SE media player, the new Xperia phones (including the Xperia Play) also let you organize apps in folders – “just like on iPhone 4”, I said, and the guy presenting the Xperia Pro laughed. Because it’s obviously true.
I really dig the Xperia Pro. It’s not at all thick, despite having that sliding QWERTY keyboard – in fact, it’s only 0.5mm thicker than the Xperia Neo (13mm). Speaking of the keyboard, it’s well-made, and the spaced-out keys are practical to say the least. The handset is targeted at business users, that’s why it has Office Suite Pro pre-installed.
Check out the two hands-on video previews:
Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro will be available starting the end of Q2 (thus, probably in June) in three color versions: black, silver, and red. SE didn’t say how much it would cost. It did mention it would be cheaper than the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc, and slightly more expensive than the Neo.
More hands-on photos in the gallery below: