Sony is about to introduce three new Android smartphones in the US: the Xperia Acro S, Xperia Tipo Dual, and Xperia Advance.
All three handsets are listed as coming soon at Sony Mobile’s US official website. The Xperia Acro S and Xperia Tipo Dual will be released in black and white, while the Xperia Advance is going to have three color versions: black, white, and yellow.
The Acro S is the high-end device here, featuring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.3 inch LED-backlit HD display, HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Sony Music Unlimited, PlayStation Certification, xLOUD entertainment, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 12MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, MicroSD card support, and an IP57 certified case (dust and water resistant). The handset measures 126 x 66 x 11.9 mm, weighs 147 grams, and comes with a 1,910 mAh battery.
The Xperia Tipo Dual runs Android 4.0 ICS, too. It is a dual SIM phone, and it’s surprising that Sony will bring it to the US. It features a 3.2 inch HVGA screen, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, 800Mhz processor, 512MB of RAM, 2.9GB of internal memory, a 3.2MP rear camera, MicroSD card support, and a 1,500 mAh battery.
The Xperia Advance is IP67-certified, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradeable to ICS later this year). It offers a 3.5 inch HVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS, 1GHz dual-core NovaThor U8500 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p video recording. The Advance is already available in Europe (for about $350), where it’s known as Sony Xperia Go.
For now, Sony didn’t say if it plans to sell the new handsets in the US unlocked, or via carriers. In any case, they only support AT&T-friendly 3G connectivity. You can check out any of the three smartphones here.
Earlier this year, Sony introduced other six Xperia models in the US: Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia Sola, Xperia Tipo, and Xperia Ion. Only the Ion is available via an American carrier – namely AT&T.
If it’s going to offer most of its handsets just through its own store, Sony has little chances to make a solid impact on the US market. Still, it’s a good thing that customers can find the phones even so.
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