Sony Xperia Advance now available in the US, costs around $250 unlocked
Like it promised back in August, Sony has made the Xperia Advance available in the US in unlocked form. Xperia Advance is basically the name under which the Xperia Go is marketed in the US (why there had to be a different one for that market is beyond us).
The Sony Xperia Advance is identical to the internationally-selling Xperia Go. Its rugged credentials are intact too – it has IP67 certification, being dust and water proof.
The Xperia Advance has a 3.5-inch 320×480 touchscreen, a dual-core 1 GHz processor, a 5 MP camera, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,305 mAh battery. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and should be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. The Xperia Go has already received its Ice Cream update, but whether the Xperia Advance will do so too once you power it on for the first time is unclear. They are identical in terms of hardware, but the different name may have an impact. So don’t expect Android 4.0 to just magically pop up when you take the Advance home.
The Xperia Advance will work with AT&T’s HSPA network, but it doesn’t support LTE. It also doesn’t support T-Mobile’s HSPA network, so on that carrier you’re stuck on ancient 2G tech. Needless to say, Verizon and Sprint are completely out of the question.
That’s a nice price for an unlocked device, but unless you need the ruggedness, the much higher-end Nexus 4 will be out in a few days – and it’s going to be just $50 more expensive.