SO there were a couple of "reveals" this morning in the Xperia pro and the Xperia PLAY, but did you know there was a third device in this suite? Probably! But did you know the correct way to write the name? No way! The correct way to spell the third of the Sony Ericsson reveals this morning (or yesterday, however you look at it,) is "Xperia neo." This is both the correct spelling and the correct capitalization, take note. Also take double note of "Xperia pro" and "Xperia PLAY" - both are official capitalizations straight from the top. This Xperia neo is a phone which Sony Ericsson has concentrated on form factor for the most it seems, with an ergonomic shape made for the human hand.
The Xperia neo will be launching with what Sony Ericsson says will be "the latest version of the Android platform," which we can hope will be Android 2.3.x Gingerbread or higher. This phone will be using Exmor R technology to bring you the most accurate photos and videos in even the lowest of lights, has built-in HDMI, and features a reality display with your very own Mobile BRAVIA engine.
And what's this? Xperia neo will be available in several colors? Joyous day! You can grab the Xperia neo in Blue Gradient, Red, or Silver. The display on all colors of the Xperia neo will be a capacitive touchscreen at 3.7 inches with 854 x 480pixels (FWVGA) and a bunch of scratch-resistance. You'll be able to play music with an A2DP Bluetooth stereo, PlayNow service, work with music with TrackID, and roll hardcore with your usual media player and music tones.
The size of this device is 116 x 57 x 13 mm and the weight is right around 126 grams. Memory includes microSD card with 8GB, upgradable to 32GB. Under the hood you'll be peeking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255, and oh, did I mention you'll be able to play 3D games? That's just a little bonus I suppose as it's hidden in the fact sheet we're peeking at. This phone'll be available globally from the end of the first quarter, 2011. Have a look at the press release below:
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.
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™ neo will be available globally in selected markets from end Q1 and Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro from end Q2.