Back during Mobile World Congress Sony Ericsson made a lot of announcements for new smartphones that were due to land early in 2011 running the Android OS. Among the phones announced was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro smartphone. The launch time frame for that smartphone was initially pegged as Q2. We are seeing some unofficial reports that Sony Ericsson will be pushing the launch of the Pro back to Q4.
You're about to get super pumped up about this one, let me tell you that. One of the greatest Android-based devices to come out of Sony Ericsson, the Xperia ARC is now available to the USA in an unlocked and Gingerbread-laden form for sweet, sweet action. This device has a 4.2-inch Reality Display, an 8-megapixel camera on the back and Qualcomm’s 1GHz MSM8255 processor paired with Adreno 205 graphics and 512MB of RAM. Sound like the magical master of Sony Ericsson-based Android mayhem you've always wanted and desired?
Sony's S1 and S2 Android tablets have made a live appearance in Germany this week, showing up for a very brief hands-on ahead of their official debut later this year. Golem grabbed some playtime - there's a video of the clamshell S2 in action after the cut - finding both models to be comfortable to hold and reasonably intuitive to use.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo arrives with something of a personality problem. Where the XPERIA Play was resolute in its gaming ambitions, and the XPERIA Arc promised to put Sony's living room prowess into a pocket-friendly package, the Neo takes on the competitive mid-tier mainstream segment, Android for the every-man. With luminaries like HTC's Desire S keeping the masses connected, can the Neo carve its own niche? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Sony Ericsson has unveiled a trio of new devices, including a pair of Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphones and a QWERTY featurephone for the messaging-obsessed. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA ray looks a whole lot like the X10, but is considerably smaller, Crave reports, with a 3.3-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen, 9.4mm thick chassis and 100g weight.
So you think you've got the tiniest PS3 on the market, yes? Perhaps you've got the one that's sucking up the smallest amount of your power and you're quite happy with the minuscule amount of energy it taps into your bills with, yes? Sony does not agree with you. They've got a brand new model that's even thinner, even greener I daresay than the previous champion. This device goes by the code CECH-3000B, a Japanese version of the previously revealed CECH-3001B, this newest model featuring a tiny 200W power draw instead of 230W on the current smallest model PlayStation 3 gaming console. Time to add a few books to the shelf!
Let's talk about the Xperia PLAY for a moment, speaking first about how nice it feels to use, then working in some games, since that's exactly what this device is all about. Let me also preface this by saying that at first I wasn't going to be able to give this device a fair revue because my standards were so high and it'd been built up to be the greatest and most anticipated device of all time by PlayStation fanatics - everything changed the day I got to grab my first hands-on with the device personally and I was able to kick the face of my opponent with Bruce Lee. Several weeks and a slew of Xperia PLAY-specific reviews in, I'm fully for the furtherance of the career of whoever or whatever was responsible for the design of this platform, be it human, robot, or cross-breed PlayStation monster.
Sony Ericsson has announced a pair of new feature-phones, though while the Mix Walkman and txt pro may look like they're running Android, in fact they've just borrowed the skin from the XPERIA mini. Both the QWERTY-toting txt pro and the all-touch Mix Walkman get 3-inch 400 x 240 displays and 3.2-megapixel cameras, FM radios, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (though no 3G) and a microSD card slot.
In case you weren't aware of the device known as the PlayStation Vita, let's have a short chat about that first. This is what Sony is calling their first "next generation portable entertainment system that combines gaming capabilities and social connectivity." One might argue that this title should go to the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, but who would say such a thing? Have a look at our Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY review and come back in to this post and see what you have to say. Next, let's continue to talk about this Vita device. This device is essentially a PlayStation in your hands and will cost $249 and $299 for the Wi-fi and 3G models respectively.