Sony Ericsson has announced the XPERIA mini and the mini pro, apparently the smallest HD smartphones in the world. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread handsets can shoot 720p HD video, and use Sony's BRAVIA engine along with Sony Ericsson's custom UI. The XPERIA mini is touch-only, but the mini pro has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Sony Ericsson's 2010 Android range may have started promisingly, but software headaches undermined solid hardware and left many early-adopters with a low opinion of the company. 2011 is something of a relaunch for Sony Ericsson, then, with the XPERIA Play doing its level best to deliver the mobile PlayStation platform we've been expecting for years, and now the XPERIA Arc hoping to bring some of Sony's living room expertise to your pocket. Is the Arc the best Sony Ericsson handset to-date, and if so is it good enough to overshadow the competition? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
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Welcome back to SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up which, if you did not know, will now be coming to you in a "best of" form, allowing you to see exactly which stories will either be affecting your life or at least the rest of the day in important or otherwise completely awesome ways! Today happens to have started with some pretty thick rumors and realities on a couple of items we've grown to known and love to the max: iPad 2 and the oncoming version of Android to possibly be known as the tasty treat Ice Cream - or is it Ice Cream Sundae?
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Play has crossed the FCC in CDMA form, on its way to a Verizon launch in the US. The gaming smartphone seems to have a surprise onboard too, with a SIM card slot noticed alongside the regular CDMA radio. Of course, a SIM slot means one of two things: LTE or World Phone functionality.
Nintendo has dashed hopes that it might follow in Sony's footsteps and deliver a gaming smartphone, with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime suggesting that the company lacks "a competitive advantage in telephony." Despite ongoing rumors around Nintendo's mobile plans, and the increase in convergent devices as handsets like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play reach the market, Nintendo "have no desire to get into telephony" Fils-Aime insists, saying that instead "we believe that we will earn our way into someone's pocket without having to offer that (phone capability) as an additional factor."
This week we had a fun filled April Fools Day which brought with it lots of tech news pranks and hijinks. We also had several product reviews that you don't want to miss including the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, the HTC Desire S, and the HTC Arrive. Perhaps most notable of the week is Google's push towards anti-fragmentation of its Android platform. Continue after the cut for the video review and the full top ten list.