Sony Ericsson is broadening its Android offerings. The Xperia X10 is its first smartphone running Google’s OS, and now two more have been announced: the Xperia X10 mini and the Xperia X10 mini pro.
Internally, they will have much in common, but they will have different designs: the X10 mini pro will include a sliding keyboard, but the X10 mini will not.
Both these devices are going to run the Android OS on a 600 MHz processor, and include a custom user interface created by Sony Ericsson.
They will be GSM phones with 3G, and also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
Both of these Xperia models will include a microSD memory card slot, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, and an FM radio.
The X10 mini will be 3.3 inches tall, 2.0 inches wide, 0.6 inches thick, and weigh 3.2 oz (83.0 x 50.0 x 16.0 mm, 88g). The X10 mini pro is going to be 3.5 inches tall, 2.0 inches wide, 0.7 inches thick, and weigh 4.2 oz (90.0 x 52.0 x 17.0 mm, 120g).
Said Rikko Sakaguchi, EVP and Chief Creation Officer, Sony Ericsson. “With the X10 mini and X10 mini pro we have pushed the boundaries of what is possible with smaller devices and are giving consumers exactly what they want; two high performance mobile phones with a fully customisable user experience platform and a stunning ultra-compact design.”
Sony Ericsson is being a bit vague about when the Xperia X10 mini and the Xperia X10 mini pro will be released, only saying that they will be on the market in the first half of this year.
There will be two versions of each — one with the 3G frequencies used in N. America and the other for the 3G frequencies used in rest of the world — a strong clue that these smartphones are headed for the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia.
What the price will be is not yet known, but they are likely to be more affordable than the Xperia X10.
Sony Ericsson has put together a video demonstrating these two upcoming models:
Source: Sony Ericsson