Sony Ericsson intends to grab its fair share of limelight where Android-powered smartphones are concerned with a couple more models to tickle your fancy – and perhaps even have you part with your hard earned money to enjoy some Android goodness. The two handsets in question would be the Sony Ericsson xperia mini and Xperia mini pro, where the former is touted to be the smallest smartphone in the world that has HD video recording capability, while the latter boasts of intuitive fast messaging in a compact smartphone form factor.
The original mini series were quite successful in their own right, and this time around, you won’t be disappointed either as both handsets will run on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box (so you need not worry about waiting for a software update like many of the other Android 2.2 Froyo handsets out there), best-in-class imaging and display technology from Sony, including Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and HD video recording (720p).
When it comes to both smartphones, a full multimedia entertainment experience can be expected, and with more than 150,000 apps on the Android Market to purchase/download (Angry Birds, anyone?), you will find that the 3″ scratch-resistant, multi-touch glass screen to be worth the touch. With an improved user interface that enables one to view up to 16 apps on the home screen simultaneously, using an Android phone could not get any easier. The Facebook inside Xperia is another feature that delivers a unique social media integration – no idea on whether this will be better than Facebook for HTC Sense or not.
The Xperia mini pro differs slightly from the Xperia mini since it offers an optimized slide-out keyboard with smart functionality that was first featured on the Xperia pro, and with a subtle but fast Type & Send functionality, it does away with the need to have a dedicated app open for each type of message, while the Smart Keyboard will trigger predictive messaging actions by automatic when the user slides out the keyboard.
No idea on pricing as at press time, but the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro and Xperia mini will arrive globally from Q3 onwards. Better start saving from now, eh?