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[Breaking] Sony Ericsson Unveils the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro at London Event

Steven Blum
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Sony Ericsson has set big goals! Today at the press conference, a company spokeswoman told us that Sony wants to focus primarily on the Android operating system when they create their future phones. The success of the Xperia shows that the company is already on the right track.

Bigger news still is the release of two new Xperia phones: the Xperia Mini and the Xperia Mini Pro. 

The Xperia Mini Pro comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5MP camera capable of 720p HD video recording and a spruced up 3-inch 320×480 capacitive touchscreen – multitouch is supported. It's also got a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The mini doesn't come with a slide out keyboard but looks equally functional. Sony is claiming its the smallest smartphone with HD recording:

 

Both phones will be equipped with a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU. In addition, both devices will have a high resolution display (currently I have no exact values) and an HD camera. 

Video to come soon! You can read the full press release below:

Sony Ericsson unveils next-generation Xperia minis

Introducing two powerful, versatile and compact smartphones

Xperia™ mini – the world’s smallest HD video recording smartphone
Xperia™ mini pro –intuitive fast messaging in a compact smartphone

May 5th, 2011, London – Sony Ericsson unveils the new Xperia™ mini and Xperia™ mini pro, the latest additions to its Xperia™ family. Building on the success of the original mini series, these innovative smartphones come packed full of features, powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, and run the latest platform of Google’s Android™ – Gingerbread 2.3. Beautifully designed, Xperia™ mini and Xperia™mini pro both integrate best-in-class imaging and display technology from Sony, including Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and HD video recording (720p).

The products offer a full multimedia entertainment experience. Xperia™ mini and Xperia™ mini pro enable access to over 150,000 apps on the Android Market™ and has a 3” scratch-resistant, multi-touch glass screen. The improved user interface allows up to 16 apps displayed on the home screen. Facebook inside Xperia™, a feature just announced for the Xperia™ family, provides a unique social media integration.

Xperia™ mini pro brings the optimised slide-out keyboard with smart functionality first seen on the Xperia™ pro to a compact smartphone. A subtle but fast Type & Send functionality eliminates the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message, and Smart Keyboard triggers predictive messaging actions automatically when the user slides out the keyboard. Xperia™ mini pro also comes pre-loaded with Office Suite and McAfee antivirus software, letting consumers manage documents and e-mails instantly and securely while on the move.

Steve Walker, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson said, “We wanted to provide consumers even greater choice across the Xperia™ range, while building on the success of the original mini series. These turbo-charged smartphones now contain even more power, enhanced functionality, a larger screen and premium features unique to Sony Ericsson. They are packed full of features, making them a perfect choice for consumers looking for all the benefits of Android and Sony in a beautiful and easy to use compact form factor.”

Sony Ericsson also unveils today a new integration, Facebook inside Xperia™, which will be included in the new Xperia™ mini and mini pro and soon to be available across the wider Xperia™ range. Facebook inside Xperia™ integrates social connections throughout the phone, by making Facebook immediately accessible from the most used areas of the phone such as the picture gallery, music player, phonebook and calendar. As people are becoming increasingly reliant on their smartphones for instant communication, Sony Ericsson is enabling people to ‘like’, share and comment more easily than ever before with Facebook inside Xperia™.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini – Key features
World’s smallest Android™ smartphone with HD video recording
Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Place up to 16 apps in the corners of your home screen
Over 150,000 apps on Android Market™
Facebook inside. Keeping your friends closer

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini pro – Key features
Ergonomic keyboard and smart functions for fast messaging
HD video and Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Synch your email and view office documents safely on the go
Place up to 16 apps in the corners of your home screen
Over 150,000 apps on Android Market™

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini pro and Xperia™ mini with HD will be available globally in selected markets from Q3.

 

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  • Stefan Galler May 5, 2011 Link

    i didnt find any info regarding the cyan backcover. Is it for the mini or the mini pro?

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  • Steven Blum May 5, 2011 Link

    Good question: that's the mini pro.

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  • Stefan Galler May 5, 2011 Link

    Thank you, I'll def. go for that color!!! ;)

    Is it going to be sold with this back cover, or do you have to buy it afterwards?

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  • Steven Blum May 5, 2011 Link

    Another great question I should have answered earlier: The Xperia Mini and Mini Pro will come in four different colors. Cyan is one of them, but not sure what the others are.

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  • Stefan Galler May 5, 2011 Link

    thank you again! cant wait for the cyan xperia mini pro ;)

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