Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro : New gizmos, Gadgets gazette Blog

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro

Marketing departments can be idiots, something that's plainly obvious when it comes to the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini Pro, two exceptionally wordy product names that are likely to cause confusion amongst consumers.

These new "Mini" devices are a bit bigger and heavier than their predecessors, but the screen size has had a significant boost to 3" in size rather than the 2.55" previously, and the screen resolution has been improved at 320 x 480 pixels compared with 240 x 320. The new "Mini" is about 4% bigger and 7% heavier than the old one, the new "Pro" is about 10% bigger and 13% heavier, so the trade-off is actually pretty good.

The main difference between the two models is that the Pro comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the ordinary Mini does not. The Pro also sports a front-facing camera for video calls.

Inside is a 1GHz snapdragon CPU. Although these are not dual-core devices, it is certainly enough to make multimedia and applications run speedily on the modestly-sized display. Internal RAM is 512MB, which is a lot more than in the previous version. The Mini and Minipro are HSPA capable devices with WiFi, they also come with a pretty large 1200 mAh battery which is quoted as giving a theoretical maximum of about 4 to 5 hours talktime and 14 days standby on 3G. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are supported.

The new Minis also support DLNA integration with home networks and entertainment systems, have an FM radio and a microSD slot for storing media and applications.

On paper, there is very little that we can fault with these two devices. All mobile phones are a compromise when it comes to design, but Sony Ericsson seem to have done well to fit so much in such a small form factor. If you are looking for a decently specified Android device but traditional ones seem a bit big, then it is likely that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro devices will be worth considering when they come to market in Q3 2011.

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