Sony Announces WaterProof Acro S and Go, Denies Xperia Play 2 Rumors
Yesterday was a big day for Sony as it announced two waterproof smartphones made for different markets. One of them is the Sony Xperia Acro S that features better specs and will most likely come with a rather high price tag. The next waterproof smartphone is the Sony Xperia Go, which is the weaker version of the Xperia Acro S, though it seems to be the most water proof smartphone ever.
As for the features, the Sony Xperia Acro S is packed with a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA engine at a resolution of 1280×720 pixels (720p), a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a 12MP camera on the back that is capable of recording 1080p HD videos, a 1.3MP frontal camera for web chat, but it can also record videos at 720p. Besides these features the Acro S is also PlayStation certified, supports NFC, and sports 16GB of internal memory, which can be expanded due to a microSD card slot. The phone comes with IP55 and IP57 water and dust resistance ratings and its scratch resistant mineral glass display that can even track a wet finger. All these features didn’t prevent the designers from making a stylish smartphone that measures only 126x66x11.9mm and weighs 147g. And be ready to find Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of box.
The Sony Xperia Acro S is expected to hit the market in three colors – black, white, and pink. The launch date is set to be the third quarter of this year, and it will be launched in as many countries as possible, though the pricing is not announced yet.
The Sony Xperia Go can’t boast of high-end features, but it sports an awesome specs list as well. The latter includes a 3.5-inch HVGA Reality Display at a resolution of 320 x480 pixels, a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of native storage expandable via a microSD card slot and a 1305mAh built-in battery, and it measures 111×60.3×9.8mm. As for the selling points, the Xperia Go features IP67 ratings for its water proofing, which means it can withstand submersion in up to one meter for 30 minutes. Plus, the phone can track a wet finger and sports a scratch-resistant mineral glass.
Unfortunately, the phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though the manufacturer promises to upgrade it once it is launched. This handset is expected to come globally in the third quarter of 2012, though when it is released in the US, the Go will be renamed to the Advance.
Well, the aforementioned Xperia line phones cheer up, but if you are waiting for good news about the follow-up to the Sony Xperia Play, I have to disappoint you. The rumors about the Xperia Play 2 have been buzzing the net before, but yesterday Steve Walker, chief marketing officer at Sony Mobile said they are interested in PlayStation integration throughout all devices, which includes TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Of course, this can be more beneficial than launching one handset with PlayStation certification. So, folks, do not wait for the successor of the Xperia Play.