Sony Ericsson announces Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro

Sony Ericsson announces Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini ProSony Ericsson has given its Xperia smartphone platform another twist by announcing the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro a pair of compact Android handsets aimed at the entry-level market.

Both the new faces come with just a 3in screen size, with Sony Ericsson proudly boasting that the Xperia Mini is “world's smallest Android smartphone with HD video recording”. And no, we didn't make that up.

This somewhat random title aside, the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro seem to have a fair bit going for them. Both feature a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and like many of SE's recent releases, they're also treated to Sony's Mobile Bravia engine for punchier visuals.

The main difference between the two is that the Mini Pro comes packing a slideout QWERTY keyboard. Battery life is claimed to be 30% better than the previous Xperia X10 Mini, while the phones will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board.

“We wanted to provide consumers even greater choice across the Xperia range, while building on the success of the original mini series,” Sony Ericsson said in launching the new handsets. “These turbo-charged smartphones now contain even more power, enhanced functionality, a larger screen and premium features unique to Sony Ericsson.”

The Xperia Mini will hit the UK in August, with the Xperia Mini Pro set to arrive sometime later in the third quarter.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2011 at 09:37

Wonder if "even greater choice" means we can now change the battery?

Constantine  May. 6, 2011 at 10:08

Always could on the Pro, hopefully fixed for both versions this time - Love my Pro but have barely ever used the keyboard. Would be very happy with an upgraded Mini....But glad its release is far enough away not to put me off the Arc I get next week :-)

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2011 at 10:14

oh, never realised the Pro had a changeable battery. Thanks, Constantine :)

ashlieDean  May. 6, 2011 at 21:40

how much is this phone? i REALLY want it i have the samsung tocco lite only for reason it doesnt work like everyone else's so i want a new phone;)

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