Sony Ericsson didn't push the boat out too far when it was thinking up a name for the successor to the Xperia Mini Pro. In fact, it didn't do anything at all, with the newcomer having the exact same name as the existing model.
But that's neither here nor there, as the point is that the (second gen) Xperia Mini Pro just gone up for pre-order for a one-off £239.99, ahead of a claimed launch date of August 5.
Sony Ericsson unveiled the QWERTY keyboard-equipped Xperia Mini Pro – along with the touch-only Xperia Mini – at the start of last month. It delivers a smartphone formula few of its rivals can match: namely, a decent smartphone spec from a deliberately compact device.
With a screen measuring 3in across, the Xperia Mini Pro provides welcome relief for the small-pocketed, though that QWERTY keyboard does make it a little bit chunkier than the average.
On the inside, there's a 1GHz Snapdragon processor on active duty, with a 5-megapixel camera, 720p video smarts and 400MB of on-board storage. Android 2.3 Gingerbread takes care of things on the software side.
Originally we had it that the Xperia Mini would launch during August, with the Xperia Mini Pro to follow later in the third quarter, but Play.com disagrees, claiming the pint-sized phone will be set loose on August 5 and offering you the chance to get your order in early for £239.99 SIM-free.
At this point, we're more inclined to stick to the original info rather than trust Play's predicted launch date. We've seen plenty of times in the past that online retailers are quite happy taking a stab in the dark on a launch date just to drum up pre-order interest. Time will tell.