Sony has announced the Xperia go, its latest Android smartphone that it says has been built “to resist life's challenges”.
By that it means a broad swathe of ruggedness by way of scratch-resistant glass that can track wet fingers, and overall IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. Sadly, it also seems to have resisted the challenge to get Android 4.0 on board from launch: Gingerbread only, m'afraid.
Broadly speaking, the Xperia go is a bit of an odd customer, and very much a successor to the type of handset Sony Ericsson seemed fairly good at coming up with. That isn't necessarily a criticism – it's simply that the Xperia go seems designed to fit a specific lifestyle niche, just like many of SE's efforts were.
In this case we're talking the active lifestyle multimedia buff – you know, the type whose prime motivation is watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster on their mobile phone while jet-skiing in Monte Carlo.
The Xperia go comes with a 3.5in Reality Display with Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine, which should go some way to making up for the modest 480 x 320 resolution. Indeed, keep looking at the spec and it's increasingly obvious why Sony has chosen to big up the software features instead: this is no premium piece of mobile hardware.
A dual-core 1GHz kicks things off, teamed up with 512MB of RAM. There's 8GB of internal memory (4GB usable), but you do get 50GB of free cloud storage and the usual microSD slot. The camera is a modest 5-megapixel jobby, and as we've mentioned it's set to launch only with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board, with Ice Cream Sandwich set to land via update at a later stage.
Just a quick aside on that: the Xperia go launches in Q3, Sony informs us. Wonder what the world's mobile press at the Ice Cream Sandwich launch last October would have made of news that new Android devices would still be launching on Gingerbread all of nine months later. Just wondering.
Anyhow, getting back to the script: Sony has preloaded the Xperia go with its Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited entertainment apps to keep you up to speed with the latest movies, TV series and of course choons while you're scooting about on your jet-ski in the Med.
As we've mentioned, the Sony Xperia go will be going on sale in Q3 – that means July, hopefully – and will be available in black, white and yellow.