Sony Announces Two New Android Handsets, the tough and water resistant Xperia Go and Xperia Arco S

The Xperia go and Xperia arco S are the latest offerings from Sony. Both have a nice sleek and clean look, but can also fend off  life’s busy work weekwhether it be in the office or out in the elements of nature. These two new Android devices come designed to be water resistant and very durably, boasting a scratch resistant mineral glass protecting the 3.5” and 4.3” screens respectively. The Xperia go and Xperia arco S will be available worldwide in Q3 of this year.

The Xperia go is sporting as mentioned, a 3.5” display, 5-megapixel camera, completely sealed to resist scratches to the glass, and keep out dust and water, a 1Ghz Dual-core power plant. The Xperia arco S carries a bit more weight than its little brother, touting a larger 4.3” 720p HD display also scratch/water/dust resistant, 12-megapixel camera, Playstation Certified, a front-facing camera featuring full 1080p HD video with a 720p HC shooter to compliment, and a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor. Both of these come out of the box with Gingerbread, but are upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you want more on these latest offerings from Sony hit the break for the full press release.

Introducing Xperia go and Xperia acro S – two new stylish, durable and water resistant smartphones from Sony

  • Stylish, sleek and durable smartphones made to resist life’s challenges without compromising on design or functionality
  • Easy connectivity and premium entertainment from Sony Entertainment Network anywhere, anytime
  • Reality Display for razor sharp clarity and fast capture camera to go from sleep to snap in just over a second

30 May, London, United Kingdom – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced two new Xperia™ smartphones for consumers looking for premium specifications and beautiful design with extra durability and water resistance. Xperia go and Xperia acro S have scratch resistant mineral glass displays and meet industry standard IP ratings* (International Protection) for protection against dust and water immersion. Xperia go and Xperia acro S enable easy connectivity to share and enjoy content on TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet. They also come preloaded with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network giving access to Hollywood blockbusters, TV series and millions and millions of music tracks. Xperia go and Xperia acro S will be available globally from the third quarter of 2012.

Consumer demand for durable and water resistant smartphones 

Industry research demonstrates that consumers consider durability and water resistance as important features when purchasing a smartphone. For example, a study conducted in Japan by Mobile Marketing Data Labo** highlighted water resistance in the top three most important features for smartphone buyers. In a recent poll*** on Sony Mobile’s Facebook community more than a third of participants stated durability as the most important feature when choosing a smartphone. Also, Xperia acro HD, which has the same durability and water resistance features as Xperia acro S, has been the best selling smartphone in Japan since its launch in March****, further demonstrating the appeal of durability and water resistance. 

Xperia go – the stylish Sony smartphone made for extra durability
With Xperia go consumers can watch the latest movies and TV shows in razor sharp quality and with super fast performance. Its sleek and stylish design means durable and water resistant smartphones no longer have to look bulky and ruggedized.

Key features for Xperia go

  • 3.5” Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine gives razor sharp clarity 
  • 5MP fast capture camera goes from sleep to snap in just over a second 
  • Scratch resistant mineral glass display with wet finger tracking 
  • Highest level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone – IP67 Rating
  • 1Ghz dual core processor gives consumers super fast performance 
  • Launching on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Available in black, white and yellow colours
  • Xperia go will launch in the US market under the name “Xperia advance”

Xperia acro S – The stylish water resistant HD smartphone
Xperia acro S boasts a 4.3” HD Reality Display for razor sharp clarity, full HD video recording, HD video chat, easy HDMI TV connectivity to enjoy content on the big screen. NFC enabled, Xperia acro S can easily open applications with one touch against an Xperia SmartTag.

Key features for Xperia acro S

  • 4.3” 720p HD Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine gives razor sharp clarity
  • 12MP fast capture camera goes from sleep to snap in just over a second with a single key press 
  • PlayStation™ Certified 
  • Full 1080p HD video recording and 720p HD front camera
  • Scratch resistant mineral glass display with wet finger tracking 
  • IP55 and IP57 Ratings for dust and water resistance
  • 1.5Ghz dual core processor gives consumers super fast performance 
  • Launching on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Available in black, white and pink colours

*IP67 Rating = Protected against dust and the effects of immersion between 15 cm and 1 m for 30
minutes
IP55 Rating = Protected against dust-limited to ingress (no harmful deposits) and water projected
by a nozzle (6.3mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects
IP57 Rating = Protected against dust-limited to ingress (no harmful deposits) and the effects of
immersion between 15 cm and 1 m for 30 minutes
** Japanese research conducted by Mobile Marketing Data Labo (October 2011)
*** 33% stated durability as the most important feature when choosing a smartphone – based on a
survey of 1,477 Facebook users through the global Sony Mobile Facebook fan page as of Friday 25
May 2012
**** According to data from ITmedia, Xperia acro HD (for NTT docomo) was the biggest seller
across all smartphones for ten weeks between March and May 2012

source: sony

 

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