Apparently Cinco de Mayo isn't just a day for celebration and drinking, phone manufacturers like to join in on the fun, too. Sony Ericsson announced a new addition to its Xperia line of phones, the Xperia Acro, the Japanese cousin to the SE Xperia Arc.
In a press release, Sony Ericsson told us its new phone would have Android 2.3 on board, huzzah! It's always a good sign to see manufacturers preloading Gingerbread on their new phones. It'll handle the processing with the help of a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 205 GPU. The camera will snap photos at 8.1MP and record video at 720p. With the included Exmor R for mobile technology, low light stills and videos will turn out surprisingly well, often negating the use for the camera flash. SE brags the Acro has "best-in-class imaging and display technology features," something we can certainly attest to given the excellence of the Xperia Arc's camera. This allows it to take full advantage of the mobile TV functionality it's capable of. All this goodness will be displayed on a 4.2-inch extra-wide screen powered by the Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine. You'll be able to pick up an Acro this summer in black or white.
We have SE's full press release after the break.
Source: Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia acro - the ultimate smartphone for users in Japan
05 May 2011
Combines best-in-class imaging and display technology with features familiar to users in Japan, such as an infrared port for data exchange, mobile wallet, and mobile TV functionality.
May 5, 2011, London, UK – Sony Ericsson today unveiled the Xperia™ acro, a new addition to the Xperia™ range, designed specifically for the needs of users in Japan. The Xperia™ acro builds on the success of the product family with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, and runs on the latest Android platform – Gingerbread 2.3. Best-in-class imaging and display technology features from Sony – the perfect enabler for its mobile TV functionality.
Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said, “We are delighted to be introducing this flagship model to Japan. In this sophisticated market, we are listening to consumers and are happy to adapt our products to fit in with requirements which they believe to be an essential part of the mobile experience. We expect that they will be pleased to have such a uniquely adept premium smartphone and look forward to a new wave of consumers experiencing the world of Xperia™.”
The Xperia™ acro provides an excellent multimedia experience, powered by a Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and presented on an extra wide 4.2” screen. The 8.1 megapixel camera with ‘Exmor R™ for mobile’ enables the capture of low-noise, high quality images and HD video (720p), even in low light. Pictures and videos can then be shared in HD on a HDTV through a built in HDMI-connector.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ acro – Key features
Human Curvature™ design and form factor
Mobile TV functionality enabling live TV viewing
Infrared port enables data sharing with other infrared enabled devices
Mobile wallet: Instead of paying with cash, cheque or credit cards, a user can use the Xperia™ acro to pay for a wide range of services and digital or hard goods.
Extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences
Sony Exmor R™ for mobile delivers best-in-class low-light photography and video capture
8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability
1GHz CPU, Adreno 205 GPU
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ acro will be available in Japan from this summer in Black and White.