The mid-range waterproof Sony Xperia Go will be coming to Canada by way of Rogers-owned Fido this November. Sony also announced that a snazzy exclusive yellow model available if you're picking one up unlocked from Sony stores, while Fido will have black and white versions available.
The Xperia Go was originally announced running Gingerbread, but an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich was rolled out a few weeks ago. Who knows if it'll be lucky enough to get Jelly Bean, but it seems like the real selling point for the Xperia Go is its ruggedness. We've seen this thing take a fair bit of punishment, and if it can keep the pricetag relatively low, there may be a lot of value there. Unfortunately, Sony stayed mum on how much it would cost either on Fido or unlocked, but the UK launch over the summer should provide a good idea of what to expect.
Specs and additional details are in the press release below. Any Fido customers considering picking this one up?
Introducing the Xperia™ go from Sony – with highest water resistance rating in a smartphone
- Smart, sleek and durable smartphone made to resist life’s challenges without compromising on design or functionality
- Reality Display for razor-sharp clarity and fast capture camera to go from sleep to snap in just over a second
October 24, 2012, Toronto, ON – Sony Mobile Communications today announced the Xperia™ go, the latest Android smartphone for consumers who desire premium specifications and beautiful design with extra durability and water resistance. As Sony’s most durable, water-resistant smartphone, the Xperia™ go is built to handle life’s unexpected moments. It has a scratch resistant mineral glass display and meets the IP67 ratings for protection against dust and water immersion between 15cm and 1m for up to 30 minutes. The Xperia™ go will be available in November through Fido and exclusively at Sony Stores in a limited edition yellow.
Industry research demonstrates that consumers consider durability and water resistance as important features when purchasing a smartphone. In a 2012 poll on Sony Mobile’s Facebook community, more than a third of global participants identified durability as the most important feature when choosing a smartphone. Not only can it go from sleep to snap in just over a second, the Xperia™ go is also scratch- and water-resistant, making it an ideal phone for users who want a phone they can rely on without the worry of easily damaging it. Wet screen control lets you operate the device even when standing in the rain, lounging by the pool or on the beach.
“The Xperia™ go is the ideal smartphone for the everyday user looking for a device that can keep up with their lifestyle regardless of whether it rains or shines,” said Peter Farmer, VP Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications. “This phone has the highest level of dust and water resistance in its category and we feel many consumers will appreciate its durability and uncompromised performance.1”
This powerful device conceals its rugged nature in a slim and attractive design, and, at only 9.8mm thick, users can enjoy its lightweight feel and easily transport it in a pocket or bag among keys, change and other items with reduced susceptibility to marks or scratches. The Xperia™ go’s sleek and stylish design means durable no longer has to look bulky and ruggedized.
The Xperia™ go has a 3.5-inch display that provides a visually brilliant viewing experience with razor-sharp clarity and brightness. The 5-megapixel fast capture camera, quick launch feature, and 720p HD video recording capabilities help to catch life’s unexpected moments in crystal clear quality.
Providing premium entertainment, the Xperia™ go will come preloaded with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited apps from Sony Entertainment Network. Consumers can access Hollywood blockbusters, TV series and millions of music tracks. With so much entertainment to be enjoyed, this device comes with up to 8GB internal memory and the option to add up to 32GB external (microSD™) memory. As an added benefit, simply sign-up or access Box** from your Xperia™ go to grab 50GB of file storage from the cloud – free, for life!
Key Features for Xperia™ go:
- 3.5” Reality display powered 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 screen control
- Highest level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone (IP67 rating)1, 2
- 1 GHz dual core processor gives consumers super-fast performance
- Launching on Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Available in black and white through Fido
- Available unlocked in a limited edition yellow exclusively at Sony Stores across Canada