Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Back at FCC With North American 3G
Last time Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Neo made an appearance at the FCC, it was outfitted with a 3G radio tuned to UMTS band VIII, marking it for likely European or Asian service. Two weeks later, it’s made a new appearance with a slightly different model number and frequency support for a North American carrier.
This round through, the Xperia Neo has all the markings of an AT&T smartphone, with UMTS bands II and V under its belt, as well as quad-band GSM. Despite the addition of US 3G, the phone looks like it will still have international coverage under the 2100MHz UMTS I band. This new Neo is model number A3880101, up from the A3880100 we saw in the initial filing.
We were hoping to see the Xperia Neo end up in the US, since this looks like a great alternative to a larger phone if you still want something fast and running the latest software; with a 3.7-inch FWVGA screen, the Neo should be a little more pocket-friendly than the 4-inch+ models out there.
In addition to the RF testing documentation, there’s also a selection of both internal and external photos of the Neo’s hardware, as well as an abbreviated user’s manual, but those don’t provide anything new that wasn’t available from the phone’s previous FCC visit. There’s no word yet on when you might expect AT&T to launch the Xperia Neo, nor any US pricing available, though the phone will go for about $600 in Europe.