Sony Ericsson Introduces Xperia mini, mini pro Androids

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After showing up in plenty of blurry-cam photos (and some not-so-blurry), Sony Ericsson’s latest editions to the Xperia line are finally making an appearance in some nice, clean press shots, as the company officially reveals the Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro Gingerbread Androids.

The mini claims to be one of the smallest Androids available (the smallest that can still record HD video, according to SE), with a petite three-inch screen. That means it will only have a 320 x 480 HVGA resolution, but with Sony’s BRAVIA engine, those tiny graphics should be very impressive for their size. The smartphone has a five-megapixel rear camera, 1200mAh battery, and will ship with a 2GB microSD card for storage.

The mini pro builds upon the mini’s specs with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard; the addition of the keyboard increases the phone’s weight nearly fifty percent. The only other major change is that the pro also adds a front-facing VGA camera for video chat.

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While there have been some rumored specs on these follow-ups to the Xperia X10 mini phones, it turns out that the finished products are going to be more powerful than initially reported; both will run a 1GHz Snapdragon.

On the software side, SE is premiering “Facebook inside Xperia”, a modified UI that sprinkles connections to Facebook all throughout the phone, giving you more opportunities to easily share your content with friends. The company says to expect this integration coming to more Xperias soon.

Both models will see a global release sometime in Q3; look for them to arrive with AT&T frequency bands in the States.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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