When we heard about the hitherto most recent round of delays for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Pro, which came to our attention near the beginning of June, we were hopeful that they might signal the last rescheduling that the smartphone would need to undergo. First we were looking at an early June launch, then sometime in July, and eventually a late July release. Understandably, we wanted that to be the end of it. Perhaps we should have interpreted that slowly-creeping-back date as a more troublesome sign than we did, because now Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the Xperia Pro is on ice until Q4 of this year.
The delay was initially revealed through an updated pre-registration page at smartphone retailer Carphone Warehouse. Though it initially continued to still offer hope of a summer release, Sony Ericsson has changed its tune and is now saying that October is the earliest we could hope to see the Xperia Pro arrive.
This news specifically deals with the Pro’s UK launch, but we have no reason to think that Sony Ericsson would be able to get the phone out in another market any sooner.
With a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 1GHz Snapdragon, the Xperia Pro goes for just under $600. Thanks to these new delays, though, you may want to think twice about a pre-order; there will be lots more phones to choose between by the fall.