Tonight XDA attended the unveiling of the latest additions to the Xperia family – notably the two next generation Xperia Minis!
Hidden away in the trendy depths of Shoreditch in London, Sony Ericsson had a number of the two Mini Android devices on display plus a bit of ten pin bowling when there were no spare handsets to play with! Citing the Xperia Mini as ‘the world’s smallest HD video recording smartphone’ and the Xperia Mini Pro as ‘intuitive fast messaging in a compact smartphone’, the devices were indeed small in comparison by today’s smartphone standards.
The Mini featuring 720p video recording fits right into your hand, and yet the 3 inch touchscreen is not noticeably small when sliding your finger navigating through the menus.
The Mini Pro on the other hand, features a slide out keyboard which although is still small, feels quite chunky in the hand – probably due to the proportions of the height of the phone compared to the thickness.
Both devices run Android’s Gingerbread on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and show off Sony Ericsson’s Reality Display with the superb BRAVIA technology. Additionally, the devices offer a variety of covers in white, pink, turquoise and black – although the shiny black casing was a fingerprint magnet.
The other big announcement from Sony Ericsson was the launch of ‘Facebook inside Xperia’. This new social integration should bring lots of joy to Facebook addicts making the social network immediately accessible from the picture gallery where you can ‘Like’ a photo directly from the photo app. The feature is also present in the music gallery, phonebook, and calendar. This means that you can update your Facebook status with your ‘Likes’ without even opening a Facebook application.
If you already own an Xperia Arc or Play, fear not as the new social integration feature will be available by updating your software.
Both devices will be available in Q3.