Waterproof Sony Xperia acro S poised to make a "splash in HD" with 12MP camera and 720p display
Sony seems to be taking the waterproof trend outside of Japan for its handsets, announcing the Xperia acro S today. The specs seem to jibe with the Japan-only Xperia acro HD that was unveiled recently - a 12MP Exmor R camera capable of 1080p video, 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a 4.3" HD Reality Display.
Besides the top shelf specs its main virtues are, of course, the IP55 and IP57 ratings for dust and water resistance, meaning you can dip it in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes or play frisbee on the beach with it without worrying that sand and liquid will damage the internals.
The handset is chubbier and heftier than even the Xperia S, with its 0.47" (11.9mm) thickness and 5.18oz (147g) of weight, but all that weatherproofing must come with some price. Just like the Xperia go announced today, it has the "wet finger tracking" tech that allows you to operate the capacitive touchscreen even when your digits are dripping with salty water, and that's enough to make it stand out.
It sports a fairly generous sealed 1910mAh battery, can stream media to your DLNA gear sans cables, and has an NFC chip for mobile payments and Sony SmartTag-ing. The TV Launcher app that works as a remote for Sony's smart BRAVIA TVs is present as well.
Sony says that the Xperia acro HD will be available globally in the third quarter in the press release, so we keep our hopes high to see it on GSM carriers, as that's the radio inside. It will be available in white, black and the pink you see in the slideshow below.
Thankfully, the phone will launch with Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and have a microSD slot for storage expansion.