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Sony Ericsson Xperia active

Jun 22, 2011
Market status


  • Water-resistant phone


  • Low pixel density screen (192 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (512 MB RAM)
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.65 inches inches)
  • Low resolution display (320 x 480 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)
  • No front-facing camera




As the name suggests the Sony Ericsson Xperia active is targeting the outdoorsman in you. It's a 3-incher, with 320x480 pixels of resolution and scratch-resistant display that is allegedly able to accurately track your fingers even when wet. This hints at the biggest added value of the Xperia active - it is waterproof up to three feet (1m) for up to 30 minutes. To complement the water- and dustproof sealing, the company throws in a couple of extra sensors like compass and barometer, as well as apps like Personal Trainer, Pulse Watch and Pedometer. The cool thing is that а 5MP camera capable of HD video found its way in the waterproof housing as well.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (4.0, 2.3)
  • Dimensions:
    • 3.62 x 2.17 x 0.65 inches (92 x 55 x 16.5 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.91 oz (111 g)
      the average is 5.1 oz (146 g)
  • Rugged:
      • Water, Dust resistant


  • Physical size:
    • 3.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 480 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 192 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 52.88 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass


  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Autofocus, Geo tagging
    • Shooting Modes:
      • Scenes
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)
    • Features:
      • Video light


  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 205
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 512 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.32 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 4.88 hours
      the average is 13 h (800 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 14.6 days (351 hours)
      the average is 17 days (412 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 5.50 hours
      the average is 15 h (906 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 14.0 days (335 hours)
      the average is 24 days (579 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 25.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 8.50 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1200 mAh


  • Music player:
    • Features:
      • Music recognition
  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo, RDS
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, Twitter


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation, Points of interest (POI)
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  • Bluetooth:
      • Yes
  • Wi-Fi:
      • Yes
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Other:
    • DLNA, ANT+, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3, AAC), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass, Barometer
    • Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 22 Jun 2011

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • Sport stereo headset, Arm case, Wrist strap, 2GB microSD memory card, Exchangeable cover, Charger, microUSB cable for charging Synchronisation and file transfer, user documentation

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as Sony Ericsson ST17i, Sony Ericsson ST17a

Alternative variants

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Sony Ericsson Xperia active ST17a

  • UMTS:
    • 800, 1900, 2100 MHz

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