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Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview

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Our Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Review is now published - click here to read it.

Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.

Introduction:


The Sony Ericsson Xperia neo might not have come out of the Matrix like Neo, but it nonetheless can impress with some of the features it packs in its light rounded body. The handset has a gorgeous 3.7-inch screen with BRAVIA technology for better looking images and videos, Sony's EXMOR R camera sensor for superior low-light performance and a capable second-gen Qualcomm chipset. What else could you want for a device that serves Gingerbread to the masses at a more affordable price than SE's flagship, the Xperia arc?

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Design:

Unlike the Xperia arc where Sony took a new approach to design with a sleek body and an inward curve, the Xperia neo has the signature Sony Ericsson look, very reminiscent of the Vivaz with rounded shapes and more volume (0.51 inches in thickness) which contributes to a weight of 4.44 ounces (126 grams). No wonder about that the Xperia neo was codenamed Vivaz 2/Hallon prior to its official unveiling! The plastic back cover of the phone might not be as durable as a metal one, but it helps keep the handset not too heavy and with the graceful curves and gradient on the back it fits well in the overall design. The body itself comes in midnight blue, like our unit, as well as two more color variations – a silver and a red one.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia neo is very reminiscent of the Vivaz with rounded shapes and more volume - Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview
The Sony Ericsson Xperia neo is very reminiscent of the Vivaz with rounded shapes and more volume - Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview
The Sony Ericsson Xperia neo is very reminiscent of the Vivaz with rounded shapes and more volume - Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview

The Sony Ericsson Xperia neo is very reminiscent of the Vivaz with rounded shapes and more volume


Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The front side holds a gorgeous 3.7-inch LCD screen with visuals enhanced by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine technology, coming to your phone straight from Sony's HD TVs. What it does is adjust the sharpness and contrast so images look punchier and plain cooler, but it's solely a software trick which you can disable from the Settings menu if for some reason you prefer regular picture quality. The resolution is close to the de-facto standard for high-end Androids at 480 x 854 pixels, slightly short of Apple's iPhone 4 640 x 960, but still providing a great amount of detail.

Just above the screen is a 0.3-megapixel front-facing VGA camera, perfect for video calls. Neatly arranged to the side are the proximity and ambient light sensors. Below the screen you can find three physical buttons, which are easy to press and overall a welcome addition as you can operate them without constantly looking down to see what are you pressing as is often the case with capacitive buttons.

Just above the screen is a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera - Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview
Just above the screen is a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera - Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview
Just above the screen is a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera - Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview

Just above the screen is a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera


The whole left handside of the Xperia neo is beautifully plain. We could imagine this has something to do with the phone's photographic affiliation and the fact that you might want to balance it on the left handside when taking landscape pictures, but that's just a guess. The right side holds the lock key, volume rocker and a dedicated camera shutter key. The shutter functions in your usual two-step camera manner – first you press slightly to focus and then push further down to take the picture. Its presence definitely underlines the ambitions of the Xperia neo in the camera department.

Left and right sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo - Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview
Left and right sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo - Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Preview

Left and right sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo


The back of the phone holds one of the phone's prides – the 8.1-megapixel camera equipped with LED flash and capable of recording 720p HD video. We'll take a closer look at the performance of the EXMOR R sensor in the camera overview.

Finally, on top the phone has a lid-protected HDMI-out port for easy video output to your HD TV, a similarly protected microUSB slot used for charging and syncing the handset, and a 3.5mm standard headset jack.

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posted on 10 Mar 2011, 09:45

1. Bojan (unregistered)


How is the battery life?

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 11:54

2. gregory (unregistered)


very slow system in this se!!! i prefer symbian 3-much faster and needs less resources :)

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 18:18

3. jhoravi (unregistered)


hi PhoneArena,
You forgot to checdk the size of RAM and Internal Storage.
thanks

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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (265 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.24 x 0.51 inches
(116 x 57 x 13 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.91 hours talk time

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