Sony Ericsson Xperia pro Hands-on
With all the high-end dual core and 3D smartphones making an appearance, the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro is not the most innovative handset out there, but sometimes conservative is better. It is a nicely looking landscape QWERTY slider with a screen sized at 3.7 inches with a resolution of 480 x 854 and Sony's Mobile Bravia engine for graphics. The Xperia pro actually reminded us of a lower-end version of the Xperia Arc as both share a gorgeous screen (the Xperia pro is significantly smaller). The SE Xperia pro has a rounded plastic body and a solid feel. Moreover, Sony Ericsson claims an ergonomically designed keyboard for faster typing. The phone is the first one with Type & Send functionality which puts all messaging in one place and it also features Smart Keyboard for predictive messaging.
Under the hood, there is a 1GHz Snapdragon processor taking care of the smooth performance of Android Gingerbread skinned with SE's very own Timescape. The 8-megapixel rear facing camera is equipped with LED flash and can shoot HD video. Both are enhanced with Sony's Exmor R sensor for better low-light performance. On the front there is a 2-megapixel camera – perfect for video calling.
The phone definitely targets the
business user not only with its keyboard, but also with its
capabilities to securely sync information as well as view and edit
documents through the preloaded Office Suite Pro. Finally, the Xperia
pro will come with HDMI connectivity allowing it to output content
directly to an HD TV or a projector. However for this one, the wait will be a bit longer as the handset is expected at the end of the second quarter of 2011.