Sony Ericsson Announce the Japan-Only Xperia Acro

Following a low-level leak at the beginning of April, Sony Ericsson have made the Acro official, also confirming it’ll only be for the Japanese market. The press details say it has been ‘designed specifically for the needs of users in Japan’, so we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the specs to see what that means.

The Acro is a new member of the Xperia family, with a design reminiscent of the Xperia X10. In fact, it’s the little brother of the very exciting Xperia Arc, as it has Sony Ericsson’s Human Curvature form along with the Exmor R camera sensor. Here are the remainder of the specs:

  • A 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
  • Adreno 205 graphics processor.
  • Android Gingerbread 2.3.3.
  • 8.1 megapixel camera with HD video recording.
  • 4.2-inch touchscreen.
  • HDMI-out.

That’s a serious spec on its own, so lets take a look at the tweaks making the Acro suitable for release in Japan. The first is the inclusion of mobile TV, a key feature on Japanese smartphones, allowing the user to watch live television broadcasts on the move. Although mobile TV has been trialled in the UK, it never quite caught on as it has in Japan.

The second feature is a ‘mobile wallet’, which Sony Ericsson say is the ability to use the Arco ‘instead of cash’ to pay for goods and services. Of course, we know this better as a feature of NFC, a technology expected to make a splash in Europe and the US over the coming years.

The Sony Ericsson Acro will be available in black or white when it’s released in the summer.

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