Sony Mobile has announced two new entries into its Xperia range of smartphones, the Xperia Go and the Xperia Acro S, both of which boast water and dust resistance.
Joining other rugged phones such as Motorola’s Defy, the Xperia Go is seated just below the mid-range, while the Acro S is right up at the top, alongside the Xperia S. In fact, it’s almost identical.
They’re designed with the more active user in mind, as both are resistant to dust and water, and use Sony’s “wet finger tracking” technology previously seen on the Xperia Active, so the screen will still respond even if it and your fingers are damp.
The Xperia Go has an IP67 rating, so it’s good to go underwater (to a depth of 1m) for up to 30 minutes without any adverse effects, while the Acro S gets IP55 and IP57, so it’ll survive under a stream of water too.
On the spec side, the Xperia Go has a 3.5-inch Reality Display touchscreen with a modest 320 x 480 pixel resolution, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, and a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. Sony doesn’t mention which chip it is, but we’d expect it to be the NovaThor U8500.
It has 8GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot to give that figure a boost by up to 32GB, plus a 1265mAh battery, GPS and DLNA connectivity.
The Xperia Acro S has a large 4.3-inch Reality display screen with a 720p resolution, a 12 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot too.
Apart from the hardware differences, the two phones are split by their respective versions of the Android operating system, as the Xperia Go has Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while the Acro S has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed. Sony does say an Android 4.0 update will come to the Xperia Go, but doesn’t provide a date. Both phones will go on sale during Q3 this year, but pricing hasn’t been confirmed. See each of the new devices in action by viewing the videos below: