Pictures : Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro Smartphone

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In the hindsight, we should have known that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro would have a successor given that it is currently the only handset in the entire Sony Ericsson portfolio to have a proper keyboard.

We talked to Kevin Lloyd, the product marketing manager for the Xperia Pro at Sony Ericsson, who confirmed that the X10 Mini Pro would not be killed as the Pro is launched.

Instead, it is likely that the Mini Pro would drop in price with the Pro slotting in nicely above it. http://shop.o2.co.uk/mobile_phone/Sony_Ericsson/Xperia_X10_Mini_Pro?lastPage=/mobile_phones/Pay_Monthly/page O2 sells the phone for £30.63 per month on an 18-month contract although it can be had for as little as £153.82 on PAYG.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro however is a completely different beast; it has a much bigger screen and a much higher resolution to start with - FWVGA 3.7-inch compared to a QVGA 2.55-inch.

That's mroe than five times the resolution on a screen twice the size, which means that the interface is likely to be much more enjoyable on the Pro than on the X10 Mini Pro.

Then there's the Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC which runs at 1GHz, Android Gingerbread, an 8GB microSD card and up to seven hours battery life; as for the rest of the range, it will come with Mobile Bravia, DLNA and an 8-megapxiel camera with HD recording capabilities.

This is significantly better than the X10 Mini Pro which ran with the obsolete Android 1.6 and puts it on equal footing with the HTC Desire Z and the Motorola Milestone, the only other Android smartphones with physical keyboards.

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