Sony launches two new Xperia smartphones

Sony Mobile has unveiled two brand new smartphones that are due to arrive later this year. The manufacturer has billed the devices "for consumers looking for premium specifications and beautiful design with extra durability and water resistance".

The "premium specifications" line can only realistically be applied to the Xperia acro S (below), which has a 4.3in HD display, 12-megapixel fast capture camera capable of going from sleep to snap in just over a second, 1.5GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Its Xperia go (below) counterpart has its eggs thrown rather exclusively into the durability basket. At 9.8mm thick it should be able to survive some blows, while an IP67 resistance rating means it offers total protection from dust and can stand full water immersion between 15 centimetres and one metre.

Though a 3.5in display with a resolution of just 320x480 pixels, a rather ordinary 5-megapixel camera, and a not-so-rip-roaring 1GHz dual-core processor (we're in quad-core times now) leave it lacking in other areas.

But if you can literally bury the thing in sand, chuck it at walls and drown it in the bath without breaking it, who cares?

No word yet on prices but the smartphones' release can be expected in the "final third" of the year. The camera-oriented Xperia acro S will be available in black, white and pink; its rugged Xperia go brother in black, white and yellow.