The first photos of what looks like the successor to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, the one with a keyboard, have surfaced a feew days ago in China courtesy of IT168.com.
The new phone appears to have changed little. The keyboard keys seem to be flatter and a tad bigger and the physical front buttons have all but disappeared with only tactile ones remaining.
It is powered by Android 2.3 and will keep Sony Ericsson's own UXP launcher which is specifically designed for small size screens. Sony Ericsson has already got a Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, one that was launched back in February 2011. This means that the new one might simply be called the Xperia Pro Mini.
The current Xperia X10 Mini Pro runs on Android 2.1 and may not get Gingerbread at all. It comes with a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM system on chip, 128MB RAM, weighs 120g and has a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen.
It doesn't have a front facing camera and its rear camera comes with flash and has a 5-megapixel resolution. Apart from Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi, there's just that physical keyboard that sets it apart from the rest of the competition.
O2 is selling it on PAYG for a mere £119.99 including £10 topup. T-Mobile is also selling it with 100 minutes, 100 texts with unlimited data for £20.42 per month (and a £135 automatic cashback), that's just under £13 net.