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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Available on April 19th In UK

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo smartphone, which was presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February, will be available for shipment on the 19th of April in the UK for £359.

Clove Technology says that the phone (opens in new tab), which embodies most of the features of the arc, the Play and the Pro and will replace the popular, Symbian-based Vivaz handset,"is a phone for anyone who wants multimedia just a finger press away".

Like the rest of the range it will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 system on chip with the Adreno 205 GPU and clocked at 1GHz. It has 320MB RAM, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a Timescape user interface, a 3.7-inch screen with a 854x480 pixel resolution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI connection, microUSB and supports up to 32GB microSD cards.

It also inherits Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine which should, in theory mean that the phone's display is sharper and crisper. Another technology that Sony included in the handset is the Sony Exmor R image sensor with an eight-megapixel camera.

Expect the phone to be available from under £20 per month from the likes of Everything Everywhere, O2 and Vodafone. 3 UK hasn't confirmed yet whether they will sell the Xperia Neo.

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