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Sony Ericsson updates Xperia mini range

Japanese-Swedish mobile phone manufacturing venture Sony Ericsson has announced two new budget handsets, the Xperia mini and mini Pro – both of which are successors to the original Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini series were born from the Xperia X10 flagship mobile phone from early last year, where the X10 small screened mini arrived a few months later and the slide-out keyboard version tipped up early summer time.

The original Xperia X10 mini phone arrived with a 2.55-inch 240x320 TFT capacitive touch screen whilst powered by a 600Mhz Arm Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset, with just 128MB of RAM and support for 16GB microSD cards. The mobile ran from Android ‘Donut’ 1.6 OS and the SE TimeScape UI, with an upgradable option to Android ‘Éclair’ 2.1 much later on.

Sony Ericsson’s new Xperia mini replacement handset will arrive with a much better 3-inch 320x480 LED-backlit LCD capacitive touch screen, whilst running from the faster 1GHz Scorpion Qualcomm QSD8255 Snapdragon chipset, with 512MB RAM and support for the larger 32GB microSD cards. The updated handset runs from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 OS straight from the box, along with an improved TimeScape UI.

The Xperia mini also has a multi-touch screen reality display and the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, which was both missing from the original device and has recently been seen in their Xperia Arc handset. Both the Xperia X10 mini and Xperia mini have 5megapixel cameras, although the newer model now has HD video recording capabilities in 720p.

Sony Ericsson’s X10 mini pro was the same model as the X10 mini, only with a slide-out keyboard where the overall improvements between the X10 mini and Xperia mini have been exactly mirrored in the Xperia mini pro.

The two new handsets also arrive with ‘Facebook inside Xperia’ that integrates the social media site throughout the phone, with access from almost anywhere on the mobile itself.

The Facebook inside Xperia integrations relates to being able to share songs that are ‘liked’ with others, with the ability to see what friends are listening to and watching. Facebook albums and photos are now integrated into the Xperia image gallery, as if they are already on the mobile phone and FB notification alerts are viewable inside of the lock-screen too.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia mini pro and Xperia mini will be available during the summertime, with a cost that possibly matches the existing models at launch.

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