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Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro To Cost £350, Launching Soon

Nearly four months after it was announced at MWC in Barcelona, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro will be available to those in the UK directly from the Japanese manufacturer within the next few weeks.

Sony Ericsson has listed the phone on its online retailing website (opens in new tab) for £350 sim free. The phone comes with a 3.7-inch 854x480 pixel capacitive screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, up to 320MB onboard storage, a microSD card slot and up to seven hours talk time.

Just like other Sony Ericsson Xperia phones, this one runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and its unique selling point is its full sliding keyboard.

Other features include 512MB onboard storage, an eight-megapixel camera with AF and flash, 720p video recording, Wi-Fi and HSDPA.

The phone is a direct replacement for the smaller Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro which came with a tiny 2.55-inch QVGA screen, a Qualcomm SoC clocked at 600MHz, a five-megapixel camera and Android OS 1.6. It is still available for sale from Prepaymania from £130 only (opens in new tab).

Other smartphones with physical slide out keyboards and based on Android include the HTC Desire Z & the Motorola Milestone, both of them being cheaper than the Xperia Pro but failing to match the phone's specifications.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.