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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro A Bargain Despite Xperia Pro Launch

With the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro delayed till July and possibly beyond, prospective customers might be enticed to look at its predecessor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro which also comes with a keyboard but is significantly smaller.

T-Mobile still sells the Xperia X10 Mini Pro (via Buymobilephones (opens in new tab)) for £11.15 on a two year contract with 100 minutes, 100 texts and unlimited data which brings the total cost of ownership over the two years to around £268.

Those looking for that handset without being tied to a contract can go to Carphone Warehouse (opens in new tab) where it is available on Pay as you go for £144.95 including all you can eat data plus 3000 texts and 300 minutes for 30 days.

The smartphone runs on a Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC clocked at 600MHz, comes with Android 2.1 with SE's Timescape UI, has a proper slide-out QWERTY keyboard with 128MB RAM, a 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen with QVGA resolution, a five-megapixel camera, microSD support, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ActiveSync compatibility.

The new Xperia Pro builds on the X10 Mini Pro by offering a bigger keyboard, a more powerful Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, a much bigger screen with more than five times the pixel count, a newer version of Android and support for bigger microSD cards.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.