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Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro To Reach UK .... In October

Those looking to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, that sleek and sexy slide-out Android-based smartphone announced in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will have to wait until October to get their hands on the device.

That's a whopping eight months and we can't help but think that it might just be too little too late. Carphone Warehouse (opens in new tab) now lists the phone for October while Sony Ericsson still maintains that the phone will be launched this month.

As for the other usual suspects (Clove, Play, Handtec and Expansys), they have yet to publish a release date OR a price. The Xperia Pro is basically the same as the Xperia Play except that it swaps the game pad of the latter for a proper keyboard aimed at corporate customers.

Like the Play, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, a 3.7-inch 854x480 pixel display with enhanced Mobile Bravia Engine, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HDMI and a 8.1-megapixel camera with AF. To backup its business credentials, Sony Ericsson bundled the OfficeSuite Pro set of applications as well as a few other tools.

Is it worth holding on for the Xperia Pro? We're disappointed that Sony Ericsson delayed the handset by nearly three quarters of a year; by the time it launches the Xperia Pro may face a few more rivals while existing ones like the HTC Desire Z will have significantly dropped in price.

Désiré Athow

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.