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iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro From £130

O2 is currently offering a deal on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, with the handset available for £130, a price that excludes a minimum topup of £7.50 but includes a £20 gift voucher that can be used at a number of high street stores.

Launched earlier this year at MWC, the Xperia Mini Pro is the followup to the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, and comes with a proper slide out physical QWERTY keyboard and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Like its bigger brothers, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset clocked at 1GHz, comes with 512MB RAM, and a microSD card slot to compensate for the limited onboard storage.

There's also a 3-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display (a scratch-resistant multi-touch Reality Display coupled with Mobile BRAVIA Engine), a five megapixel camera with AF and HD video recording capabilities.

While it is certainly not the best value handset at this price - we'd still prefer to have the bigger screen of an Orange San Francisco II or the versatility of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - it's not far off, and many may prefer to have a smaller handset with a proper dedicated keyboard.