London - SonyEricsson is upgrading its Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro smartphones to offer the latest Android OS (Gingerbread 2.3), faster processor at 1GHz, larger multitouch screen at 3 inches, and other improvements.
One model, the touchscreen-only Xperia mini, is promoted as the world's smallest smartphone with HD (720p) video recording. The phones measures 88 x 52 x 16mm.
The Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro, which features slide-down QWERTY keyboard, will be available globally in select markets in the third quarter. U.S. availability wasn't specified, but versions were announced with 850/1900MHz 3G W-CDMA/HSPA technology, optimizing them for the AT&T network. Those versions also incorporate the 2.1GHz band for global roaming.
Both models feature Sony Reality display and Mobile Bravia video engine technology to enhance video playback. A new user interface that places up to four app icons into each corner of the screen to display a total of 16 apps on the home screen.
Both also feature "
Facebook inside Xperia," which
makes Facebook immediately accessible from the most used areas of the phone, such as the picture gallery, music player, phonebook and calendar. The feature will be added to other Xperia phones.
The mini pro adds slide-out keyboard, handwriting recognition, front-facing VGA videocamera for videochats, and preloaded Office Suite and McAfee antivirus software.
Features common to both include FM radio with RDS, DLNA certification, 5-megapixel camera with face detection and recognition, LED flash, smile detection, Google Talk, stereo Bluetooth, RDS FM tuner, and Sony Ericsson Timescape, which consolidates all types of messages with a particular person, whether SMS, email, Facebook, Twitter or pictures.
Pricing wasn't announced, but color options were. They are and will be available in black, white, dark pink and blue.