Sony Ericsson (SE) has unveiled the pre-order price for its relatively under-hyped Xperia Pro Android smartie, for just a penny shy of £350.
Despite being announced at the same time as the Xperia Play and the Xperia Neo back in February at the Mobile World Congress - both of which have since hit store shelves - we haven’t heard so much as a pip from SE regarding the Pro. Until now that is.
The London based Japanese-Swedish venture has quite unexpectedly updated the Pro’s information page on its online store with a UK price set at a rather reasonable £349.99.
According to the site, the handset will be in stock this month but gives no specific date, although it can be pre-ordered right away.
Standout features include a 3.7-inch TFT display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine technology and scratch-resistant coating, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 and an eight-megapixel snapper with an Exmor R sensor, LED flash, autofocus, image stabilisation, geotagging and HD recording to boot.
It is also home to a slide out QWERTY keyboard that takes advantage of a so-called Type and Send feature for fast messaging, and Smart Keyboard text prediction software that’s triggered automatically when the keyboard is slid open.
Elsewhere there is Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, which comes topped with SE’s bespoke UI and preinstalled with an array of Google’s main apps and services.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP and USB, as well an HDMI port and DLNA support for streaming HD content onto other devices. Internal storage is a paltry 320MB but can be expanded by up to 32GB via the microSD slot.
For that price it seems like a no-brainer to us if you’re in the market for a brand new smartie. Contract prices have yet to be announced so if you’re not of mind to pay the full amount from the get-go, stay tuned for more information.