Sony Ericsson announces two Xperia smartphones

Both support Android 2.3 and HD video recording

Xperia mini pro smartphone
The Android-powered Xperia Mini Pro smartphone from Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson unveiled the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro smartphones in London on Thursday. Each runs Android 2.3 and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Sony Ericsson said in a blog post that the main goal with the Xperia family of phones "is to offer the most entertaining smartphones, and to do that with choice," calling attention to the high-definition video-recording capabilities of both phones.

Both are GSM phones that will be available globally in select markets starting in July, Sony Ericsson said. AT&T has sold a related device, the Xperia X10, in the U.S. since last summer, although AT&T did not divulge whether it plans to sell either of the new Xperia devices. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Both new phones have a 3-in. touch screen, but the Pro has a slide-out keyboard, similar to the one on the earlier Xperia Pro device. The Xperia Mini Pro comes pre-loaded with the Microsoft Office suite and McAfee antivirus software, and it supports Exchange email and webmail.

Sony Ericsson said it has integrated Facebook in both devices, making the social networking site immediately accessible from the most-used areas of the phone, such as the picture gallery, music player, phone book and calendar.

Xperia mini
Sony Ericsson says the Xperia Mini is the world's smallest HD video-recording smartphone.

The Xperia Mini Pro, measuring 3.6 x 2.1 x 0.7 in. when closed and weighing 4.8 oz., is slightly larger than the Xperia Mini.

Both phones have a 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording. As such, the Xperia Mini is the world's smallest HD video-recording smartphone, according to Sony Ericsson.

Each ships with a 2GB microSD card, with support for up to 32GB.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His e-mail address is

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