Sony xperia mini


Sony Ericsson Xperia mini

Launch
Announced 2011, May. Released 2011, August
Status Discontinued
Display
Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 3.0 inches, 26.8 cm2 (~58.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~192 ppi density)
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
Platform
OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon S2
CPU 1.0 GHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Memory
Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB (dedicated slot), 2 GB included
Internal 512MB RAM, 320MB
Main Camera
Single 5 MP, AF
Features LED flash
Video 720p
Sound
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio Stereo FM radio, RDS
USB microUSB 2.0
Features
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
 ANT+ MP4/H.264/WMV player MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player TrackID music recognition Document viewer Voice memo

Predictive text input

Battery
  Removable Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 340 h (2G) / Up to 320 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 4 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 4 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 25 h

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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro

Previously known as XPERIA X10 mini pro2

Launch
Announced 2011, May. Released 2011, August
Status Discontinued
Display
Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 3.0 inches, 26.8 cm2 (~55.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~192 ppi density)
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
Platform
OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), not upgradable to 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon S2
CPU 1.0 GHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Memory
Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB (dedicated slot), 2 GB included
Internal 512MB RAM, 400MB
Main Camera
Single 5 MP, AF
Features LED flash
Video 720p
Selfie camera
Single VGA
Video
Sound
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio Stereo FM radio, RDS
USB microUSB 2.0
Features
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
 ANT+ MP4/H.264/WMV player MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player TrackID music recognition Document viewer Voice memo

Predictive text input

Battery
  Removable Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 331 h (2G) / Up to 340 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 5 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 25 min (3G)
Music play Up to 29 h
Misc
Colors Black, White, Pink, Turquoise
SAR EU 0.46 W/kg (head)    
Price About 140 EUR

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini

Also known as Sony Ericsson Robyn

Launch
Announced 2010, February. Released 2010, May
Status Discontinued
Display
Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (65K effective)
Size 2.55 inches, 20.1 cm2 (~48.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~157 ppi density)
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
 Timescape UI
Platform
OS Android 1.6 (Donut), upgradable to 2.1 (Eclair)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM7227 Snapdragon S1
CPU 600 MHz ARM 11
GPU Adreno 200
Main Camera
Single 5 MP, AF
Features LED flash
Video [email protected]
Sound
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, hotspot (v2.2 or higher)
Bluetooth 2.0, A2DP, EDR
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio Stereo FM radio, RDS
USB microUSB 2.0
Features
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Browser HTML
 ANT+ MP4/H.264/WMV player MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player TrackID music recognition Document viewer Voice memo

Predictive text input

Battery
  Removable Li-Po 950 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 285 h (2G) / Up to 360 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 4 h (2G) / Up to 3 h 30 min (3G)
Misc
Colors Gold, Pearl White, Black, Pink, Lime, Red, Silver
SAR EU 1.17 W/kg (head)    
Price About 70 EUR

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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review

Introduction: There are not many phone manufacturers nowadays that are brave enough to venture outside of the well-known and safe field of doing large black slabs, stuffed with dual-core processors. Indeed, from design standpoint, the times are much simpler now than they were before. We're witnessing a relatively bland landscape, mostly filled with boring-looking smartphones, which, albeit powerful, have visibly little sense of style.Until now, this trend went mostly unnoticed, due to the very nature of the smartphone-rocking crowd – tech-savvy individuals who mainly care about the specs and capabilities of their devices, rather than how they look. However, with the rapid proliferation of smartphones, we're beginning to see more and more casual cell phone users making the jump to using an iPhone, an Android handset, etc. With such popularization, sooner or later there's going to be demand for devices that look a bit more refined, a bit more sophisticated, if you will.Some manufacturers are already willing to target their devices to this new, previously unexplored area of the market. Sony Ericsson's Xperia line is a perfect example. With handsets like the arc, ray and mini, the joint-venture is openly showing that its offerings don't rely on specs alone. They'll attract people by looking cool. A rather atypical solution can be observed with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini and mini pro – the new additions to the manufacturer's “super-mini” class, which have taken all the good sides of their predecessors, and managed to complement them with some more up-to-date specs. Let's see how the QWERTY-sporting Xperia mini pro fares in this cruel world of smartphone juggernauts!In the box you'll find:
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
  • Wall charger with detachable microUSB cable
  • Mh510 GreenHeart handsfree
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Small cleaning cloth
  • Screen protector
  • Lots of papers

Design:

This is where the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro should shine. The handset is designed to be stylish and compact, and it's safe to say that the goal has been achieved. We have the all-black variant, but there are also all-white, as well as white with pink or blue back covers to give it a fresher appearance. Due to the presence of a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard, the Xperia mini pro is a bit chubby. Because of that, its presence in your pocket is definitely noticeable. This won't really be a problem for female users, who put their phones in their handbags, and for this purpose, the Xperia mini pro is ideal, managing to remain pretty compact.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro is designed to be stylish and compact

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Sony Ericsson has done a remarkable job with upgrading the mini pro so that it fits today's standards. The display is up from 2.55” QVGA to the much more bearable 3” of HVGA goodness, all the while keeping the dimensions of the device in tact. The display itself is pretty decent in terms of colors and viewing angles. Unfortunately, the ambient light sensor cannot be turned off, so you definitely lack some flexibility in terms of brightness. Outdoors, you'll have to shield your device with your hand, in order to get a readable view. Thankfully, the HVGA resolution plays well with this screen size, and thus the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro delivers fine details, although not Retina Display-quality.

Speaker

Buttons below the display

The front of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro

The screen is also blessed with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine for enhanced photos and videos, which is something we do appreciate. Finally, while the 3 inches of screen real estate are good enough for simple everyday tasks like checking the mail, but hardcore smartphone users will have to look elsewhere and find a bigger option.

The buttons around the device left us with some mixed feelings. For example, while the camera shutter is fantastic, the volume rocker clearly lacks some of that pronounced travel that we enjoy so much. And while the power/lock button seems fine, it's like its tiny dimensions are making it a bit uncomfortable to use. The home button is okay, though could be a bit less stiff.

Right side with volume rocker and camera shutter

Top side with power key and microsUSB port

Bottom side

The sliding mechanism is executed perfectly – the upper part quickly and firmly snaps into place, leaving you alone with that four-row QWERTY keyboard, that has to be pretty well-made, in order to be usable within the compact realities of the Xperia mini pro. And indeed it is! We had absolutely no problems using the keyboard, even then it's not the most spacious one out there. Keys are still nicely spaced out from one another, allowing you to avoid pressing the wrong ones, while they also provide a reassuring feedback when pressed, due to their “clickiness”.

The sliding mechanism of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro is executed perfectly

Camera

Battery compartment

The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro

Overall, we can say that Sony Ericsson has done a terrific job in creating an overly compact, yet usable handset. The screen is now big enough for everyday tasks, while the great QWERTY keyboard also elevates the device's messaging inclination to a very high level.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro

Launch
Announced 2010, February. Released 2010, June
Status Discontinued
Display
Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (65K effective)
Size 2.55 inches, 20.1 cm2 (~43.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~157 ppi density)
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
 Timescape UI
Platform
OS Android 1.6 (Donut), upgradable to 2.1 (Eclair)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM7227 Snapdragon S1
CPU 600 MHz ARM 11
GPU Adreno 200
Main Camera
Single 5 MP, AF
Features LED flash
Video [email protected]
Sound
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, hotspot (v2.2 or higher)
Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio Stereo FM radio, RDS
USB microUSB 2.0
Features
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Browser HTML
 ANT+ MP4/H.264/WMV player MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player TrackID music recognition Document viewer Voice memo

Predictive text input

Battery
  Removable Li-Po 930 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 285 h (2G) / Up to 360 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 4 h (2G) / Up to 3 h 30 min (3G)
Misc
Colors Black, Red, Pink
SAR EU 1.61 W/kg (head)    
Price About 70 EUR

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Sony Xperia Mini Pro updated to Android 4.0, who said that ICS is only for high-end devices?

While Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and LG are all upsetting their users with delays and lack of communication on the ICS updates, Sony is probably doing the absolute best job in bringing the latest and greatest Android version to its entire line-up of mobile devices.

The latest Sony smartphone to get Android 4.0 is a quirky 3-incher with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that can’t even be called mid-ranger based on its tech specs. The Xperia Mini Pro is powered by a modest single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor and features 512 MB of RAM, 400 MB of on-board storage (!) and a 320 x 480 pixels resolution touchscreen. But Sony has still found a way to support ICS on the device.

The Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is currently rolling out to “most” Xperia Mini Pro models worldwide, with some network locked devices being most likely left out of the mix. Don’t expect the update over-the-air, though, because you’ll need to connect your phone to a PC and install the new OS using Sony’s PC Companion software.

If you’re unsure whether your Xperia Mini Pro supports the ICS upgrade or not, take off the phone’s back cover, remove the battery and check the Sales Item (SI) 8-digit number found there. Afterwards, go at this link and see if your SI number is on the list! If it is, you can officially say hello to Android 4.0! If it isn’t, don’t despair and give it some more time!

It will be very interesting to see how a modestly equipped phone like the Xperia Mini Pro handles the new Android OS package, so stay tuned on our website to find that out! Also, drop us a comment below if you’ve already installed ICS on your Mini Pro to tell us your thoughts.

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