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The days where the Nexus S was the sole Android 2.3 smartphone are over, it seems - as are the days where Sony Ericsson had only one Android-powered Xperia-branded device.

SE just announced two new Xperia devices: the Neo and the Pro. Both pack 3.7-inch WVGA (854x480) displays, 1GHz Snapdragon processors, 2MP front-facing cameras, 8MP rear counterparts, Bravia graphics engines, and Gingerbread-based software, with the Pro adding a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to the mix. Additionally, the pair of smartphones will feature HDMI ports and Exmor R technology, which improves photo quality.

Sound like a good time? The Neo will be available "globally in selected markets" starting at the end of Q1, while the Pro will launch at the end of Q2.

Update: T-Mobile UK just confirmed that it will be carrying the Xperia Neo starting this April.

Press release:

February 13, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Sony Ericsson today unveils the Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, the newest additions to the new generation of Xperia™ smartphones. Closely following the launch of the Xperia™ arc smartphone earlier this year, these latest smartphones also feature cutting edge technology from Sony and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Android™ platform – Gingerbread.
As well as best-in-class imaging and display technology from Sony, the Xperia™ pro combines an optimized slide-out keyboard with smart functions to create a fast messaging experience. Featuring an ergonomically crafted keyboard, Sony Ericsson has focused on integrating the hardware with clever messaging functions for a perfect user experience. Xperia™ pro introduces the subtle but fast Type & Send functionality eliminating the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message, and Smart Keyboard that triggers predictive messaging actions automatically when the user slides out the keyboard.
Xperia™ pro is also the ideal business phone for Android fans coming complete with a set of professional functions such as syncing your email, calendar and contacts in a secure way and the pre-loaded Office Suite Pro lets consumers view and edit office documents directly on the phone.
Steve Walker, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson said, "We want to be a leader in Android and with Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, we are now are offering excellent, innovative Android choices for consumers. These latest devices combine stunning design with state-of-the-art Sony technology and a new faster messaging experience on the Xperia™ pro, creating an entertaining smartphone experience."
The best of Sony technology once again features in both Xperia™ pro and Xperia™ neo. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Sony's award-winning Exmor R™ for mobile sensor enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared on an HD TV in your living room via the built in HDMI-connector.
Xperia™ neo builds on the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known with a unique shape that not only looks good, but is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the user's hand, especially when taking pictures.
Both smartphones will launch on the latest version of the Android™ platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available via the Android market. Xperia™ smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast uncompromised access to the Web with Adobe® Flash® Player to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo – Key features
• Exmor R™. Great stills and videos even in low light
• Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
• Built-in HDMI. Your stills and videos on HD TV
• More than 100,000 apps on Android Market
• Google™ services. At your service
The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo will be available in the following colours: Blue Gradient, Red and Silver.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro – Key features
• Touch phone with perfect slide-out keyboard and smart functions for fast messaging
• Synch your email and edit office documents on the go
• Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and Exmor R™ for mobile
• HDMI. Connect to an HD TV or a projector
• Google™ services and more than 100,000 apps on Android Market™
The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro will be available in the following colours: Black, Red, Silver
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo will be available globally in selected markets from end Q1 and Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro from end Q2.
For further information, images and videos visit www.sonyericsson.com/mwcnews

via Engadget (1), (2)

Jaroslav Stekl
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  • Moody

    "...as are the days where Sony Ericsson had only one Xperia-branded device."

    Huh?
    http://www.gsmarena.com/results.php3?sQuickSearch=yes&sName=xperia

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      What I meant was that SE had only 1 Android-powered Xperia device - updated the post to clarify that.
      Also, the search results on that site are inaccurate - they show Nokia, HTC, and even Apple phones, which obviously aren't Xperia devices.

      • Moody

        X10, X10 mini, X10 mini pro and X8 are all android devices. All four have been available for at least 8-10 months.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

          Right, but the X10 was the first of them. Thus, it was the only Xperia-branded Android-powered handset for some time.

      • Moody

        "Sony Ericsson Expands The Xperia Brand With Gingerbread-Powered Neo And Pro.

        The days where the Nexus S was the sole Android 2.3 smartphone are over, it seems – as are the days where Sony Ericsson had only one Android-powered Xperia-branded device."

        This implies that SE up until the announcement of Neo, Pro, Play and Arc only had one android device. So you are either wrong or need to clarify your statement.

  • benlad

    "Right, but the X10 was the first of them. Thus, it was the only Xperia-branded Android-powered handset for some time.". Nonsense!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      ...
      How is that nonsense? Check your facts, look up the date of the X10's announcement, and then report back. I trust you'll find that it was indeed the first Xperia-branded Android device.