Sony’s pint-sized powerhouse, the Xperia Mini is getting a proportional helping of Ice Cream Sandwich in time for summer.
For those already reaping the benefits of this little droid wonder, things are about to get better, as word of its upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich have just arrived from Sony. Sony has been pretty consistent with its promise of ICS, as nearly the entire 2011 portfolio has been slated to be receiving the latest available build of Android. ICS will bring features like notification and app dismissal as well as UI improvements and likely battery life increases.
A number of the company’s 2011 portfolio have already made the jump to ICS, with the current 2012 flagship, the Xperia S, joining the ranks as we speak. As with the Xperia Active, users need to check their 8 digit SI or Sales Item (found under the battery) and cross-check that with a list published on Sony Mobile’s message board, found here.
The original release of the Mini saw a significant improvement over the previous X10 Mini, with Android Gingerbread, Sony’s Reality display, 5-megapixel camera, a Snapdragon processor and all in a device not vastly larger than a matchbox.
The Mini isn’t a phone for everyone, those with larger hands will find that 3-inch display just too small, even with the modified UI helping them along, but for those who’ve been after a pocketable handset that takes up next to no space and doesn’t cost the world for its miniturisation, then the Mini is the handset to choose and it’s even better with ICS.