Though these were all announced last night, we took the time have a closer look at Sony Ericsson’s latest additions to the Xperia range: The Xperia Play, Xperia Neo and the Xperia Pro.
All three phones will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread from launch and feature the latest version of the Xperia UI.
The Xperia Play and Xperia Neo are due out in the spring/early summer of this year, with the Xperia Pro to follow later.
Yes, those circular pads in the middle are analog controls. They seem to work better for some titles, whereas others, like Bruce Lee pictured above, work better with the D-pad. Didn’t stop us getting our arse kicked by the computer though.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is thinner that we’d originally thought. It’s a nice fit, with the size being just about right for playing games that require the slide out controls on. The buttons depress nicely and have a reassuring solid feel.
The back of the Xperia Play, showing off the L and R shoulder buttons, volume rocker in the middle, and the camera on the right. The camera lens is positioned in such a way that you shouldn’t cover it with your middle finger (and smear the lens cover) when you hold the phone in landscape mode for gaming.
This is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo. It’s got an 8-megapixel camera which features Sony Ericsson’s Exmor R technology. This allows you to take better pictures in the dark, with or without the aid of the flash.
The back of the rather shiny Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo. Unlike old Keanu out of the Matrix, this Neo will come in a range of colours including, blue, red and silver.
There’s the mini-HDMI port, headphone jack, and USB port.
The HDMI connection means you’ll be able to show off your greatest photos, or watch videos on your TV at home.
The Xperia Pro has a slide-out keyboard, similar to the Xperia Play, replacing PlayStation controls with a more serious keyboard lay-out.
No news so far on any UK networks set to offer it.
The Xperia Pro has similar specifications to the Xperia Neo, but the keyboard does add to the size of the phone. In the hand it felt ever-so-slightly heavier than the Neo.
The Xperia Pro has Sony’s Exmor R imaging technology, coupled to an eight-megapixel camera and f/2.4 lens. Oh, and the whole phone is very shiny.
To highlight the gaming credentials of the Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson hired a cast of characters from the gaming world to show up. Here’s Altair from Assassin’s Creed.
And on our way out we bumped into Spidey, who happened to be hanging around. Is this Mobile World Congress or Comic-Con?