Toughphones are getting smarter and in many cases, smartphones are getting tougher (unless you own an iPhone) and with this, Sony has just announced a new device that fits neatly in the middle of it all. The Sony Xperia Go is the latest handset to grace the Sony’s 2012 lineup.
The Xperia Go features IP67 certified levels of water and dust resistance, meaning it can shrug off being dropped in the sand at the beach, or a quick rinse under the tap without issue. Beyond this, the device itself looks good, free from the intrusive rubber port caps and seals usually associated with tough devices. The aesthetic falls more in line with the Xperia sola over the NXT family’s ‘human curvature’ design language and will be available in black, white and yellow at launch.
Specs wise, we’re treated to a feature set not that dissimilar from the one found in the Sony Xperia U. Internally a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM manage all the heavy lifting whilst users can store their music, movies and pictures on the 4GB of available user storage (expandable with up to a 32GB microSD card).
The 3.5-inch HVGA display which uses Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA engine technology to improve viewing performance is protected by a layer of scratch-resistant mineral glass which also allows for wet finger tracking. On the back you’re treated to a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capabilities and fast capture.
We’re told that when the Sony Xperia Go launched in the third quarter of 2012, it’ll unfortunately come running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but fear not, an ICS update is already on the cards. It’s also worth noting that US users will have to keep an eye out for the Xperia advance; same phone, different name.