Sony Ericsson showed off three new phones on Sunday evening’s sneak premiere on mobile exhibition Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The coolest ones are Xperia 10 mini and Xperia Mini Pro. The mini models was heavily applauded by the gathered press.

It is a return to the very small cell phones. “Smaller than a credit card,” as Sony Ericsson puts it.

The Xperia Mini 10 weighs 88 grams, and measures 83x50x16mm. It has turbo 3G and a 5 megapixel camera.

The idea is that the Xperia 10 mini is to be used with one hand. Or more precisely – with one thumb. The touch screen has four icons in each corner, which will guide you easily to music, email and other services. It is comfortable to hold, and is very precise and responsive to control with your thumb.

Sony Ericsson also showed a variant Xperia Mini Pro, with a retractable keyboard.


The keyboard which was tested, turned out to be very good to write on although there keys are small. Both of the new Xperia phones are based on Android operating system.

Sony Ericsson also launched a newer version of the mobile Vivaz, presented on 22 January. It is called Vivaz Pro and is also equipped with a retractable keyboard. “But it is still only 2 mm thick,” according to the presentation.


All three of these new phones will be launched during the second quarter of 2010. First up is Vivaz Pro coming “in a few months”. While the Xperia 10 mini-versions are likely to be released during this summer.

Here are some technical facts about the new phones:

Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro

  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™ –  brings together all communication in one place
  • Four corner control – applications, calls, web, the consumer decides. Four customisable icons for ultimate control
  • 5 megapixel camera and video – share creations via the web
  • Music player links to music stores and YouTube™ – access the world of music
  • Android platform  – with Google™ services and Android Market™
  • QWERTY keyboard – slide and text for quick and easy messaging (Xperia™ X10 mini pro only)

X10 mini and X10 mini pro supports HSPA 900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA 850/1900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

The X10 mini will be available in selected markets from Q2 in the colours Pearl White, Black, Pink, Lime, Red and Silver

The X10 mini pro will be available in selected markets from Q2 in the colours Black and Red.

Sony Ericsson is also introducing the Portable Stereo Speakers MS450, to deliver rich on-the-go sound and the Hi-Fi Headset MH810 with remote with superior audio and remote media and call handling.

Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro

Camera

  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Auto focus
  • Geo tagging
  • Photo and video light
  • Sony Ericsson Album application
  • Video recording

Music

  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Music player
  • PlayNow™
  • TrackID™

Web

  • Bookmarks
  • Pan and zoom
  • WebKit web browser

Communication

  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™ with…
  • Facebook™ status updates, friend’s photo,   inbox messages and friend requests
  • tweets, replies and direct messages from   people you follow on Twitter™
  • incoming text and picture messages
  • missed calls

Messaging

  • Email
  • Instant messaging
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotate
  • Full slide out keyboard (X10 mini pro only)
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touchscreen

Entertainment

  • Infinite button
  • Quadrapop game
  • Sony Ericsson FM radio
  • Video player
  • Video streaming

Organiser

  • Calendar
  • Flight mode
  • Phone book with dialer
  • Sony Ericsson Home with widget
  • Tasks

Location-based services

  • A-GPS
  • Google Maps™
  • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)

Connectivity

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • Micro USB connector
  • NeoReader® barcode scanning app
  • Sony Ericsson Sync
  • USB mass storage support
  • USB support
  • Wi-Fi™

Google™ Services

  • Android Market™
  • Gmail™
  • Google Maps™ with Street View
  • Google Search Widget
  • Google Talk™
  • Google Voice Search™**
  • YouTube™
  • ** The Google Voice Search service is not available in all markets

Screen

  • 16,777,216 colour TFT touchscreen
  • 2.55 inches
  • 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA)
  • Scratch-resistant

Accessories

  • In-Box:
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini/ Xperia™ X10 mini pro with battery
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 2GB microSD™ memory card
  • User documentation
  • Optional:
  • Portable Stereo Speakers MS450
  • Hi-Fi Headset with Remote MH810

Facts 1)2)

  • Xperia™ X10 mini:
  • Size: 83 x 50 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 88 grams
  • Phone memory: Up to 128MB
  • Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
  • Memory card included: 2GB
  • Operating system: Google™ Android 1.6
  • Processor: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227
  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hours
  • Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 285hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 3.5 hours
  • Standby time: UMTS: Up to 360 hrs
  • Xperia™ X10 mini pro:
  • Size: 90 x 52 x 17 mm
  • Weight: 120 grams
  • Phone memory: Up to 128MB
  • Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
  • Memory card included: 2GB
  • Operating system: Google™ Android 1.6
  • Processor: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227
  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hours
  • Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 285hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 3.5 hours
  • Standby time: UMTS: Up to 360 hrs

Availability and versions

  • Networks
  • UMTS HSPA 900/2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Available in selected markets in Q2 2010

Colour

  • Xperia™ X10 mini:
  • Black
  • Pearl White
  • Lime
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Silver
  • Xperia™ X10 mini pro:
  • Black
  • Red