Sony Ericsson launches Xperia Pro and Neo

Certainly overshadowed by the launch of the Xperia Play, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and Neo smartphones still have much to offer for lovers and media and networking.

Both benefit from the Android Gingerbread (2.3) operating system and presumably, Sony Ericsson's ability to keep the operating system separate from the interface, as is the case with the recently-launched Xperia Arc. Both phones also feature Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine for super-sharp imagery and Sony's award-winning Exmor R for mobile sensor for capturing 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.

The Pro is the messaging workhorse, with an ergonomically-designed slide-out keyboard and functions to aid messaging addicts, including Type & Send functionality, which eliminates the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message, along with Smart Keyboard, which triggers predictive messaging actions automatically when you slide out the keyboard.

It's also geared for business too (the 'Pro' but), pre-loaded with a set of professional functions such as syncing your email, calendar and contacts in a secure way, plus Office Suite Pro, so you can view and edit office documents directly on the phone. Notable hardware features include an 8.1-megapixel camera and a 1GHz Qualcomm processor. Choose from black, red and silver when it lands.

The Xperia Neo is apparently ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in your hand, especially when taking pictures. Like the Pro, it has a 3.7-inch screen, plus a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, an 8-megapixel camera and HD video capture plus a front-facing camera for video calling. Think of it as more of a media phone. 'Blue Gradient', red and silver are the colour options. It's likely to launch ahead of the Pro, probably in the next few weeks. The Pro should be here in the summer.

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