Sony's rugged Xperia Go launches

Tough-phones aren't usually known for their looks, but the Sony Xperia Go does a decent impression of an average Xperia handset, but still offers up that hardened exterior.

Newly-launched by Sony, the Go looks to be a decent mid-range smartphone, with features likes the 3.5-inch Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA for 'razor sharp' clarity, a five-megapixel fast capture camera that goes from sleep to snap in just over a second, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the OS, which will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) soon after it becomes available, or even before it hits the shelves.

But that's only half the story. This is a tough-phone, designed to stay safe from both normal (and perhaps abnormal) hazards. That's via a scratch resistant mineral glass display with wet finger tracking (ideal for beside the pool) and the highest level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone – an IP67 Rating to be precise. If that's the kind of protection you need, you can get it here without sacrificing too much of the functionality.

No word on price as yet, but Sony has confirmed that the phone will hit the UK around late summer in a choice of colours – black, white or yellow.

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