Sony Ericsson has inadvertently leaked a new smartphone in its Android Xperia range. The Xperia acro is making an appearance on SE’s PC Companion software tool in Japan. The Xperia acro is said to be very similar to the Xperia arc but will address some shortcomings that are important to the Japanese market. Think of the acro as a slightly fatter Xperia arc, with NFC capability, TV Tuner and infrared (more important than Bluetooth for most Japanese).
Two different versions of the Xperia acro are flagged, the SO-02C which is the GSM version likely to be carried by NTT DoCoMo and the IS11S, which will be carried by KDDI’s CDMA network. The hardware will be near identical to the Xperia arc apart from the above changes. This includes a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon, 4.2-inch display and 8.1MP Exmor R camera. The handset is expected to launch between May/June this year.