In addition to the Xperia go, Sony Mobile has announced another water resistant phone this morning, the Xperia acro S (LT26w). This is a higher-end waterproof smartphone destined to be released globally during the third quarter. This is interesting as the ‘Xperia acro’ brand has only previously been used for its high-end waterproof phones in Japan. We imagine that Sony Mobile will use this brand for all of its global waterproof phones in the future.
The Xperia acro S has P55 and IP57 ratings for dust/water resistance. This means it is protected against “dust-limited to ingress (no harmful deposits) and the effects of water immersion between 15 cm and 1 m for 30 minutes.”
In terms of specifications, the Xperia acro S will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset with 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Adreno 220 GPU. There will also be a 4.3-inch (720 x 1280) scratch resistant mineral glass display supporting 10 finger multitouch, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage (11GB user accessible) and microSD memory card support.
It will have a 12.1MP rear camera capable of 1080p video recording and a 1.3MP rear camera capable of 720p video chat. The Xperia acro S has a 1910mAh embedded battery that should be good for 6 hours 40 mins of GSM talk time according to Sony. Other features include HDMI, NFC and PlayStation Certification.
The phone will be available in three colours (black, white and pink) and will launch globally with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during Q3 2012.
Xperia acro S Specifications
1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core Processor.
Adreno™ 220 GPU.
GPRS 850, 900, 1800, 1900
W-CDMA Band I, II, V and VIII
Internal phone storage 16 GB (up to 11 GB user-accessible memory).
1 GB RAM.
Memory card slot: microSD™, up to 32 GB.
4.3” Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® engine.
12.1 MP camera resolution.
16x digital zoom.
Pulsed LED photo flash.
1080p HD video recording.
Ambient light sensor.
IP55 and IP57 certification.
Launched on Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
TrackID™ music recognition.
Facebook inside Xperia™.
Sony Entertainment Network.
Sony channel in Play Shop.