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Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro Successor Leaked

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Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro Successor Leaked

When we looked at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro last year what impressed us most was how much had been packed into such a small device – and its successor has now been spotted in the wild.

The images of the new phone from Sony Ericsson purporting to be the successor to the X10 Mini Pro have been leaked by a Chinese website and show a device which looks an awful lot like its predecessor. Keeping the same slide-out landscape keyboard, the device, codenamed Mango, will be running Android Gingerbread (2.3). This at least will be one improvement over the current version, which runs Android 2.1 or Eclair.

Whether this phone will be able to offer anything radically different besides the software upgrade is unclear. Considering that Sony Ericsson has kept faith with the small form factor and sliding keyboard, it will need to give customers something more to entice them to update their current phone or to chose this over the huge amount of other budget Android smartphones currently on the market.

There is no specific word from Sony Ericsson yet on when or even if this unit will be coming to stores near you but we'll keep you updated when we get more on this.

Source: Phandroid

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LetsGo

April 4, 2011, 4:45 pm

@TR " Keeping the same slide-out landscape keyboard, the device, codenamed Mango, will be running Android Gingerbread (2.3). This at least will be one improvement over the current version, which runs the now outdated Android 1.6 or Donut."

Mini pros have had the 2.1 Eclair update for a while.

David Gilbert

April 4, 2011, 4:51 pm

@LetsGo Thanks for that. I had checked a couple of retailers websites to see what version they were advertising the X10 Mini Pro as having and they said 1.6.

Jay4d0

April 4, 2011, 7:32 pm

looks good, these smaller cheaper smartphone will only become more and more popular, as the ZTE blade demonstrated, a phone is defined by its OS more than its hardware, esp as better hardware becomes ever increasingly cheaper, it becomes harder to even contemplate spending £450+ on a phone

I would predict apple have relised this, there have already been rumors of a cheaper iphone, which if it can match the cheaper android phones (ie comes with wifi and 3G, can use apps, and some storage for photos music) will go along way to negate the swing away from expensive android phones to the cheaper same OS phones.

I guess it could also tie in with the rumored delay of the iphone, apple may be looking to line up the iphone to the announcement of the ipods, everyone knows that the future of mp3 players is in mobile phones and it makes complete sense that apple will want a significant share of that market, therefore people who would have bought either an ipod nano or touch may very liekly look at something all-in-one like the ZTE skate/blade/ SE X10 minis both sub £200 mobile phones plenty of space for music and you get plenty of apps from the android market to boot,
therefore if they choose the very capable android phone over an ipod then apple have lost out, therefore apple needs to plug that gap, (though I admit I have no idea how apple could do it, you certainly could never cut the hardware down lower than a 3GS, wifi/3G/GPS/and local storage are all required to make a phone even relevent in the market)

well it makes sense to me

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