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 â€“ 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.