Sony has unveiled the Xperia go. This is the latest tough phone entry to the Xperia range, taking over from the Sony Xperia Active. It'll be available in the third quarter of this year.
The Sony Xperia go is one of the most attractive toughie phones yet. Looking like a slightly curvier Xperia U, and just 9.8mm thick, it hasn't to throw away all notions of beauty to get tough and waterproof. It's certified to the IP67 standard, which means it's completely immune to dust and can stand being immersed in water.
The phone has a 3.5in display bearing the BRAVIA branding seen in other recent Xperia phones. However, the resolution is a little disappointing at just 320 x 480 pixels - even the budget Orange San Francisco 2 beats it in this respect. As a "tough" phone, the glass fronting the screen is, naturally, scratch-resistant.
Powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, the Sony Xperia go isn't terrifyingly powerful, but has enough grunt for virtually all apps and games. On its back is a 5MP camera with autofocus and an LED flash. It will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but is slated for an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. It's getting a bit late to be releasing phones with this now-out-of-date software, but we'll forgive Sony this once.
A phone with an eye on sporty folk, the Sony Xperia go comes pre-installed with the FigureRunning, miCoach and Walk Mate exercise apps aboard its 8GB of internal memory. Sporty as it may be, with a glass-fronted screen we still wouldn't recommend dropping the thing. However, Sony claims the phone will still be able to track your finger in the rain - most capacitive screens just go a bit mad - which will definitely come in handy for runners.
The Sony Xperia go comes in black, white and yellow finishes and will be available by September 2012.