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Sony Announces the New Xperia Go Smartphone

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If, like us, you thought earlier on in the year that Sony would be “doing a HTC” and focussing on three key Android phones, you’d be wrong.

The company launched the Xperia S, U and P initially, but shortly followed them up with the Xperia Sola. The Japanese tech giant has now unleashed a fifth phone in the Xperia NXT series, and unlike the Xperia Sola, this one will definitely be coming to the UK.

The Xperia Go is a dinky little smartphone aimed squarely at the pay and go market, and perhaps those on a budget too. It features many of the design aspects of the Xperia S, although rather than having a squared-off flat bottom half, the case curves downwards and away from the screen, leaving the screen area to appear raised.

Sony has again employed its fantastic Bravia engine for the ‘Reality Display’ screen, which is 3.5-inches in size (the same size as an iPhone). Beneath the screen are the standard 3 touch buttons that you’ll find on all other Xperia NXT phones: Back, Home and Menu.

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is the operating system of choice at launch for the Xperia Go, although Sony has clearly outlined its plans to update it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later in the year. A capable 1GHz dual-core processor powers the phone, with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear.

The Xperia Go has an IP67 certification, which makes it a very tough phone indeed. It’s waterproof and dustproof, as well as having a sheet of scratchproof glass over the screen to protect it.

Sony hasn’t revealed a price for the Xperia Go just yet, but as soon as it does we’ll let you know. It will be available worldwide in black, white and yellow sometime between July and September.

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