Sony Ericsson's local Xperia lineup will get expanded next week with the release of the Xperia Ray, joining the existing Play, Neo and Arc models. Next cab off the rank for Xperia down under? Potentially the Mini Pro.
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Kmart is full of cheap Android phones right now. As well as the $79 Motorola Flipout we mentioned last week, there's also a $99 deal on a Telstra-locked Xperia Mini X10 Pro. That same deal appeared at JB Hi-Fi earlier in the year; it's a bit more than the Flipout, but you do get Android 2.1 and a more conventional form factor.
When Sony Ericsson released the Xperia Play earlier this year, it said that the long delays seen with rolling out Android updates seen with the X10 were a thing of the past and that it would ensure new models carried the most current version. It appears to be sticking with that resolution, with the soon-to-be-launched Xperia neo shipping with Android 2.3.3.
While the general availability date for the Xperia Play is June 8, Telstra has announced it will have limited stock in its own stores from June 3. More notable than that: the outright buy price of $960.
We got to play with PlayStation-controller-equipped, Android-toting Xperia Play quite a while ago, but local release details for the phone were sketchy at the time. Now we have a launch date -- June 8 -- for two networks: Optus and Telstra. What about Vodafone?
In my review of the Xperia Play last week, I mentioned that Mark from our sibling gaming site Kotaku was not at all keen on the device. Given that the Xperia Play represents a relatively rare moment when the subject matter for Kotaku and Lifehacker collide, we figured it was worth going head-to-head to discuss the merits of what happens when an Android phone meets a Sony controller. Here's what went down.
Sony Ericsson has copped a fair bit of flak in the past for not making Android updates for its phones readily available, but the company says it will work harder on that for the future. Indeed, over the weekend it announced an update to Android 2.3 for the X10, despite earlier claiming that technical issues would make that impossible.
Sony Ericsson sent out an announcement this morning proclaiming that its X10, X10 mini and x10 mini pro handsets are all getting an over-the-air upgrade to a newer Android version, as well as some manufacturer enhancements you can download for yourself. That sounds great, but as always the devil is in the detail.
We told you how you could buy the Android-bearing, keyboard-toting Xperia X10 Mini Pro from Sony Ericsson outright for $629 earlier this month. If you'd rather get it on contract, Vodafone has slightly sweetened its existing 24-month caps by offering a free 1GB of data a month for the first year for customers who sign up for the phone.