Jumping on the increasingly popular trend of smartphones for active lifestyles, Sony has introduced two new durable and waterproof handsets. Interestingly, although it is rugged, it doesn’t mean bad design this time. The two Android-powered handsets are svelte and streamlined but feature extra protection like scratch-resistant displays and wet finger tracking.
The Xperia Go offers the highest level of dust and water resistance available on a smartphone (protected against dust and immersion in up to 1 m of water for 30 minutes) while the Xperia acro S comes with IP55 and IP57 Ratings for dust and water resistance (protection against dust-limited to ingress (no harmful deposits) and the effects of immersion up to 1 m for 30 minutes).
The party-friendly smartphones are not lacking in features either. The Xperia go comes with a 3.5” “Reality Display,” a 5MP camera, a 1GHz dual-core processor, Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services and Android 2.3 (upgradable to Android 4.0).
The higher-spec’d Xperia acro S has a 4.3” 720p HD Reality Display, a 12MP camera with full 1080p HD video recording and 720p HD front camera, and a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor. The Xperia acro S is also PlayStation Certified and ships with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Pricing has not been announced.