Sony has unveiled the Xperia Go smartphone, yet another budget Android device aimed at the mid and lower-end markets that features rugged capabilities to help it withstand everyday life.
Despite not announcing pricing for the device its specifications strongly suggest it will retail at the lower end of the market, particularly as it will only run Android Gingerbread 2.3 on release. It will be upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.
The device has a 3.5in screen and a 5MP camera that can record HD video at 720p and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. To make it rugged Sony has used scratch resistant mineral glass to meet International Protection 67 ratings for dust and water immersion.
The device will come with 8GB internal storage with an expansion slot for a further possible 32GB as well as RAM of 512MB.
The device is likely to find itself up against phones such as the Lumia 610 which went on sale in the UK on Wednesday, priced at around £150 SIM-free. That device boasts similar functions to the Xperia Go such as a 5MP camera, but runs the Windows Phone Tango operating system.
V3 reviewed the 610 earlier this week and was impressed by the capabilities of the device, particularly as it only houses 256MB of RAM and has a single-core processor, but was disappointed that many key applications such as Angry Birds cannot run on these low specifications.
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.