We’ve been trying ou the new Sony XperiaTM neo the third handset in the 2011 Xperia range, which was shown to the public in the last edition of the Mobile World Congress and comes with an Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
The Sony XperiaTM neo phone we tried came with Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread as standard, although the 2.3.3 version update should be available with Facebook inside Xperia, which is almost identical to the system we found on the Sony XperiaTM arc.
The Sony XperiaTM neo strongly reminds us of the shape of the old Sony Xperia Vivaz, although the screen is larger, thicker and, in my view, more attractive. While the Sony Xperia Vivaz had a 3.2 inch screen, the Sony XperiaTM neo comes with a Reality Display 3.7 inch screen and FWVGA (854x480px) resolution with the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine which gives it great contrast and really bright colors, which is really handy when watching videos.
The Reality Display screen on the Sony XperiaTM neo, in case you don’t remember, comes with a high density of pixels per inch which makes, in fact, the pixels disappear, giving an incredible image quality which only a few mobile phones can match, and this is not a joke!
The Sony XperiaTM neo comes with, just like the rest of the 2011 XperiaTM family, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 (Snapdragon) processor and the GPU Adreno 205 as well as 512MB of RAM.
Before I got the phone, I thought that the internal memory would only come with 320MB, including the operating system, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Sony XperiaTM neo comes with 320MB internal memory for app installation (and it is more than enough) plus microSDHC card support up to 32GB.
Just like the Xperia TM arc, the Sony XperiaTM neo comes with a great 8.1MP camera with auto focus, LED flash, an Exmor R sensor and HD quality recording capabilities up to 720p. As if that were not enough, it also comes with image & video stabilizer (like the old Sony Xperia Cybershot range), smile and face detection, and intelligent focus when recording on video.
The face focus on Sony XperiaTM neo is the icing on the cake of one of the best mobile cameras we’ve tried, focusing as it does the faces it finds while recording on video so as not to loose any quality even for a second. Equally, it also comes with a Tango, or the new Skype, equipped VGAfrontal camera for video calls .
In theory, the new Sony XperiaTM neo has about 400 hours of battery life on hold, and 7 hours for conversation, thanks to its 1500mAh battery, but like most phones with tactile screens and continuous internet connection, you’ll get about 24 hours of battery life under “normal” use.
I would personally love to get my hands on the Sony XperiaTM neo because of its ergonomics, design, and operative system, wich, although it makes the XperiaTM arc a bit smaller and thicker, it does also gain a VGA camera and it is comfortable to use.
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