updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu August 25, 2011
Sony Ericsson talks Xperia neo V, Android update
Sony Ericsson on Thursday announced details on a new upcoming smartphone, the Xperia neo V. At the same time, it will release the Android 2.3.4 operating system update for all 2011 Xperia smartphones in October. The update will also bring with it Facebook improvements, with a faster, easier and more intuitive interface.
Users will have the ability to share and discover apps and games with Facebook friends with the tighter integration in the Xperia V2 app. The Android update will give users the same video chat inside Google Talk as other 2.3.4 devices. A camera update brings the ability to capture 3D sweep panoramas and viewed in 3D on a 3D TV by connecting the phone over its HDMI output. Swipe text input is also part of the upgrade, and Xperia phones will get USB peripheral support, such as for a game controller, mouse, or keyboard. Screen captures, often difficult to get in Android, will be an option as well.
The Xperia neo V will ship with the Android 2.3.4 update and is due to arrive this fall in certain, unannounced markets. It includes a 3.7-inch, 480x854 display and processing power from a 1GHz Snapdragon. The five-megapixel camera has a 16x digital zoom, autofocus, face detection, an LED flash and geotagging, as well as 720p video capture.
The phone has 320MB of storage space but ships with a 2GB microSD card. One version will support 900MHz and 2,100MHz HSPA 3G networks and another a North America-friendly range of 850MHz, 1,900MHz, and 2,100MHz networks. Both get quad-band GPRS/EDGE.
The handset has Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, and an FM radio with RDS. The neo V will be available in white, blue and silver when it ships in tandem with 2.3.4, though the carriers and prices weren't given out.