Sony Ericsson Xperia active in US for $340 without a contract

Sony Ericsson Xperia active in US for $340 without a contract

The Sony Ericsson Xperia active is now available in US, from Newegg, for $340 with no contract involved.

Xperia active carries a Scorpion 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of internal memory from which 320 MB are available for user. It also brings a scratch-resistant LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen with 320×480 resolution, accelerometer, proximity, compass, and touch sensitive controls.

Alongside the 5MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, check quality, geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization that can also record in 720p, the Xperia active offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1, microUSB v2.0 and a 3G radio compatible with AT&T’s network. Of course, we shouldn’t forget to mention that it runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread and that it has a planned upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

It may not seem mind blowing, but if you are looking for an average handset, resistant to water and dust, which has some decent features, the Sony Ericsson Xperia active might be the best thing for you. The good part is that even though you pay $340, there is no contract involved.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia may receive Ice Cream Sandwich in January 2012

Sony Ericsson Xperia may receive Ice Cream Sandwich in January 2012

The beginning of 2012 may come with good news for all the Sony Ericsson Xperia users, as it is said that Ice Cream Sandwich should arrive the first week of January 2012.

Xperia active, arc, arc S, mini, mini pro, neo V, neo, pro, Play, Xperia ray and Live with Walkman may enjoy the Ice Cream Sandwich update sooner than expected.

Although the Facebook post from Sony Ericsson Italy was telling us that the update should arrive around March 2012, now, a Sony employee tweeted that we might receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich three months earlier, in the first week of January 2012. The nice part of all this is that we’ll find out for sure if this is true in a month from now. So we don’t have to wait so long.

However, Xperia arc and Ice Cream Sandwich firmware has been submitted for certification. Which means we might actually see the Ice Cream Sandwich update quite soon.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD on its way

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD on its way

Ladies and gentlemen, a brand new handset is about to arrive in town!

We don’t know when or how but we have two possibilities: we may take a first look at this baby at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (around 1st of March 2012) or Sony might show it to us from the floor of CES in Las Vegas. Now, this might be a way for the company to draw some attention and sign with local carriers, if we think about the small smartphone market share Sony Erricson has in the U.S.

Apparently, the new handset, which is inspired by the Xperia Arc launched this year, will have a 720p screen with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and a full HD video recording support, which makes us think a dual-core processor is involved. Therefore, we are about to see improvements concerning display and video and maybe all happening at higher speed. A new feature will be the possibility to take a photo during video recordings.