If you are looking for a low-cost Android smartphone off-contract with reasonable power under the hood, Sony may have you covered. Earlier today the company announced it is now offering the Sony Xperia Advance in the United States, unlocked for just $250.
What kind of hardware does the Sony Xperia Advance offer? The Advance is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor, a Mail-400 GPU and 512MB of RAM. Other specs include a 5MP camera, 8GB of storage, and a 3.5-inch WVGA display. Unfortunately, you are stuck with Android 2.3, though an update to ICS is eventually supposed to make its way to the device.
The Sony Xperia Advance should play nicely with any GSM carrier, though it should be noted that it will only support 2G speeds on T-Mobile. So should you even consider this phone? Honestly, that will depend on what you are looking for. If your main concern is raw power, the LG Nexus 4 is only $50 more and has considerably better hardware than this Sony handset. On the other hand, the Xperia Advance is known for its dust, water and scratch resistant technologies that result in an extremely durable design.
What do you think, interested in the Sony Xperia Advance or not?
Sony Mobile Communications Brings Its Water-Resistant Android Smartphone, Xperia™ advance, to the U.S.
o The highest level of dust and water resistance available on any Android smartphone*
o Stylish, sleek and durable smartphone made to withstand whatever life throws at it without compromising on design or functionality
o Reality Display for razor sharp clarity and fast capture camera to go from sleep to snap in just over a second
What: Sony Mobile Communications brings the Xperia advance to US consumerslooking for a full-featured Android smartphone and beautiful design with extra durability and water resistance. Xperia advance has a scratch-resistant display with wet finger tracking to offer functionality and protection against dust and water immersion.
As Sony’s most durable, water-resistant smartphone, the Xperia advance is built to handle life’s unexpected moments. It has a scratch-resistant mineral glass display and meets the IP67 ratings for protection against dust and water immersion** in depths between zero to 39 inches for up to 30 minutes. Xperia advance is a fit for Xperia fans who don’t want to worry about protecting their phones when caught in the rain.
With Xperia advance, consumers can watch the latest movies and TV shows in razor sharp quality and with fast performance.
This powerful device conceals its rugged nature in a slim and attractive design, and, at only .4 inches thick at its thinnest point, users can enjoy its lightweight feel and easily carry it in a pocket or bag among keys, change and other items with reduced susceptibility to marks or scratches. The Xperia advance’s sleek and stylish design means durable and water-resistant smartphones no longer have to look bulky and rugged.
Xperia advance features easy connectivity through DLNA® technology to share and enjoy content on a TV. It also comes preloaded with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network***, giving access to millions of songs, Hollywood blockbusters, and TV series.
*Based on smartphones available in the US as of October 29, 2012.
** An IP (Ingress Protection) rating of 67 means the device is dust tight and is protected against the effects of immersion in water in depths between 0 to 39 inches for up to 30 minutes. Despite your device’s resistance qualities, you should avoid exposing it to environments with excessive dust or moisture. Damage to your device, (even if through ordinary use) can limit or lessen resistance to dust or moisture. You should not submerge the mobile phone in water. The water resistance of the micro USB port and the headset connector is not guaranteed in all environment or conditions. All compatible accessories including batteries, chargers, hands-free devices, micro USB cables, microSD™ cards, and so on are not dust and water resistant on their own. Warranty does not cover damage or defects caused by abuse or improper use of your device.
***For Sony Unlimited services, a subscription is required and additional requirements, terms, and conditions, may apply. All apps require compatible wireless service connection and usage rates apply.
Pricing & availability:
The Xperia advance is available now at Newegg and other online retailers. For additional availability and pricing, please check with each retailer.
- · MSRP $299.99 (unlocked), in tactile black, pure white, or warm yellow
Xperia advance is compatible with the network bands below.
- · UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
- · GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Xperia™advance specifications Size: 4.3 x 2.3 x .4 inWeight: 3.92 ouncesScreen: 3.5” (diagonally)Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine®, 480 x 320 pixels, scratch-resistant mineral glass, wet-finger trackingCamera: 5MP camera, 16x digital zoom, LED Flash and autofocus, 720p HD video recordingPhone Memory: Up to 512 MB RAM, up to 8 GB internal memory (up to 4 GB user accessible memory)Operating System: Android™ 2.3, upgradeable to Android™ 4.0
Processor: 1GHz Dual Core
Connectivity: 3.5 mm audio jack, aGPS, Bluetooth™, DLNA® Certified, Wi-Fi®, USB Host
Features and applications described require a compatible Android phone and may require additional, compatible applications and services. Additional requirements, terms, conditions, and fees may apply.
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