Unveiled a few weeks ago next to the more technically impressive acro S, the mid-range (or low-end?) Sony Xperia Go has just gotten FCC’s approval, and is therefore on its way to a US release. We still don’t know when exactly is the American launch supposed to happen or how will the 3.5-incher be priced, but if you’re interested in an affordable phone with some nice extra features, you should watch out for the Xperia Go.
As some of you might remember from that presentation video from a while ago, the Xperia Go (a.k.a. Advance, as it’s supposed to be called in the United States) will come with IP67 certification for the “highest level of dust and water resistance for smartphones”.
Unfortunately, the functionality and resilience of the Advance are not doubled by great tech specs, so we can’t imagine you’re waiting for the phone with that much excitement.
Furthermore, the FCC certification documents discovered by the guys over at Engadget mention GSM and EDGE connectivity, but also 900 MHz and 2,100 MHz HSPA support for 3G. The latter two bands are not supported by any US carriers at the time, so it’s safe to assume that we’ll be seeing the “international” version of the phone hit the market first. There’s also a good chance that this 3G-enabled handheld will be the only Xperia go model released after all, so you might understand why we’re saying this is not exactly a device to wait for.
If you need a refresher on the phone’s tech specs and features, let’s mention that it will be sporting a rather modest 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen with 480 x 320 pixels resolution and feature a dual-core 1 GHz NovaThor U8500 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of user available internal memory, a 5 MP rear-facing camera and a 1,305 mAh battery.
On top of it all, the Xperia go will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, which would be disappointing for a smartphone released right now, let alone for one that probably has a couple more months before seeing the light of day.
Are you in any way excited about Sony’s Xperia go? Do you hope to see it picked up by one or several US carriers soon? And finally, how much would you be willing to pay for the smartphone?