MWC: SE shows two Androids


Sony Ericsson kicked off its Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona with a pre-show announcement of three new Android handsets.

All devices will launch in the UK and other markets in Q2 (between April and June).

The new handsets follow on the heels of its recently-announced Vivaz and Xperia X10, due in March, for its summer line-up; the former running off Symbian S60 and the latter off its UX own platform.

The Xperia X10 Mini is the size of a credit card, and runs all the same features and functions as the X10. It will be available in yellow, pink and white, as well as standard black.

The Xperia X10 Mini Pro, a kind of cross of the other two handsets announced, is the same size as the Mini and features a QWERTY keypad.

The Vivaz Pro is an update of the Vivaz and incorporates a sliding QWERTY keyboard, and sundry other features as the original. It will be pitched across consumer and business segments.

Prices and network carries are to be confirmed closer Q2 launches.

All devices will be subject to software updates in the year following their releases, confirmed Sony Ericsson corporate vice president and head of marketing Leonard Hoornik.

Hoornik said: “We have always been good at creating new experiences. Internally, we call them (these three new devices, plus the recently-announced duo) the fabulous five.”

President Bert Nordberg said: “The Xperias and Vivazs have been well received by our customers and we are now adding three new devices to those families.”