Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia Neo V and Android update


Latest addition to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia range will be one of the first handsets to feature the latest upgrade to the Android Gingerbread platform

Sony Ericsson has announced the Xperia Neo V – the latest handset to be added to its Xperia handset portfolio.

The Neo V runs off the Android 2.3.4 version of the Gingerbread platform and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It comes with a 3.7-inch scratch resistent touchscreen with Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine, along with a five-megapixel autofocus camera with HD video recording and 16x digital zoom, front facing camera for video chat and HDMI support.

The Neo V will come bundled with a 2GB microSD card, with support for up to 32GB with a different microSD card. It will be available in white, blue and silver and goes on sale in selected markets in Q4.

It will also be one of the first new products to launch with the Android 2.3.4 update for Sony Ericsson, which will be available in selected markets through a phased roll out starting from October. Consumers with 2011 Xperia smartphones will also benefit from the update.

The upgrade includes Google Talk and Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras and 3D sweep panorama functionality so images can be captured and then viewed in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.

Sony Ericsson said users can turn their Xperia smartphone into a mini-mobile PC by connecting USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard or game controller) to a Sony Ericsson LiveDock multimedia station. Users can also input text by swiping their finger from one letter to the next as well as being able to share a screen grab from anywhere in the phone.

Sony Ericsson head of product marketing Nikolaus Scheurer said: “With this software upgrade, we are bringing a wealth of new and really entertaining experiences to all our 2011 Xperia smartphones, including those already in consumers’ hands today. Our users will get to enjoy new features from Google, an even richer Facebook integration, and enhanced camera functionality from Sony.”