Featuring a scratch resistant mineral glass 3.5-inch Reality Display (480×320 pixels, 166ppi) powered by Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine, the Sony Xperia go offers a unique combination of stylish design and rugged performance.
The device has an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67 which means that it is completely sealed against dust coming into the device and is able to withstand being submerged in liquids up to 1 metre in depth for a period of 30 minutes.
Other specs: 1Ghz dual-core ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 Cortex A9 processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB of on board storage. There’s 5MP rear camera with 720p video that despite having a dedicated physical camera buttons, support Sony’s Fast Capture feature allowing users to take a picture from sleep-to-snap in under 2 seconds. Battery capacity is average at 1,305mAh. At launch, the device will run Android 2.3 but its upgradable to 4.0 though Sony has not set a date for when the ICS update will happen.
Sony says that the Xperia Go will be available in Malaysia in Q3 of this year. No word on pricing just yet and if Sony gets the price right, we have a feeling that this device will be a hot seller. Colours available in Malaysia – black, white and yellow.
What do we think
There’s really a lot going for the Xperia go. The Performance from the 1Ghz dual-core NovaThor processor is snappy and the camera takes good pictures and videos too. We like that the device is tough as nails but doesn’t look like a tank. On top of that the build quality is everything you’d expect from a Sony device – solid.
We don’t like that the screen resolution is a measly 480×320 though. With a 3.5-inch screen, that gives pixel density of just 166ppi, which is rather low for today’s standard. Still, we’d recommend the Xperia go for users who are hard on their devices. The kind of people who work outdoors a lot or those who take their phones with them to mountain bike or hike but don’t really want to worry about carrying a fragile device.
With the Xperia go, you don’t have to worry about cases or screen protectors as well. The device takes care of itself so that you can get on with taking pictures or tweeting while you’re roughing it out. We like that we can do this with the Xperia go and the fact that there are not many phones in the market (the only other one is the Motorola Defy XT) that can do what the Xperia go can is a plus too. On top of that you get the sleek design, the great build quality and the snappy performance to ease things along.
If you’re looking for a device that withstand the elements with performance to boot, we highly recommend you give the Xperia go a look.
Lots more stuff on the Sony Xperia go coming up shortly. In the meantime, check out our hands-on video right after the jump.
We’re blogging live from Sony’s launch of 6 new Xperia phones that consists of Sony Xperia ion, Sony Xperia acro S, Sony Xperia go, Sony Xperia miro, Sony Xperia tipo & Sony Xperia neo L . The 6 are announced for this region of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia but unfortunately the rugged and sleek Sony Xperia acro S will not be coming here.
Let’s talk a little bit of the new devices. Starting with the Sony Xperia ion which was first announced as an LTE device early this year and now it is available in HSPA version for the rest of the world. In terms of specs, it features Sony Xperia S like specifications with dual core 1.5GHz processor but comes with a larger 4.6″ HD Reality Display. You’ll also get a Fast Capture 12.1 MP camera that lets you take a photo from sleep to snap in less than 2 seconds.
Next is the Sony Xperia neo L which is a 4″ entry-mid level Ice Cream Sandwich device running on single core 1GHz processor. Initially launched for the Chinese market, this is Sony’s first Android 4.0 device and in terms of design, it looks like a Sony Xperia Play without the slide out gamepad console.
The next 2 devices are the recently announced Xperia tipo and miro which are basically entry level devices. Both are running on a single core 800MHz processor and boast a longer battery life of more than 24 hours of standard usage, thanks to its 1,500mAh battery which is generous for this class. The miro features a unique illumination light. In terms of display sizes, the miro comes with a 3.5″ display while the tipo has a smaller 3.2″ with both supporting HVGA resolution of 480×320. The Xperia tipo comes with a dual-sim version as well, which is a first for Sony.
The final 2 models are the rugged and water resistant models of Sony Xperia go and Sony Xperia acro S. The Xperia go runs on Sony’s Novathor dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Being a successor of the Xperia active, it also features the same rugged IP67 rating and the 3.5″ HVGA touch screen features wet finger tracking.
The Xperia acro S features similar Xperia S specs including the same 4.3″ TFT display with 12.1MP camera. In terms of juice, the acro S has a bigger battery at 1,910mAh. In terms of water and dust resistance, the acro S is rated at IP55/IP57.
Unfortunately we won’t be seeing this device officially on our shores soon. UPDATE: Ola Lilja Molen, Head of SEA Markets for Sony Mobile confirms that the Xperia acro S will be coming to Malaysia. Date TBD.
In terms of availability, the 6 devices are slated to be released in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia sometime Q3 2012.
Watch this space as we update more details of the devices including hands-on and first impressions.
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LG Malaysia is said to be bringing the LG Optimus L5 into Malaysia in July with the price tag of just RM719. The Optimus L5 is the middle model of the L-Series that’s more designer centric.
The Optimus L5 runs on a single core 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM with 4GB of storage that’s expandable with microSD. Over at the front you’ll get a rather generous 4.0″ TFT LCD display but with HVGA resolution of 480×320. That gives a pixel density of about 144 ppi. You’ll also get a 5.0MP camera at the back which only shoots VGA videos and it is powered by a 1,540mAh battery. For those looking for the latest, it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
For this price tag and features, the LG Optimus L5 is going head on against other entry level ICS devices such as the HTC Desire C, Sony Xperia tipo and Sony Xperia miro. The other models of the L series – Optimus L3 and Optimus L7 was already announced at the price tag of RM499 and RM999 respectively.
Full specs of the Optimus L5 here and head after the break for more product photos.
Available from Brightstar, the Motorola RAZR MAXX retails for RM1,788 outright. The RAZR MAXX adds a whopping 3,300mAh battery to everything that’s good about the Motorola RAZR – 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced 960×540 resolution (about 256ppi) display with Gorilla Glass. 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. 8MP rear camera with 1080p video and a 1.3MP front camera with 720p video.
The 3,300mAh battery gives the RAZR MAXX 21 hours of talktime and 15 hours of continuous video playback or two and half days of continuous music playback. To accommodate the battery, the RAZR MAXX is slightly thicker at 8.99mm compared to the RAZR’s svelte 7.1mm body.
With the large battery, a decent screen, spectacular call quality and snappy performance wrapped in that sleek RAZR design and sexy Kevlar backplate, the RAZR MAXX has a lot going for it and very little against and if battery performance is a big deal for you, this device is definitely worth a look, there’s really nothing else in the market.
Thanks @baliriot for the TwitPic.
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