Sony Ericsson today announced Xperia active, a compact smartphone targeting consumers with an active lifestyle. With a HVGA 3" touchscreen and running Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the phone packs a 5 megapixel camera with HD video functionality and a powerful 1 Ghz processor. The Xperia active is dust proof and water resistant and uniquely incorporates wet finger tracking, to ensure the phone works perfectly when either the screen or a user's fingers are wet. The active was announced in two flavors, supporting either quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz or quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 800/1900/2100 MHz.
It's even water resistant and the phone can be kept under 1 m of water for 30 mins. It comes with one extra exchangeable soft touch back cover, detachable ear hooks for the portable handsfree active headset, wrist strap to keep the phone close at all times, an arm case for use during a workout and a rather small 2 GB memory card to save all special moments.
The phone comes pre-loaded with sports apps that enable consumers to easily track their fitness levels. Users can set their ideal training route using the built-in GPS, Barometer and Compass. On-screen heart rate and pulse can be monitored in realtime (enabled by ANT+ wireless networking technology), while the iMapMyFitness app can monitor day to day performance. Additionally, Facebook inside Xperia allows consumers to share their progress and experiences with friends.
Sony Ericsson Xperia active will be available globally in selected markets from Q3-2011.
Cheers ~ Arne