Sony announces the Xperia Go and Xperia acro S Android smartphones
1 June 2012 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Sony this week announced two new water and dust resistant Android smartphones. The Xperia Go is a 3.5 inch touch screen model with IP67 certification and the Sony Xperia Acro S is a 4.3 inch model with a IP55 and IP57 certification
The Sony Xperia Go and Xperia Acro S are two new phone models which are aimed at those looking for a rough handset without compromising design and functionality. These are not the first Android smartphones which can be used on the beach without worrying that sand or humidity will destroy the phone. The older Xperia Active is IP67 certified as well. Some of the competitors are the Samsung Galaxy Xcover which also has a IP67 certification and the Motorola Defy Plus. It is definitely a market for these type of phones and since most people want more functionality than feature phones can offer, manufacturers are making touchscreen smartphones running Android which are IP certified.
IP certified smartphones are traditionally small in size but the Xperia Acro S announced today has a large 4.3 inch touch display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. The Xperia Go has a 3.5 inch display with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution. Both displays are of the TFT type with scratch-resistant glass. The display on the Xperia Acro S is also shatter proof.
The first of the two digits following the IP characters tells us that the Xperia Go is
which is the highest degree of protection against dust. The second number (7) is for liquid protection. Seven means that the smartphone is
Strangely enough, the Xperia Go is shipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread which seems odd now that Sony has managed to release an Android 4.0 update to most of its older Xperia smartphones.
Xperia Acro S is rated with IP55 and IP57. Again, the first number indicated level of dust protection. Level 5 is one level below 6.
The liquid ingress protection level 5 and 7 means that the Xperia Acro S passes the water jet test and immersion test:
Sony Xperia Go highlights
Sony Xperia Acro S highlights
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