Strong on style and photos

SONY ERICSSON’S latest Xperia smartphone, the Neo, is a little bit hard to place because both in price and specifications it falls somewhere in the middle of the range.

By Magnus Nystedt

Published: Sat 23 Jul 2011, 9:39 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:02 AM

It’s stylish enough to appeal to a wide audience, coming in either silver, blue or red glossy plastic with silver-color trim. The 3.7-inch 480x854 capacitive touchscreen is bright and crisp and will satisfy even more discerning users. Partnered with Sony’s Bravia technology, the phone is a great way to enjoy photos and video, also on a HDTV via the HDMI-out connection.

The 1GHz processor keeps things running at a good pace and touching the display does not result in any noticeable delays. Android 2.3 is installed so you get the latest of all the Android functionality. I think Sony Ericsson skimped a bit on memory though as there is only 320MB built in, but you can of course expand with a microSD card up to an additional 32GB (you get an 8GB in the box).

Where the Neo stands out is in picture and video quality, which is excellent for the class. There’s an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, which produces very good looking photographs, even in conditions typically tough for a smartphone. This is presumably in large part due to Sony’s Exmor R lens, borrowed from its line of compact digital cameras. Also video looks great out of the Neo. It shoots 720p at 30fps with continuous autofocus and video light. Even better, the Neo has a dedicated camera button, something so often missing in today’s smartphones.

The Neo should officially arrive in our market within the next few weeks at an estimated price of Dh 1,800.

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