Sony Ericsson XPERIA Mini Pro II Gets Snapped in All Its Beauty

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro II has surfaced once again, and thankfully, this time around, Mr. Blurrycam decided to stay at home. A Chinese website has published some gorgeous snaps of the successor to the Xperia Mini Pro. The Mini Pro II is no Arc, but it’s still quite a looker.

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While the Mini Pro will be a tad bigger than its predecessor, SE is still quite serious about the ‘Mini’ tag. Leaked specifications suggest that it will feature a 3.0 inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It’s expected to be powered by a capable 800 MHz Scorpion processor with Adreno 205 GPU. Considering SE’s recent trackrecord, it seems pretty obvious that it will sport Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) at launch. Other features include FM Radio, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, and expandable memory (up to 32 GB). Of course, the biggest attraction of this handset is its physical QWERTY keypad.

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Samsung has been making things tough for other manufacturers by launching attractive handsets like the Galaxy Ace at unbeatable prices. However, if the Mini Pro II is priced sensibly, Sony Ericsson might have a winner in its hands.

Winner of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

We recently held a contest for our Indian readers where we set out to giveaway a Free Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000 to one lucky person. We were certainly overwhelmed with the responses we got and were happy with the enthusiasm shown by our readers in the contest.

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Unfortunately, we could only pick one winner and that saddened us. However, don’t worry. Our 5th birthday is coming up soon and we will definitely have a and giveaway huge prizes to our readers.

Coming back to the contest, I want to personally thank the folks at India and their PR team including Vasundhara and Deepanshi to help us set up the contest and award a lucky winner with a free Xperia Arc.

We had a tough time picking the winner and did a random spin using random.org to pick the winner after using some criteria to sort out the best entries for the contest and picking all the users who had answered all three questions. And the winner is…

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Congrats Vikisha on winning yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. We hope you have fun with the phone and click a lot of photographs. So this is the end of the contest, but wait there is more. We are always in a generous mood. We will be giving away either a memory card (mobile) or a headset to the 5 people who came in between number 2 and 6. Isn’t that great Smile.

We will get in touch with the winners through email shortly. Have fun and stay tuned for our upcoming Birthday Bash, you will definitely not be disappointed about the prizes we will have in store for you then.

Sony Ericsson Announces Its First Android Powered Walkman Handset – W8

Before the advent of Android and iOS world dominance, Sony Ericsson was popular among the general users for its Walkman and Cybershot range of handsets.

When Android started gaining ground, Sony Ericsson started focusing on its Android powered handsets available the Xperia brand. The company still released some Walkman branded phones, but there were below par.

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Today, Sony Ericsson is going to change all that with the release of its first Android powered Walkman phone the W8. The W8 is similar to the Xperia X8, except for some fancy colors and the Walkman logo.

The W8 features a 3-inch touch-screen display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and packs 168MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 3.2MP camera.

Sadly, the W8 will run Android 2.1 Éclair which is downright disappointing! I highly doubt Sony Ericsson will treat this handset with some Froyo or Gingerbread love.   The specs of the handset are nothing to write home about, but hopefully the audio quality of the handset will make up for it.

The Sony Ericsson Walkman W8 will be available in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and some other regions of the world by Q2 of 2011, in a bunch of colors. Here is the official product page of the W8.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Arc And Neo Rooted!

It was just a few days ago, that Sony Ericsson released details on how to unlock the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo handsets boot loader.

Now, in just a matter of days the talented developers over at XDA forums have managed to get root access on all the above said handsets.

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The method to get root access is a pretty simple one Users first need to unlock their boot loader, and then flash some required files using fast boot. However, at the moment this method works only on the UK firmware of the Arc and the Play.

The developers behind gaining the root access Bin4ry and zdzihu are already working on rooting the global firmware.

Xperia Neo and Arc owners should head over to this thread, while Play owners should head over to this thread for the required steps and file.

Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will soon release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source for the the latest bunch of the Xperia handsets. This will help the developers in cooking custom ROMs for the Xperia Arc, Neo and Play.

Via – Xperia Blog

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Giveaway Contest

This contest is only open to residents of India.

Last week Sony Ericsson launched two new exciting phones in India. The two phones; Xperia Arc and Xperia Play are unique, have some great specifications and consist of some great features.  The best part is that they are both based on 2.3 .

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I have had the chance to play with both these devices and they are definitely worth the money, you can see a hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Arc and a hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Play along with reading the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play specifications. You will also find complete details of the phone at the official Sony Xperia Arc page and official Sony Xperia Play page.

Both these phones are priced at Rs. 32,000 in India, however, they are definitely worth the price considering the specifications they have and features they bring to the table. Now we know that you are excited about these devices and will be looking to buy one for yourself. However, we have some good news for all our Indian readers. Techie Buzz has collaborated with Sony Ericsson India to giveaway the Xperia Arc to one lucky person in India for free.

Yes, we are giving away a Xperia Arc to one lucky person thanks to Sony Ericsson India for answering some simple questions. The contest will run for a period of 7 days where we will ask you 3 questions and you have to answer them to win yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000.

So without further ado, here are the contest details (please read full contest details carefully at end of the post):

  1. We will ask you three questions on Friday, April 15, 2011; Sunday, April 17, 2011 and Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
  2. You will have to answer all the three simple questions to be a part of the contest.
  3. You will have to leave a comment on this post to confirm your participation.
  4. Tweet about this contest to your friends. Click here to tweet this to your Friends (tweet button also at top of this post).
  5. You may fulfill optional criteria to earn more goody points.

Xperia Arc Giveaway Questions

Question 1: Which two phones has Sony Ericsson launched in India last week? Name any two cool things about each of these new smartphones.

Please post your answer in the form embedded below. If you can’t access the form on the webpage, please go to this link.

Round 1 is now over, thanks for your responses. We will be putting up the second question for the Xperia Arc giveaway shortly. Stay Tuned.

The answer to the question was very simple. We won’t count it against you if you answered wrong though Winking smile.

Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY. Both are based on Android 2.3, Sony properties Exmor R and Mobile Bravia Engine, PLAY is first PlayStation certified phone; can also be related to other features such as camera resolution, gaming titles, ergonomics et al.

Question 2: What will you do with the all new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc?

Please use the form below to answer the question. Click here if you can’t view the form. As a hint take a look at the video to see what someone did with the Xperia Arc.

Question Number 2 has now been closed. Please answer question 3 below.

Question 3: What’s bigger technology, entertainment, applications, or experience?

Don’t forget to answer the last question of the giveaway. We will announce one lucky winner for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc on Thursday, April 21, 2011. We will stop accepting responses for the third question on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 at 11:59PM IST. And yes, you can also tweet to your friends that you are waiting for the price announcement by using the tweet link. Tweet that you are waiting for the prize announcement. Click here to tweet this to your Friends.

Contest has now ended. The Sony Xperia Arc is a great technology device which provides great entertainment, applications and a wonderful experience. Well, we know you want it all, so hold your breath till tomorrow, because that is when we announce the winner!

Optional Bonus Love

Since Sony Ericsson India and Techie Buzz are giving away the Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000, you can show us some love by performing some additional tasks which will earn you some more goodie points Smile.

These tasks are optional, but you can always earn more brownie points for this.

Full Contest Rules and Details

  • Contest will start on April 15, 2011 and end on April 20, 2011. No entries will be accepted after that.
  • Contest is ONLY open to residents of India. The phone will only be shipped to an address in India.
  • Contestants will have to complete all three questions in order to be eligible to be considered to win a Xperia Arc.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • In addition to completing the three questions users will have to leave a comment on this post to confirm their participation. Please use the same name and email you use to answer the questions for the comments too.
  • Winners will be notified on a post on Techie Buzz and through an email from us.
  • We will confirm the shipping dates and other details once the winner has been chosen.

Good luck to everyone, have great fun and hope you enjoy taking part in the contest.

P.S. In past competitions, we have seen some comments go into spam. If your comment does not show up within a few hours, please send us a note using our contact form and we will dig it out from there.

Sony Ericsson Unveils Bootloader Unlock Website for Xperia Phones

When it comes to Android phones, some are quite easy to unlock and mod, while some are quite a tough nut to crack. Thanks to the enterprising hackers at XDA and other forums, we have been able to hack into and mod most Android smartphones.

Rarely though has any manufacturer officially supported bootloader unlocking for its phones. Today, Sony Ericsson has launched its new bootloader unlocking website for its new Xperia phones powered by Android. Currently, it supports only 4 phones – Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo.

If you have a SIM unlocked phone, you can now unlock its bootloader to install and load custom ROMs easily. The bootloader unlock process is quite simple and involves just a few steps. Sony Ericsson does state though, that unlocking the bootloader may void the warranty of the phone.

To unlock the bootloader of your Xperia Arc / Play / Pro / Neo, you just need to enter your name and email address and the first 14 digits of your phone’s IMEI number. You will get an unlock key which you can then use to unlock the boot loader on your phone.

You can check out the complete instructions here –

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via Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Launch Delayed Until July

Sony Ericsson (Italy) have announced via their Facebook page that the launch of the Xperia Neo has been pushed back to July.

The reason behind the delay is due to all the havoc caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, from where Sony Ericsson’s sources its handsets part.

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Here is the official statement from Sony Ericsson over the Neo’s delay :

"Xperia Neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities," Sony Ericsson said."However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperia Neo’s broader launch and it is now planned for early third quarter."

Sony Ericsson announced a bunch of Xperia branded handsets at the MWC 2011 including the highly anticipated Xperia Play. The company launched the Xperia Play and the Arc in quite a few regions of the world, last week.

The Xperia Neo is already available in certain regions of the world, but in extremely limited quantities. Hopefully, the situation in Japan will improve sooner than later and normalcy of the supply chain will be restored.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc And Xperia Play Launched In India

Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson announced the Android powered Xperia Arc at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas and the much-awaited Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Both the handsets runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Xperia Play comes with a 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. On the other hand, Xperia Play is the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone. It features a 4 inch touchscreen display with slide-out gaming keyboard.

Both the handsets are already available from March-end at Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India. But today, the company officially launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Xperia Play at an event in Delhi, India. Check out the specs, after the break.

Pawan Chadha, Country Head India, Sony Ericsson, said At Sony Ericsson, our endeavour is to constantly enhance user experience. The launch of the Xperia arc and PLAY is an important development for the brand in India, and with Sony technologies incorporated into our portfolio, we aim to become game changers here. As social and digital media continue to change consumer experiences, our portfolio will complement this phenomenon, and take communication entertainment to the next level.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Specifications:

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  • 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Motion gaming
  • HDMI
  • DLNA
  • 512 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 8 GB Memory card
  • 1500mAh battery

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Specifications:

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  • 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display
  • 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Slide-out gaming keypad
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus
  • 400 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • A-GPS
  • 8 GB microSD card included
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Dedicated gaming keys
  • Motion gaming
  • up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time
  • up to 425 hrs standby time
  • 1500 mAh battery

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes with a price tag of Rs.32,000, while the Xperia Play is available for Rs.35,000. You can also purchase Xperia Arc for Rs.28,499 and Xperia Play for Rs.30,999 at Flipkart. Are you planning to buy these smartphones? Let us know in the views, in the comments section below.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro Leaked

Details of a new Android powered smartphone by Sony Ericsson have been leaked on the Sony Ericsson PC Companion tool which is bundled with Sony Ericsson phones. The Sony Ericsson Acro will apparently be launched in Japan.

It is an improved version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and comes with NFC, TV Tuner and infrared capabilities, features which are used a lot by the Japanese smartphone users.

It will be slightly fatter than the Xperia Arc and will come with a 4.2 inch display, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and an 8.1 MP Exmor R camera. It will be very similar to the Xperia Arc, and will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will sport all the basics – EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and GPS with A-GPS.

There will be two versions of the device – the Xperia Acro S0-02C, which is a GSM version and the Xperia Acro IS11S, which is a CDMA version. The Xperia Acro is expected to launch around June this year.

Here is the screenshot of the Xperia Acro in the Sony Ericsson PC Companion tool.

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For more details on the Xperia Acro, head over to Xperia Blog

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Boot Loader Finally Bypassed, Custom Kernel Released

It took more than a year, but the devs at XDA-Developers have finally made it happen. The Xperia X10 boot loader has been bypassed, which means that installation of custom kernels is now possible.

There are already dozens of custom ROMs available for Xperia X10, including some pretty decent FroYo (Android 2.2) and Gingerbread (Android 2.3) ROMs. However, the locked-down boot loader meant that all of them had to use the official kernel (2.6.29).

Although Sony Ericsson has announced that it will be allowing power users to unlock the boot loader in the near future, users of older Xperia models (Xperia X10/X10 Mini/X10 Mini Pro/X8) won’t be getting this privilege. Thankfully, Zdzihu, of the FreeX10 fame, has managed to load a fully working custom kernel. He has released an alpha kernel, which is a modified version of the stock 2.6.29 kernel, as a proof of concept. Among other things, the patched kernel does away with the artificially imposed frame-rate cap, implements netfilter, and reduces the voltage to conserve battery.

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Quite obviously, the alpha release of the modified kernel isn’t suitable for daily use. However, this does open up a lot of new possibilities, and gives the developers more freedom. Zdzihu will soon start working on porting the Gingerbread kernel from Xperia Arc. In the meanwhile check out video demonstrating the enhanced fluidity of the interface with Z’s custom kernel.