Sony has introduced two new Xperia smartphones for the adventurous (or just unbelievably clumsy) with the Xperia acro S and the Xperia go. Both are designed to get dirty and take a bath, with sealed cases that’s rated for dust and water resistance.
Both phones are basically ruggedized versions of existing Xperia models. Under the waterproof case, the Xperia acro S carries a high-end spec that’s similar to Sony’s flagship Xperia S. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, the phone also rocks a similar 4.3-inch 720p Reality Display powered by Sony’s Bravia Engine.
The phone also rocks an HD-capable front-facing cam for video chats, and an advanced 12.1 main snapper at the back. The interface features a fast capture mode that’ll let you snap a photo from sleep mode in “just over a second.” For protection, the phone is rated IP55 and IP57 for dust- and water-resistance, allowing it to continue working after a 30-minute dip in three feet of water.
The Xperia go – also known as the Xperia advance when it hits the US – rocks a lesser spec for the mainstream market. It’s basically a rugged version of the Xperia U that shares the same 3.5-inch Reality Display that features a 480 x 854 resolution. Powered by a 1GHz NovaThor dual-core processor, the Xperia go features a 5MP camera at the back and a dust- and water-resistance rating of IP67.
Interestingly, the Xperia go also features a scratch-resistant glass cover that still responds well to touch even when wet (at least according to the video below).
Both phones are due out in Q3 of 2012. Unfortunately, they’re both listed to arrive with Android 2.3 out of the box, but Sony has promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich for both phones soon after the launch.
Xperia acro S preview video: