Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro Surfaces; Japanese Roll Out Likely on NTTDoCoMo & KDDI this May/June

April 7, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sony Ericsson’s line of smartphones never seems to cease. So are the leaks too. Yet another member of the Sony Ericsson family has surfaced, and that gives us immense reason to feel we have an Arc sibling coming up. The new device, supposedly slotted under the Android-Xperia range at Sony, has appeared on the company’s PC Companion software tool for Japan.

Christened Xperia Acro, the device has a handful of similarities with the Xperia Arc (Read our hands on of the Xperia Arc here). We think the Acro is a slightly fatter variant of the Arc and comes with NFC, TV tuner and infrared capabilities.

Now, that is significant considering that the Japanese consider the infrared feature to be much better than Bluetooth. Our gut feeling is that the device will address a handful of shortcomings that the Japanese market had been hoping to resolve.

Two models of the Xperia Acro are listed in the Sony Ericsson PC Companion software, and have been codenamed the IS11S and the SO-02C. The first one will probably be a GSM version that could landed on the NTT DoCoMo network, while the second is likely to be CDMA version. The CDMA phone might head for KDDI.

The Acro comes equipped with a 1 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor and will feature a cute 4.2-inch display. The device is also expected to carry an 8-megapixel shooter, most likely to be the Sony’s Exmor R camera, placed on the rear part. To hit the Japanese markets this May or June, the device has not been forthcoming too much as to what lies on the price tag. Let’s wait to know more on that.

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