Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro are replacements for last year's confusingly named Xperia X10 Mini and Mini Pro smartphones, which were probably the two most interesting devices in Sony Ericsson's 2010 line-up.
The main difference between the two models is that the Pro comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the ordinary Mini does not. The Pro also sports a front-facing camera for video calls.
Inside is a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. Although these are not dual-core devices, it is certainly enough to make multimedia and applications run speedily on the modestly-sized display. Internal RAM is 512MB, which is a lot more than in the previous version. The Mini and Mini Pro are HSPA capable devices with WiFi, they also come with a pretty large 1200 mAh battery which is quoted as giving a theoretical maximum of about 4 to 5 hours talk time and 14 days standby on 3G. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are supported.
The new Minis also support DLNA integration with home networks and entertainment systems, have an FM radio and a microSD slot for storing media and applications.
On the back is a 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording, plus a video light / LED flash and touch focus and other enhancements. Video recording quality is more important than megapixels in our view, and the Xperia Mini and Mini Pro will certainly be good enough for making high-quality YouTube videos, for example.