New Sony Ericsson “Active”

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Sony Ericsson recently announced three new phones, with the Xperia active, as one of the more interesting Android phones to date.  Aptly named, the Active is dust-proof, scratch and water resistant, plus one very cool feature. Take a peak at the specs and details from the SE press release, after the break.

The Active contains a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5MP camera, and 3.0-inch touch screen.  The cool feature mentioned earlier is the “wet finger tracking” technology, which allows the use of the touchscreen even when fingers are wet.  Expect unique sports accessories (straps, etc.) as well.  The Xperia active will be available in the fall.  Here are some brief specs, taken from the SE press release:

Xperia™ active:

• For consumers with an active lifestyle Xperia™ active has a compact design combined with a number of innovative hardware features including a 3” screen, a powerful 1Ghz processor and a 5mp camera. It is also dust proof and water resistant and uniquely incorporates wet finger tracking.

• This smartphone  features a corner user interface which comes pre-loaded with sports apps that enable users to easily track their fitness levels. By using the built-in GPS, barometer and compass in combination with the on-screen heart rate & pulse monitor (enabled by ANT+ wireless networking technology), and the iMapMyFitness app – users can easily monitor their day to day performance.  Xperia™ active will be available globally in select markets from Q3, 2011.

What do you think about the Active?  Isn’t it time that we had more rugged smart phones, ones we can use without covering them in an ugly silicone case one minute after purchase?  (Yes, I know you do that…)

Via Sony Ericsson

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