Sony Xperia acro S available in unlocked form in the U.S. for $599.99

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: September 25, 2012

Sony Xperia acro S Ceramic White

Sony this morning announced that the Xperia acro S is now available in unlocked form to U.S. customers. The Xperia acro S was first introduced back in May 2012, but now U.S. residents interested in snagging the dust and water-resistant Ice Cream Sandwich handset can grab an unlocked model direct from Sony. Priced at $599.99 without a contract, the acro S is available in Ceramic White or Black. Specs for the acro S are as follows:

  • 4.3-inch 1280x720 display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 12.1-megapixel rear, 1.3-megapixel front cameras
  • 16GB storage, 1GB RAM
  • NFC
  • 1,840mAh battery
  • UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Earlier this year, Sony began offering devices like the Xperia S and Xperia P unlocked in the U.S., and now the company is continuing that trend of offering unlocked handsets with the Xperia acro S. While the unsubsidized price of the acro S won't appeal to everyone, it's good to see Sony at least giving U.S. customers the option of buying unlocked models of its handsets. If you're interested in checking out the acro S further, you can find the device in Sony's online store right here.

 

Sony Mobile Communications Brings a New Stylish, Durable Smartphone to the US – the Xperia™ acro S

o    Stylish, sleek and durable smartphone made to resist life’s challenges without compromising on design or functionality

o    Easy connectivity and premium entertainment from Sony Entertainment Network anywhere, anytime

o    Reality Display for razor sharp clarity and fast capture camera to go from sleep to snap in just over a second

What: Sony Mobile Communications brings the Xperia acro S to US consumers looking for premium specifications and beautiful design with extra durability and water resistance. The Xperia acro S has a scratch-resistant display to offer protection against dust and water immersion.

The Xperia acro S enables easy connectivity to share and enjoy content on a TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet. It also comes preloaded with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network giving access to Hollywood blockbusters, TV series and millions of music tracks.

The Xperia acro S has a 4.3” HD Reality Display for razor sharp clarity, full HD video recording, HD video chat, and easy HDMI TV connectivity to enjoy content on the big screen. NFC enabled, Xperia acro S can easily open applications with one touch against an Xperia SmartTag. The Xperia acro S has the highest level of water resistance of any smartphone, so you can drop it in your drink, then shake it off and carry on.

Pricing & availability:

The Xperia acro S is available now at select Sony stores and at store.sony.com.  Newegg and other online retailers will also carry the Xperia acro S. For additional availability and pricing, please check with each retailer.

  • MSRP $599.99 (unlocked), in black or white

Network compatibility:

The Xperia acro S is compatible with the network bands below.

  • UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 

Product Resources:

Xperia acro S product page & demo video

Specs:

Xperia™ acro S specifications

  • Size:4.9 x 2.5 x .4 in
  • Weight: 5.18 ounces
  • Screen: 4.3″ 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine,  shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass, wet finger tracking
  • Camera: 12.1MP camera, Exmor R™ for mobile, Aperture f/2.4, fast capture, 16x digital zoom, Pulsed LED flash and autofocus, 1080p HD video recording, front-facing camera
  • Phone Memory: Up to 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, up to 11 GB user accessible memory
  • Operating System: Android™ 4.0
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual Core
  • Connectivity: 3.5 mm audio jack, aGPS, Bluetooth™, HDMI™ support, DLNA® Certified, Wi-Fi®, USB High speed 2.0 support, NFC
  • IP55 Rating: Protected against dust-limited to ingress (no harmful deposits) and water projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects
  • IP57 Rating: Protected against dust-limited to ingress (no harmful deposits) and the effects of immersion between 15 cm and 1 m for 30 minutes

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