Sony Xperia advance now available in the U.S. in unlocked formAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Sony today continued is effort to offer unlocked Xperia smartphones in the U.S., with the latest model to go on sale being the Xperia advance. Introduced earlier this year and known as the Xperia go internationally, the Xperia advance is a ruggedized Android handset with protection against dust and water immersion, including the ability to be submerged in up to 39 inches of water for 30 minutes. The advance's display is also scratch-resistant and has wet finger tracking. The remainder of the Xperia advance's spec list looks like this:
- 3.5-inch 480x320 touchscreen
- 5-megapixel rear camera with 720p video capture
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 8GB internal storage, 4GB user-accessible
- 512MB RAM
- UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
- GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Available in black, white or yellow
As far as pricing goes, Sony tells us that the Xperia advance carries an MSRP of $299.99. Your hard-earned cash will net you an unlocked smartphone that should stand up to run-ins with dust and water and will play nice with AT&T 3G here in the U.S. If the Xperia advance sounds like the smartphone you've been searching for, you can find it now at Newegg and other online retailers.
Sony Mobile Communications Brings Its Water-Resistant Android Smartphone, Xperia™ advance, to the U.S.
o The highest level of dust and water resistance available on any Android smartphone*
o Stylish, sleek and durable smartphone made to withstand whatever life throws at it without compromising on design or functionality
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 advance to US consumers looking for a full-featured Android smartphone and beautiful design with extra durability and water resistance. Xperia advance has a scratch-resistant display with wet finger tracking to offer functionality and protection against dust and water immersion.
As Sony’s most durable, water-resistant smartphone, the Xperia advance is built to handle life’s unexpected moments. It has a scratch-resistant mineral glass display and meets the IP67 ratings for protection against dust and water immersion** in depths between zero to 39 inches for up to 30 minutes. Xperia advance is a fit for Xperia fans who don’t want to worry about protecting their phones when caught in the rain.
With Xperia advance, consumers can watch the latest movies and TV shows in razor sharp quality and with fast performance.
This powerful device conceals its rugged nature in a slim and attractive design, and, at only .4 inches thick at its thinnest point, users can enjoy its lightweight feel and easily carry it in a pocket or bag among keys, change and other items with reduced susceptibility to marks or scratches. The Xperia advance’s sleek and stylish design means durable and water-resistant smartphones no longer have to look bulky and rugged.
Xperia advance features easy connectivity through DLNA® technology to share and enjoy content on a TV. It also comes preloaded with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network***, giving access to millions of songs, Hollywood blockbusters, and TV series.
*Based on smartphones available in the US as of October 29, 2012.
** An IP (Ingress Protection) rating of 67 means the device is dust tight and is protected against the effects of immersion in water in depths between 0 to 39 inches for up to 30 minutes. Despite your device’s resistance qualities, you should avoid exposing it to environments with excessive dust or moisture. Damage to your device, (even if through ordinary use) can limit or lessen resistance to dust or moisture. You should not submerge the mobile phone in water. The water resistance of the micro USB port and the headset connector is not guaranteed in all environment or conditions. All compatible accessories including batteries, chargers, hands-free devices, micro USB cables, microSD™ cards, and so on are not dust and water resistant on their own. Warranty does not cover damage or defects caused by abuse or improper use of your device.
***For Sony Unlimited services, a subscription is required and additional requirements, terms, and conditions, may apply. All apps require compatible wireless service connection and usage rates apply.