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Sony Ericsson outs Neo, Pro smartphones

One for keyboard lovers, one for the rest

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MWC 2011 Sony Ericsson's other Mobile World Congress-launched smartphones - Neo and Pro - won't garner as many headlines as the Xperia Play, but these near-identical siblings are worth a look.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Pro

The two differ only in the Pro's inclusion of a landscape-orientation slide-down Qwerty keyboard. Both run Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, and they have the same 3.7in, 480 x 854 capacitive touchscreen driven by Sony's Mobile Bravia chip.

The two smartphone both come with an 8GB Micro SD card for storage, HDMI output, Wi-Fi and tri-band HSPA 3G.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

Xperia Neo

The Neo goes on sale at the end of March - Orange has the exclusive on the black model, but it'll also be available in blue and red. You'll have to wait until the end of June for the Pro, whether you want it in black, silver or red. ®

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