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First Impressions: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

I got to play with one of the upcoming Android phone from Sony Ericsson, their Xperia Neo which is completely overshadowed by the sexy Xperia Arc.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

The Xperia Neo looks ordinary compared to the Arc but it has still one nice-looking phone following the design of the Vivaz but made more curvy. It’s not as thin as the Arc but the Neo’s form feels just right to handle. It also has a matte finish to discourage fingerprints and metallic chrome sidings. Didn’t like the small buttons though.

It may be overshadowed by the Arc but the Neo also has the same powerful 1GHz processor and GPU of the Arc. UI navigation was very snappy! It also comes with an updated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and is supposed to be layered by SE’s Timescape UI. However, I didn’t notice it maybe because they tamed it down, or Timescape UI is not yet ready for 2.3 or I just literally missed it. Anyway, the UI looks like stock Android to me which is not really a bad thing.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

It has a smaller 3.7-inch display as compared to the Arc’s 4.2-inch but the Xperia Neo also has the Sony Mobile Bravia engine and it really shows in the display. The display is so vivid, sharp and crisp that I definitely enjoyed playing games and watching videos on it. There’s also an HDMI port where you can connect it to your TV to watch HD videos or use it to play games on a bigger screen provided you have to stand close to your screen, hehehe.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

The Xperia Neo also comes with an 8-megapixel camera with Sony’s Exmor R sensor for decent low-light shooting. Photos taken didn’t really look that impressive for me but I only took shots around the room with different colored lighting. You can also use the front-facing camera to take photos although in VGA quality.

Xperia Neo compared to Xperia Arc

Overall, I like the design, the power and the strikingly clear display of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo. I would even choose it over the anorexic Arc because I just like my phone with a little bit of heft. My only glaring problem with it is the 320MB internal memory since not all apps can be installed on the microSD yet.

No word yet on the pricing but the guys at the SE booth told me it’s going to be in the range of Php24k to Php26k which is just right for something this powerful. The Xperia Neo also comes in three colors and the blue and red looks really good. It will probably be available this April along with the Xperia Arc.

If you want to see this baby, head to the 3-day Sony Summer Hotspot at Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Megamall where you can also sign up to pre-order.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Specs:
Qualcomm MSM8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz CPU; Adreno 205 GPU
3.7″³ capacitive display @ 480×854 pixels
Sony Mobile Bravia Engine
320MB internal memory; 8GB microSD included
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
8MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash; Exmor R sensor
720p HD video recording
HDMI output
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Po 1500mAh battery
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
126 g
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  • Jun


    • 2nd to the last paragraph… 24 to 26k according to the sales dudes there.

  • Harley Son


  • raymund camat

    I’ll rather buy a laptop. It is very expensive for a phone.

  • jx

    san mo tinest to? sa sony event ba in MEGA MALL?

    • yes sir! hanggang sunday na lang yung sony event.

      • jx

        may pre order din ba para xperia neo sa event or para sa xperia arc lang? thanks! more power to ur blog!

        • sorry late ko na nabasa. yes you can sign up for pre-ordering pero tapos na yung expo. 😛

      • Chris

        is it true that SE xperia neo is 22-23k lng?
        ung arc kc nde nmn cya 32 tlaga.. nkakata aq 26k lng cya..

        • yup…32k yung initial SRP ng arc… then naging 30k. then some shops are selling it for 26k+

          neo should be cheaper

          • tropicana

            san po b may available na xperia neo ngayun at how much???thnx

          • i don’t know man. alam ko hindi pa available eh.

  • 21

    Expensve, konti nlng may laptop na ko nyan.

    Sr. , how about Samsung Galaxy SL price? is it around 20k?

    • no word yet from Samsung. Stay tuned lang sir. usually nagpapadala sila ng info on their hot products on time.

  • carlo

    how bout neo pro?

  • bok

    hey do you think its worth to buy if its only 320mb internal memory???will it slow when memory is almost full? and what kind or categories of apps can be installed at memory card?

    • yup, 320mb internal memory is ok. most new games/apps right now can be installed on the SD card.

  • Alvir

    Hi calvin,

    I was wondering if you’ll be having a review for the sony ericsson xperia pro (one that has a slideout keyboard) thanks!

    • if it comes out we’ll give it a go.

  • saging

    where can i buy xperia neo??

    • wala pa sya dito sa pinas unless sa grey market mo kukunin. not sure if meron na ngang nagdadala dito nun.

  • jamelah basher

    how much is the sony ericsson experia neo today? cause i’m planning to have one…..thank you!

    • no word yet from SE Phils. 🙁 kung meron dito sa grey market lang sya, not through official channels.

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