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Sony launches the Xperia go and Xperia acro S for the water-lovers

If you’re the clumsy type who often manage to get your phone wet by either dumping it on a sink with running water (raise hand) or having a glass of water spill its contents on your phone (raise hand), then you might want to invest on phones that are made for such abuse.

There are not a lot of Android handsets available that caters to the rugged or active lifestyle but Sony has two that targets different price points. The Sony Xperia go is an entry-level phone while the Sony Xperia acro S is for those wanting more power and size from their phones. Both of these are water, dust, and scratch-resistant smartphones!

Sony Xperia go

The Sony Xperia go is made for on-the-go individuals wanting a compact yet stylish, and durable smartphone. It is equipped with a 3.5-inch screen with Reality Display and Sony Mobile Bravia technology for superb viewing. Powering this handset is a dual-core 1GHz processor that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. You’ll also get a 5-megapixel camera here and Sports and Fitness apps pre-loaded.

laureen uy xperia go

The phone features wet finger tracking where you can still use it properly even when wet, just not underwater. It  has a ruggedized shell in either black, white, or yellow color and retails for Php14,490.

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Sony Xperia go Specs:
1.5GHz dual-core NovaThor U8500
Mali-400 GPU
3.5″ Reality display with the Mobile Bravia Engine (320 x 480 resolution)
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
512 MB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB
5-megapixel camera with LED flash
720p HD video recording at 30fps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Bluetooth w/ A2DP
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion 1305 mAh non-user replaceable battery
111 x 60.3 x 9.8 mm
SRP: Php14,990

Sony Xperia acro S

We talked about the Xperia acro S before. It’s basically the bigger version of Xperia go with a 4.3-inch 720p HD display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It’s 12-megapixel camera is equipped with Exmor R lens and is capable of recording Full HD video. You’ll get NFC connectivity here as well as the aforementioned wet finger tracking.

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The Xperia acro S comes in either black or white on a glossy but durable casing. It will arrive in the first week of September with a price tag Php26,990.

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Sony Xperia acro S Specs:
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8260
Adreno 220 GPU
4.3″ Reality display with the Mobile Bravia Engine (1280 x 720 resolution)
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB
12-megapixel Exmor-R camera, f/2.4
1080 Full HD video recording at 30fps
1.3-megapixel front camera (720p)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, NFC
Bluetooth w/ A2DP
HDMI port
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion 1910 mAh non-user replaceable battery
126 x 66 x 11.9 mm
SRP: Php26,990
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  • paolo

    Hi, not sure if you know about this but I’m subscribed to this blog via rss feed. Each time I click an article from my rss reader, I’m taken to a page where it says this site has been hacked. But if I go directly to the article link, wala namang problema.

    Anyway, these phones look good. But they can’t really go underwater, right? Pwede lang mabasa? Usually kasi pag water resistant, may specified limit ng depth na kaya ng gadget.

    • hi paolo, can you use this feedburner feed instead? http://feeds.feedburner.com/pinoytechblog/QjIs

      I still can’t access the old feed because it was tied up to the previous admin of this blog. thanks!

      As for these phones, yep they’re not entirely waterproof… depth limit is only at 1m and for only 30 minutes.underwater.

  • John

    If you wanna buy the Acro S, wait for the XPERIA V. Price is also said to be lower as the XPERIA T is the flagship.

    • shinkiro

      there’s actually some things where the acro s bests the v
      – HDMI port
      – Camera Shutter key
      – higher internal memory 16 for acro s 8 for v
      – bigger battery 1950 for acro s 1750 for v
      although v has
      – lte
      – thinner and lighter
      – better s4 processor (which by the way eats Galaxy S3 for breakfast. look at the benchmarks from gsmarena.)

      so if your not really into the fastest then you can go with the acro s. we may even see the acro s’ price go down because of the v

      • John

        The XPERIA V can access HDMI via MHL through the micro USB slot. And you can sacrifice the Camera Shutter Key to 1 second fast capture from sleep.

        • Steve

          HDMI via MHL is hardly comparable… much better to have HDMI out if you plan on connecting to a TV.

          There’s also no mention of wet finger tracking on the Xperia V.

          IMO Acro S is the better phone unless you want LTE and/or feel like you have to have the fastest CPU.

  • Marco

    Hi Calvin,

    I have a quick clarif on Xperia Go’s specs posted here. Apparently, Sony Mobile listed Go with 1GHz dual-core CPU and Gingerbread instead.

    Here is the link:


    • actually it was originally at gingerbread but since the launch here was a bit late, it got caught up in the recent ICS update rollout.

      • shinkiro

        hi calvin,

        i dont think they have released the ics update for the go yet. correct me if im wrong but the last update i heard was for the P.

        • sige dude… will re-confirm from sony.

  • Raffy

    Hey! was actually wondering because the initial release of xperia go was said to be running on Gingerbread, and ICS was not yet sure if when it was available.

  • Calv,

    Did they release Xperia T aka Bond’s Skyfall phone? I’m using it right now.. hehehe.. Still contemplating if I should exchange it to Xperia P. We’ve used the MHL adaptor to connect to a TV monitor’s HDMI and it works fine.


    • wala pa… pahingi photos. yung mhl since sony ericsson days pa.

  • cant wait to hold that xperia acro s
    “my_apol” told me to send this one,.
    i guess she presenting this as her birthday gift
    touched ako,.
    talaga palang “it does’nt matter how much it cost kung ang iisipin mo para sa mahal mo ay masaya sya sa handog mo”

    i love you POL:)