Sony Ericsson announces Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro

Sony Ericcson's latest Xperia phones are not only small, but offer surprising functionality.

Sony Ericsson's Xperia line is getting a bit smaller with its two latest additions - the mini and mini pro.

Both devices run off of a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3, and feature 3-inch multitouch Reality Displays. Sony has also updated the user interfaces on the devices, allowing up to sixteen apps to be displayed on the home screen.

Nearly identical, the primary physical difference between the devices is the Xperia mini pro's slide-out keyboard, which is replaced by touch screen typing on the Xperia mini.

But what the mini lacks in keyboards it makes up for in video recording. The little device is capable of full HD video recording and playback, making the device the smallest of its kind capable of the feat.

Via Facebook inside Xperia, both devices also offer Facebook integration via the music player, phonebook, calendar, and photo gallery.

The Xperia family has gotten pretty crowded in recent months. Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Play, Pro, and Neo in February, and released the Xperia Arc in April. Today's announcement was also joined by the unveiling of the Xperia Acro, which only eager hands in Japan will get to touch.

The Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro will hit stores in the third quarter of this year.

Here are the devices' key features:

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini

  • World’s smallest Android smartphone with HD video recording
  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Place up to 16 apps in the corners of your home screen
  • Over 150,000 apps on Android Market
  • Facebook inside. Keeping your friends closer

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro

  • Ergonomic keyboard and smart functions for fast messaging
  • HD video and Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Synch your email and view office documents safely on the go
  • Place up to 16 apps in the corners of your home screen
  • Over 150,000 apps on Android Market