Sony is launching its most durable smartphone, the Xperia advance in the US market. Available outside the States as the Xperia go, the rugged Xperia is built to handle life’s unexpected moments, featuring a scratch-resistant mineral glass display and IP67 rating, the highest level of dust and water resistance available on any Android smartphone. Unlike other bulky rugged phones, Sony managed to give the Xperia advanced a sleek, stylish look.
The Xperia advance is powered a by a 1Ghz NovaThor U8500 dual-core processor, but it gets only 512MB RAM that, I think, is barely enough for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It sports a 3.5-inch 480×800 Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a 5 Megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, 720p HD video recording and 3D Sweep Panorama mode. It comes with 8GB internal flash memory and supports microSD up to 32GB. As for connectivity, you can expect Bluetooth, GPS/AGPS, WiFi and DLNA.
Sony’s Xperia advance works on UMTS/HSPA 800/1900/2100 mobile network, meaning you can use it on AT&T 3G. It is available unlocked from Newegg for $299.99 in black, pure white and warm yellow colors.