Sony Reveals Waterproof Xperia Smartphones

Sony announced two waterproof smartphones on Wednesday. They both run dual-core processors, but one of the new handsets will ship with an outdated version of Google’s Android operating system.

The Xperia Go and the Xperia Arco S are both set for release in the third quarter of this year, though Sony officials haven’t yet said how much the phones will sell for when they launch. The Xperia Go, which will be called the Xperia Advance in the U.S., will ship running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), though an upgrade to Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is promised.


The Go is aimed decidedly at the low-end of the smartphone market, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen sporting a 480×320 resolution. Inside, the Go will house a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5MP rear camera. The Go will be sold in either black, white or yellow.

The Arco S is aimed toward the high-end, with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, NFC connectivity, a 12MP rear camera and a 4.3-inch 720p display. The Arco S will be offered in black, white and pink. Both the Go and the Arco S feature scratch resistant screens and, impressively, the ability to track finger input even when covered in water — something most waterproof gadgets can’t do.

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Source: Digg

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Rumored Launch of Apple’s iPad 3 on March 7

Apple has announced an event on 7 March at which the company is expected to launch its latest iPad tablet.

Invitations sent to journalists read: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” While not officially confirming the product’s launch, the message was accompanied by an image showing what looked to be an iPad touchscreen.

The iPad range, which first launched in 2010, has sold over 50 million units worldwide. It is not yet known when the new device will be available for sale.


Last year, sales of the iPad 2 began in the US nine days after the launch announcement – which also took place in March. Apple’s first two versions of the iPad transformed the market for tablet computers and made it one of the fastest-growing sectors of the computer industry. However, recently Apple’s dominant position in the tablet market has been challenged by a string of tablets powered by Google’s Android operating system.

The tablet market – just like the smartphone market – has been subject to intense patent wars chiefly between Apple and its key challenger Samsung. Apple is also embroiled in a dispute over the naming rights for the iPad with Asian electronics firm Proview.

Source: BBC News

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