Preview: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro

Pebbles Amongst Rocks

Pebbles Amongst Rocks

To be honest, Sony Ericsson didn't really push out as many devices and services as we had hoped for during this year's Mobile World Congress. Even so, the company did give us some pleasant surprise with the unveiling of its Android-based Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and its new variations. Namely, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro. Sony Ericsson has certainly been following up closely with the Google Android partnership; barely four months after the official announcement for the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, the company has added these two new compact units to complement the original X10 flagship.

Lucky for us, we recently got our hands on an early build of both the X10 mini and X10 mini pro. In this preview, we will be giving you a preview of these two compact alternatives that offer the functionality and specification features of its bigger brother in a significantly smaller and lighter body. 

With a screen size of only 2.55 inches across, the X10 mini and X10 mini pro are possibly one of the smallest Android phones on the market. Like its bigger comrade, the three staple buttons are present on the front - Menu, Home and Back.

Both units are outwardly fashioned after the X10 - boasting of an equally fingerprint-magnet glossy front cover. However, the back of the devices are covered with a matte black surface that's non-slip and easy to grip.

While not as lean as the X10, its successors are still relatively thin. Seen here are the camera and volume buttons for both devices (the pro version is of course the bottom unit).

The X10 mini houses its 3.5mm audio jack and a Micro-USB port at the bottom (hidden by the plastic cover).

We preferred the X10 mini pro for its easy access to the Micro-USB port at the side, and the 3.5mm audio jack at the top.

After checking out the X10 mini pro's removable battery, we were surprised to see a non-removable one on the X10 mini.