Sony Ericsson Xperia neo and pro joins Play as feature phones of 2011

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Sony Ericsson has also announced at Mobile World Congress the release of two new smartphones to feature this year – the Xperia neo (above) and the Xperia pro – both focused on multimedia while also offering the new Android Gingerbread (Version 2.3) platform.

The phones join the Xperia Play as one of the three launch phones for the first-half of 2011.

Both phones will feature the mobile BRAVIA Engine that is said to deliver exceptional and crystal clear images, while also featuring an Exmor R sensor for its camera that allows HD videos to be recorded in low lighting conditions. It also features a HDMI port, meaning that Sony is targeting HD as a big feature in phones.

The Xperia neo will a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, an 1GHz processor and two cameras – an 8.1 megapixel lens that can record HD video at the back and a VGA camera at the front. The Xperia pro (above) also features the 3.7-inch touchscreen display, an 1GHz processor and the same specifications of its two cameras, but the Xperia pro has a slideout keyboard.

The Xperia neo will be out in selected markets from the end of Q1, while the Xperia pro will be out from the end of Q2.