The Xperia Neo was revealed by Sony Ericsson back at MWC in February.
Aside from a rather cool name which demands this particular smartphone should wear a stylish black leather case (and perhaps wield dual sub-machineguns), the Neo boasts a 3.7 inch 854 x 480 resolution Bravia-powered “reality display”, 1GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera.
The Android Gingerbread phone has now been dated and priced by online retailers, with the Neo apparently shipping on April 19th or 20th.
eXpansys has it pegged at the latter date, with a price of £430, but Clove has it down as arriving a day earlier, and has hugely undercut that price with a tag of £359.
That seems like a competitive level indeed, for a phone which boasts some smart specs. The 8 megapixel camera comes with an Exmor R CMOS sensor to enable it to function well in poor light, and it offers 720p video, with an HDMI out to hook it up to your TV.
And did we mention we like the name? There’s less than two weeks to wait now before you can go down the rabbit hole and see how the Neo actually performs for yourself.
Let’s hope Sony Ericsson doesn’t lose further OS updates in the rabbit warren, and leave owners on Gingerbread while everyone else is tucking into future Android desserts.