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Sony Xperia Go and Xperia Acro – are they any good?

Sony is to launch a new pair of rugged, durable Xperia smartphones in the UK later this year, the Japanese tech giant has announced.

Continuing its new-found love for releasing as many devices as possible, Sony seems to be enjoying its post-Ericsson life.

Its range of sleek new Xperia handsets received good reviews upon their release, as the manufacturer tries to make a dent in a crowded smartphone market.

Sony’s next Xperia phones are a little more rough and ready than the likes of the Xperia S or U, and due for a UK release in the third quarter of this year. But are they any good?

Sony Xperia Acro

The high-end of the two new handsets, the Sony Xperia Acro is set to be a British version of the Acro HD smartphone that was released in Japan earlier this year.

Both devices are billed as rugged phones designed to take a beating, with water, dust and scratch resistance. But that doesn’t mean Sony has skimped on the specs with the Xperia Acro.

With a 4.3 inch HD display, at 720p, and running Android 4.0 ICS, this device has plenty to offer. There’s also the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 12MP camera capable of HD video recording.

Sony Xperia Go

If the Acro is at the high end, then the Xperia Go is the budget version. Following in the footsteps of the Xperia Active, the Go’s specs are not quite up to scratch.

The screen is smaller, at 3.5 inches, but we still have Sony’s Reality Display. Under the bonnet there’s a 1GHz dual-core processor, and Android Gingerbread – although Sony has promised an ICS upgrade at some point.

The specs don’t blow you away, but if you’re looking for a durable phone (this will be one of the most dust and water resistant on the market when it’s released) that will do what you need, for a very reasonable price, the Xperia Go is the phone for you.