Hands on the Sony Ericsson Xperia active
bluetooth 22 Jun 2011

Today, we took at look at the upcoming Android phone Xperia active from Sony Ericsson at it’s press event held just hours ago. At first glance, it looks like the Xperia Mini with the 4 corner button interface. Well interface looks alike but the stand out from the Xperia line is it’s durability and made to withstand dust. It is also made to be water resistant with a multi touch screen with wet finger tracking. It also includes a on-screen heart rate monitoring through ANT+.

The Xperia™ active, a compact smartphone targeting consumers with an active lifestyle, in conjunction with CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. With a 3” screen and running the latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3), the phone packs Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, a 5mp camera with HD video functionality, and a powerful 1Ghz processor. Xperia™ active is dust proof and water resistant* and uniquely incorporates wet finger tracking, to ensure the phone works perfectly when either the screen or a user’s fingers are wet.

The phone comes pre-loaded with sports apps that enable consumers to easily track their fitness levels. Users can set their ideal training route using the built-in GPS, Barometer and Compass. On-screen heart rate and pulse can be monitored in real-time (enabled by ANT+ wireless networking technology), while the iMapMyFitness app can monitor day to day performance.  Additionally, Facebook inside Xperia™ allows consumers to share their progress and experiences with friends.

Extras included in the box to further build the consumer experience: 

  • One extra exchangeable soft touch back cover
  • Detachable ear hooks for the portable handsfree active headset
  • Wrist strap to keep the phone close at all times
  • An arm case for use during a workout
  • 2GB memory card to save all your special moments
  • Micro USB cable for charging and computer data transfer

*Water resistant – the phone can be kept under 1m of water for 30 mins.

Sony Ericsson Xperia active will be available globally in selected markets from Q3 2011.

Sony Ericsson Xperia active at a glance.

*Please note that all services mentioned below may not be available in every market.

  Sony Ericsson Xperia active
Colours Orange band with black back cover – white extra cover in the kitWhite band with black back cover – white extra cover in the kit
Facts Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)Size: 55 x 92 x 16.5mmWeight: 110.8 grams
Camera 5 megapixel camera8x digital zoomAuto focusAperture f/2.6Face detectionFace recognition

Flash/Photo light


Geo tagging

HD video recording (720p)

Image stabiliser

Red-eye reduction

Scene detection


Send to web

Smile detection

Touch capture

Touch focus

Video light

Video recording

Music Album artBluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)Media playerMusic tones (MP3/AAC)PlayNow™ service*Sony Ericsson Music Player

TrackID™ music recognition*


Internet Android Market™*BookmarksGoogle™ searchGoogle Voice Search*NeoReader™ barcode scannerPan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit)

Communication Call listConference callsFacebook™ application*Google Talk™Noise ShieldPolyphonic ringtones


Sony Ericsson Timescape™


Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)*

Vibrating alert

Messaging ConversationsEmailGoogle Mail™*Instant messagingMultimedia messaging (MMS)Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Design Auto rotationFour-corner Home screenKeyboard (on-screen, 12 key)Picture wallpaperReality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® EngineTouch screen

Live wallpaper

Dust and water resistant

Wet finger tracking

Entertainment 3D gamesHealth mateMedia browserMotion gamingRadio (FM radio with RDS)Radio (FM)

Video streaming

Video viewing

Walk Mate


Organiser Alarm clockCalculatorCalendarDocument readerseCompass™E-Manual

Flight mode

Google Calendar™

Google Gallery 3D™*

Infinite button



Setup guide




Torch functionality

Widget manager

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jackaGPS*Bluetooth™ technologyDLNA™ CertifiedGoogle Latitude™*Google Maps™ for Mobile

Google Maps™ with Street View*

Media Transfer Protocol support

Micro USB support


Native USB tethering

Pressure sensor***

Synchronisation via Facebook™*

Synchronisation via Google Sync™*

Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync

Synchronisation with computer

Synchronisation via Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

USB mass storage

USB High speed 2.0 support

USB support


Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation*

Display Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine16,777,216 colour TFTCapacitive touchscreen (multi-touch) with wet finger tracking3 inches320 x 480 pixelsScratch-resistant mineral glass
Memory Phone memory (user-free): Up to 320MBMemory card support: microSD™, up to 32GBMemory card included: 2GB microSD™
Battery life Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hrs 53 min*Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 351 hrs*Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 31 min*Standby time UMTS: Up to 335 hrs*Music listening time: Up to 25 hrsVideo playback time: Up to 8 hrs 30 min

*According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage. 

Networks UMTS HSPA 900, 2100GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900UMTS HSPA 800, 1900, 2100GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
In the kit Xperia™ active1200mah removable batterySport stereo headsetArm caseWrist strap2GB microsd™ memory card

Exchangeable cover


Micro USB cable for charging

Synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation