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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro early review: Small but perfectly formed

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro is a tiny Android phone with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard that will tempt small-handed text and email addicts

Flora Graham

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When Sony Ericsson left the Xperia X10 out in the sun at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it shrank to the pint-sized Xperia X10 Mini. But it turned out to be such a happy accident that Son Eric slapped a keyboard in its new mini-me and created the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro.

Like the X10 Mini and the X10, there's Android on board, but you can actually type on this little guy -- there's a full Qwerty keyboard stashed underneath the 65mm (2.55-inch) QVGA touchscreen.

We'll have to take the X10 Mini Pro for a full test-drive before we can vouch for the keyboard's quality, but we did note that it's bigger than a Palm Pre or a BlackBerry's keyboard -- both of which are a pleasure to type on -- so it has potential for goodness.

There's Wi-Fi, GPS and an FM radio on board, as well as the blue-tinged user interface tweaks Son Eric hopes will separate its Android-powered phones from the pack.

We'll have to wait till summer before we see the X10 Mini Pro in stores, so click 'Continue' to have a nibble of this bite-sized beauty via our hands-on photos.

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The X10 Mini Pro works in landscape or portrait mode, with the slide-out keyboard automatically launching the phone into landscape.
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All the usual Android widgets are on board, as well as access to the Android Market to download more.
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The back of the X10 Mini Pro has a 5-megapixel camera with an LED photo light.

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