With most Android smartphone screens now in the 4-inch plus range, we welcomed the diminutive form factor of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro, an Android smartphone with a footprint just slightly larger than a credit card. Unfortunately, the X10 mini pro was a bit outdated when it was released, relying on Android 1.6, an underpowered 600MHz processor, and just 128MB of RAM.
Well it looks like Sony Ericsson will soon introduce a much needed updated to the X10 mini pro, pictured above. The device, which is currently known as the XK17i, sports Android 2.3, and what appears to be the same 2.55-inch screen featured on the X10 mini pro. The device also has a streamlined layout of hard and soft Android buttons, as well as an attractive matte-black exterior.
At this point, we don’t know much else about the XK17i. Hopefully the device will offer a processor in the 1GHz range, along with increased RAM and internal storage. There are few sub 3-inch Android smartphones available today, and this small form factor will likely find a following among space-conscious users or users that need a small secondary Android smartphone when they’re on the go. No word on pricing or availability yet, but the XK17i above looks like it’s near its final release, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Sony Ericsson announces the device soon.