Sony Ericsson's ruggedized Xperia Active smartphone has walked away with a top honor at this year's iF (International Forum) design awards in Munich, and there were also nods for some other 2011 Xperia handsets. The Xperia Active received the top-level gold award in the telecommunications category, while the Xperia Ray, Xperia Mini Pro and Mix Walkman (a non-Android device) received product design awards.
The iF design awards are held annually, and honor the best in product design quality. The gold award given to the Xperia Active is considered to be the "Oscar" of product design.
“We warmly congratulate Sony Ericsson for its first iF gold award. Xperia active is a very functional smartphone with a highly elegant design. Especially for sport users, it is the number one choice and the water and dust-resistance make it a very special product – a symbiosis of functionality and elegance,” said Ralph Wiegmann, Managing Director of iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hannover.
As we noted in our review, the Xperia Active has a solid aluminum construction and a unique profile with the wrist strap catch at the bottom of the device. While some earlier SE devices have been decidedly plasticky, recent phones like the Xperia Active, Ray and Ion have opted for a more solid aluminum chassis.
We've got the celebratory press release in full after the break.