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Default [Q] Xperia Mini - NOT Pro - with front camera

Hello guys, I know it could sound really weird for you all, but here's my point: I just bought an Xperia Mini on eBay from a user claiming he had received it directly from Sony Ericsson as a free sample. I received it yesterday, it was unpacked and was sold together with the battery charger only. Nothing too strange.

By the way, after about half an hour I realized the phone had a front camera.
Ok, I watched the video and i know I'm a noob on XDA. But I'm no stupid
So don't tell me it's the light/proximity sensor! I wouldn't be here! It's a working front camera, since I can switch between this one and the "normal" one and take pictures. Here is a picture of the phone:

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Looks like I can't post links, so I'll just skip this step

Anyway, the other strange thing is that the phone comes with Android 2.3.3, build 4.0.A.2.368, and I can't update it. Not directly from the phone, nor using PC Companion. It just keeps saying the software is up to date.
So... have you ever heard of something like this? What should I do?
 
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What is the phone model in the settings?
 
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Model ST15i

I wrote to the seller, and he just answered me: he says that, working for a company that create applications for iOS and Android, they usually get five samples for each model. This is one of those. It could be, as I thought, a sort of "prototype". The thing is: I am grateful for the front camera, but I'd like to be able to get software updates, and this seems impossible. And also, I suppose that updating through "unofficial" ways would take to the impossibility of using the front camera.

i'm thinking of sending it back and buying a new one
 
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I'm really envious right now...
 
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really curious now.. Try adding photo's with the attachments feature !
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where are you from?

can you share the link where you buy?

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Here's the picture of the phone... I wouldn't be envious at all, anyway. I have a couple of days to understand if I can update the phone, if updating causes the impossibility of using the front camera, and if - even worse - it can cause hardware incompatibilities, crashes, explosions or else. Then I have to decide if I want to send it back or not.

D'oh.
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That's pretty cool... But it absolutely sucks that you can't update the firmware..

Maybe you can contact Sony and ask if there is any way to update..
 
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That's pretty cool... But it absolutely sucks that you can't update the firmware..
That's my point.

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Maybe you can contact Sony and ask if there is any way to update..
I doubt it... it looks like this is a "test" version that was long ago abandoned by developers... anyway, I'd rather buy a new phone. It's easier xD

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I'm italian and I bought it from a private seller, so I have a UNIQUE piece... wow, sooooo cool... lol
 
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That's my point.


I doubt it... it looks like this is a "test" version that was long ago abandoned by developers... anyway, I'd rather buy a new phone. It's easier xD

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I'm italian and I bought it from a private seller, so I have a UNIQUE piece... wow, sooooo cool... lol
Sell it to someone for better price
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