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Sony has been hitting the Android game pretty hard this week, first the Sony Xperia Ion and now the Sony Xperia S, another incredible device. How can you really go wrong with a 1.5GHz dual-core device with a 720p 4.3-inch display? Oh, you want more? How about a 12MP camera, a rather stylish design, and a 720p front facing camera?

In the hand, the Sony Xperia S is quite delightful, neither too thick nor too thin. The device feels really light, the build quality appears to be strong, and it features a bit of a unique design. The bottom notification area is translucent, giving it a unique appearance. Inside the clear area you will see the standard three Android buttons, but you don't physically press the icons themselves -- there are small capacitive buttons above the clear area.

The software is just as smooth as you would imagine, and the 12MP camera is quite incredible. I'm not a huge cell phone camera fan, but this may have very well changed my mind. There was a bit of shutter lag and even with the flash enabled, it takes a heck of a picture. In any case, hit the break for some more images, and check out our updated post for some hands-on video footage.

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Hands-on with the Sony Xperia S

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I am awfully impressed with what I see here. My general rule of thumb is avoid Sony products like the plague (after several bad ones in a row), but maybe if this were to land on Verizon I would be willing to give them one more shot.

I just got an Atrix2 on AT&T, and if this lands on AT&T any time soon, I am gonna cry like a schoolgirl! That is one sweet device, and if the quality of my son's Sony Play is in this device, this will be a must have item. Looks to be truly a sweet offering from Sony.

I've got a question wich phone company in the United States is HSPA so I can look for it when it comes out in that company and buy it please reply

T-Mobile and AT&T are both HSPA (but AT&T also has LTE which is supposedly faster)

I didn't know it was missing a microSD slot...looks like a great phone otherwise...and if it's smaller in size than the Galaxy Nexus that'd be icing...

Why does every phone maker choose to nerf their product in some way? Do they just not want us to buy them? It is maddening.

This sounds like it would be a great phone IF it had a micro SD slot. WTF doesn't it? How much could it possibly cost to add that (even if it was $10+ more, I don't think it would reduce their sales)? If there is no micro SD slot then a phone needs at least 64GB of internal storage to make up for it.

And there is no point in people replying who don't store a lot of music and other data on their phones and don't need the space, and only want to complain about people like me who need the space. Even if you don't need a lot of space on the phone, it's always good to be able to pull your stored data out of the phone to plug it in elsewhere, such as if the phone becomes damaged. Sony has no excuse.