Xperia

We just heard what Sony had to tell us at Mobile World Congress, and while there was no one "big" announcement they did have a lot to say. The spent a good portion of the time telling us how the buyout of Sony Ericsson would lead to better, more connected products and how it would improve Sony by unifying their products and media company-wide. With things like a dedicated Movie and Music service from the entertainment group and games from the Playstation Network available on all Sony devices with a screen, we're going to have to agree -- Sony is a name to watch in 2012.

On the smartphone side, we had a good look at the Xperia Ion -- Sony's LTE device with a 4.6-inch HD display. Previously announced for AT&T in the United States, we learned that it will be selling world-wide soon. We'll be sure to keep an eye on that. We also had another look at the Xperia P and Xperia U, two stunners in their own right that we'll be seeing sometime in the second quarter of 2012. Last but not least, we were told that the Xperia S would be available starting today (Feb. 26) at the Sony store in Barcelona. 

It looks to be an exciting year for Sony, and they plan to launch their biggest advertising campaign ever for the Xperia line worldwide. Alex is on the floor getting some hands-on time with the phones, and we'll be sure to share with you.  

Xperia NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony 26 February, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona

Sony Mobile Communications today unveiled the latest additions to its Xperia™ NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony, the new Xperia P and Xperia U. In addition, Xperia S, the ultimate HD smartphone, is now shipping to markets across the globe, with first sales in the Sony Style store in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress. Xperia P and Xperia U will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of this year.

Xperia NXT series – a connected entertainment experience

Incorporating the best of Sony technology and premium entertainment, the Xperia NXT series is a cornerstone of Sony’s connected experience. With easy connectivity, consumers can enjoy and share content on whichever screen best suits them, whether it’s their smartphone, TV, laptop or tablet.

With the next generation of smartphone design from Sony, the Xperia NXT series has a look that is instantly recognisable. These smartphones have intriguing design features including the “transparent element”, a band that encircles the base of the phone and also integrates invisible antenna components. The transparent element illuminates when receiving calls, texts and notifications.

The new User Interface (UI) follows the same design principles and enhances the Android™ experience – offering rich applications and content with a simple and clean look. A new album, video player and music player will deliver compelling entertainment experiences and the new UI design also allows consumers to access their favourite application direct from the lock-screen.

Xperia P and Xperia U boast Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine for razor-sharp clarity, along with fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap in little over a second with a single key press. Both smartphones come with powerful 1 GHz dual-core processors for super fast performance.

As with Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U connect consumers to premium entertainment experiences with access to the Sony Entertainment Network*. Out of the box, consumers can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on Video Unlimited or listen to millions and millions of songs** through Music Unlimited.

Xperia P – ultra-bright viewing experience

With a full aluminium unibody design, Xperia P debuts WhiteMagic™ display technology from Sony for the first time on a smartphone. WhiteMagic technology delivers the brightest viewing experience; whether at the beach or on the ski slopes. Smart power efficiency automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to the surroundings to conserve battery life.

The new SmartDock, exclusively for Xperia P, offers simple connectivity to multiple screens, turning the smartphone into an entertainment hub for the living room. Using a TV remote control, consumers can easily navigate their smartphone's media content to watch their HD videos, the latest movies or favourite TV shows on the big screen. With USB support in the SmartDock, they can also use a wireless keyboard and mouse to write emails, browse and post on Facebook or watch videos from YouTube on their TV.

Xperia U - powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design

Xperia U combines powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design that consumers can personalise inside and out. With xLoud™ and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, consumers will enjoy a crisp and loud sound experience. They can also stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speakers with a touch using DLNA.

In Xperia U, the transparent element illuminates to match the colour of photos viewed in the gallery or the album art of music tracks currently playing. Xperia U can also be personalised with exchangeable caps and themes to reflect consumers’ personality and mood.

Consumers listening to music on their Xperia U can also enjoy improved sound quality with the stylish new Smart Headset for Android smartphones, which features SmartKey – a dedicated application launch key that consumers press once to launch a favourite app.


Xperia P Specifications

  4” Reality Display with WhiteMagic technology
  Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  1 GHz dual-core processor
  8MP camera with fast capture and HD recording
  16GB flash storage
  NFC enabled with HDMI and DLNA connectivity
  Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  Will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during Q2 2012


Xperia U Specifications

  3.5” Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  1 GHz dual-core processor
  5MP camera with fast capture and HD recording
  xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology
  Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  Will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during Q2 2012

 
There are 5 comments

moises1204 says:

they better start selling this devices not just on at&t but on every us carrier if they want to compete.

xx_blam_xx says:

I'd be more excited if it was the Xperia S that was being sold worldwide, as in sold in the US, as well. It's such a great design; I'd much rather that than the Ion, to be perfectly honest. Maybe some other carrier will get a version of the S.

Seriously need something better than the PLAY for Verizon. Hopefully Verizon orders the ION.

bgexpress says:

Does this mean the Xperia ion should be out on AT&T within a month?

Any pictures of the devices? I don't get to visually excited over words.