If you’re willing to wait till the week starting March 5 to buy yourself a smart mobile phone, perhaps you may want to consider the Sony Xperia S. If you’re wondering what happened to “Ericsson”, well, Sony has bought them out.
Announced at CES 2012, the Sony Xperia S appears to be a pretty awesome device. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (and surprisingly, not Ice cream Sandwich).
Its 4.3” 720×1280 pixel resolution LCD touchscreen makes for sharp and clear pictures, a fact that is especially handy considering that it comes with a 12 megapixel camera on the rear. A 1.3 megapixel camera on the front enables you to use it for video chats.
It comes with Sony’s mobile Bravia engine that enhances clarity of image and brightness of colours displayed. It comes with HDLNA and HDMI capability. The Xperia S is powered by a 1900mAh battery.
In terms of form factor, the Sony Xperia S is not the slimmest phone around; the Motorola Razr and Samsung Galaxy S 2 are thinner. But then, the Xperia S is not really clunky and fat either.
O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Three will offer the Xperia S. Thus far at least, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile seem to be staying away. Phones4U carry the exclusive white version; elsewhere, you can only buy the black version of the phone.
At £467 (the price at Clove), it is expensive. A SIM-free version will probably cost you £420. It will be interesting to see how this phone fares in competition with the slew of quad core phones that are expected to be launched in March 2012.