As Sony Mobile chops the Ericsson from their name, the Xperia revolution begins. For 2012, the Japanese based company have three alphabetically named releases planned for the UK. Due for summer release, the Sony Xperia P and Xperia U join forces with CES announced Sony Xperia S, to become the ultimate triple team to take on the mass smartphone market. Here’s our verdict of the Sony Xperia range and why there’s an Xperia for every type of smartphone user.
Sony Xperia Display
The Sony Xperia range caters for across the board for size. If you love you’re media blown up and supersized, the Sony Xperia S towers above with its 4.3 inch screen. The Sony Xperia U offers a comfortable pocket sized smartphone with 3.5 inches; the same sized display as an Apple iPhone 4S. For those sat on the fence, the Sony Xperia P caters for the happy medium of 4.0 inches.
Interesting Extra: The Sony Xperia P display uses Magic White technology. This newly developed technology, adds a fourth White pixel to the conventional red, green and blue pixels seen on most screens. The difference? Instead of using three colour pixels to generate a white dot, the Sony Xperia P needs a single Magic White 4th pixel. This means efficient picture brightness without a drain on battery life. When outdoors, White Magic technology doubles the brightness of your display without the use of additional power.
Sony Xperia Exterior
Sleek and attractive, the Sony Xperia range shows off a minimalistic design which helps place emphasis upon the stylish buttons and navigation. Though all carry an eye-catching and transparent LED illuminated strip which lights up for incoming calls and texts, each Xperia is unique within the range. The Sony Xperia P presents itself within an aluminium unibody case; perfect for a lightweight yet sturdy design.
Interesting Extra: The Sony Xperia U is by far the most eye-catching of the trio. Its transparent LED strip lights up to match the most dominant colour on the display. With an included colour cap for the base of the phone, you can shout out your mood for the day. The black Sony Xperia P comes with an additional pink cap, the white version offers yellow as its alternative tone.
Sony Xperia OS and power
All three Sony Xperia’s are built and buckled up for Android. Though the Sony Xperia S runs off the warmly baked Android Gingerbread OS, Sony have full intentions to serve up the supercool Ice Cream Sandwich before summer. Given the Sony Xperia P and U aren’t to be released until this phase, they may come preloaded with Android ICS or will be upgradeable out of the box.
With muscled up dual core processors under the bonnet all the Sony Xperia handsets are great for multitasking and running the latest version of Android. The Sony Xperia S wins outsprints last year’s Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation with an explosive 1.5 GHz dual core processor; some 25% faster over its rivals. Even the middle tiered Sony Xperia P and U have 1.2 and 1.0 GHz dual core processors have more than enough juice to juggle your everyday tasks with ease whilst streaming a movie.
Entertainment on the Sony Xperia
As if the extensive resources available from Android’s Google Play weren’t enough (450,000 apps, 3 million books, millions of songs and thousands of movies), Sony Xperia handsets come with access to the Sony Entertainment Network. With a six month free trial to Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited, enjoy access to over 15 million music tracks, and 80,000 movies; it’s a truly phenomenal amount which should satisfy any audio addict or film buff. Sony Xperia devices are also crammed with DLNA connectivity, so you can wirelessly hook up your smartphone with multimedia devices such as TV’s, laptops and audio systems for that true home entertainment experience.
Interesting Extra: The Sony Xperia S smartphone is PlayStation Certified, giving you access to one of the greatest games console franchises of all time. With a whole host of PS1 titles available such as Crash Bandicoot, the Sony Xperia S is a thumbs up for gaming addicts who’ll enjoy the fast paced action load with smoothness and grace thanks to the dual core 1.5GHz dual core processor.
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We compare camera features, social sharing and NFC capabilities in part 2 of our Sony Xperia range review.