Sony Ericsson was a known brand for over a decade already and also a big player in the mobile industry, but the two companies’ partnership came to an end when Sony bought Ericsson’s stakes on its joint venture last month.
And to begin Sony’s solo venture, the company released its first ever Sony-branded smartphone in the competition, the Sony Xperia S. In the Xperia lineup, this is actually the successor to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.
Sony Xperia S was first seen at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012) and was also showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) just last month. It’s now available in selected countries; but unfortunately we still have to see the official launch here in the Philippines. But for those who can’t wait to get their hands on this device, the folks over at Widget City have it for Php 28,500!
Update: WC dropped its price of the Sony Xperia S to Php 25,900 hours after this post was published!
The Sony Xperia S couldn’t be just your typical high-end smartphone with hardware specs similar from other brands like its 1GB RAM, 32GB storage, and the Snapdragon S3 chip (also used in HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE, Samsung GALAXY S II) with 1.5GHz processor and Adreno 220 GPU.
What separate the Sony Xperia S from other brands is the 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which I think has the highest pixel density (342ppi) in any smartphone today, plus there’s that mobile BRAVIA engine for high-definition display that Sony promised to produce “color like no other”. We have seen the same 12MP camera in any other handsets and though the Xperia S features the same pixel count, Sony uses its own Exmor R sensor that is promised to allow photography enthusiasts and hobbyists create smooth and high-quality images in low light settings, including night scenes – as well as recording full HD videos at 1080p. Interestingly, Sony Xperia S features a 1.3MP front-facing camera and better yet, it also can record HD videos at 720p. Perhaps the use of NFC technology isn’t mainstream in the country yet, but if it has to be considered – Sony has enabled such feature on Xperia S to be used with the Xperia SmartTags. And lastly, I think Sony’s design for Xperia S is a winner as well, with the frontage showing off the entirety of the display and the transparent-illuminating strip at the base makes the handset looks even sexier.
The only drawback I see on this handset though is it won’t get the latest version of Android OS out of the box, but Sony promised an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the next quarter.
Sony Xperia S Specs
Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread)
1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor
4.3-inch (1280 x 720) pixels capacitive TS display, with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
32GB internal storage, no microSD expansion
12MP AF camera with LED Flash, Sony Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor
1080p Full HD video recording
1.3MP front camera, 720p video recording
3G (HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps)
GPS, A-GPS with GLONASS
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR
3.5mm audio jack
1750mAh Li-Ion battery
128 x 64 x 10.6 mm