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Sony Introduces Xperia P and Xperia U Android Phones

During Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Sony introduced the Xperia P and Xperia U smartphones, the latest additions to its Xperia NXT series. The phones will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of this year, and will follow the release of the larger Xperia S smartphone which is now shipping to markets across the globe.

"With the next generation of smartphone design from Sony, the Xperia NXT series has a look that is instantly recognizable," the company said on Monday. "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 Sony Xperia P will feature a 4-inch Reality Display that's powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine for razor-sharp clarity, and WhiteMagic display technology for an "ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience." Other highlights will consist of a 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core SoC, 16 GB of flash storage (up to 13 GB user-accessible memory), an 8MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic image, and Near Field Communication technology. Content can be shared via DLNA support and HDMI output.

"With a full aluminum unibody design, Xperia P debuts WhiteMagic display technology from Sony for the first time on a smartphone," Sony said on Monday. "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."

As for the Xperia U, the phone will come packed with a 3.5-inch Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and a 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core SoC. Other features will include 512 MB or RAM, 8 GB of internal storage (up to 6 GB user-accessible), a 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images, and xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology.

"Xperia U combines powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design that consumers can personalize inside and out," Sony said. "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."

The Xperia P will be available in silver, black and red, all with an aluminum unibody. It will launch in 2Q12 with Android 2.3 "Gingerbread," but will eventually be upgraded to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich." The Xperia U will be available in white or black, with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box. This phone also launches in 2Q12 with Android 2.3, upgradeable to 4.0 at a later date.