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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.

  • erunion
    A press release. Yawn.
  • rantoc
    Bye bye high quality Ericsson phones that work for years, you will be missed!
  • Ragnar-Kon
    erunionA press release. Yawn.I wouldn't really call it "Yawn," but each to their own I guess. The real question is why you bothered posting if you found it so boring.

    Anyway, will be nice to have another playing in the Android world if Sony can come back into the market. Their last couple of Android phones weren't a hit in the Americas and sold poorly in Europe, so should be interesting to see if these phones can make a dent in the HTC/Samsung/Motorola empire.
  • STE? the E part it's it's Sony outside ,Sony Ericsson inside...
  • kinggraves
    These Sony phones feature a price tag no competitors can match and amazing features that you may someday see as well as the jaw dropping ability to remove features promised on the box. Sony products are truly in a league of their own!
  • belardo
    Sony bought out/off Ericsson. I've been using SONY phones for years, only went to Samsung for Android... great screen, crappy ergonomics and crappier support. So I'm debating Nokia 800 series or these new SONY phones. I *STILL* use my old broken SONY phone for an Alarm clock because Samsung uses weak-ass speakers.

    I like how SONY is going back to their illumination style... when the phone rings/alarm goes off - the phone LIGHTS UP, making it easy to find in the dark. Remember WEAK Samsung, sometimes I face it down to make it louder for the Alarm... can't see the phone at night. The White screen on my SONY blows my Samsung out of the water in brightness... hands down.

    I'm sick of Android, 2.3 has good points and stupid crap that Apple would never do. Maybe 4.0 fixes a lot of stupidity.

    A nice feature on my OLD SONY (4 years old), without unlocking the phone (its a slider) I an see what time it IS and when the next alarm is going to go off. On my Hi-tech 2.3 Android phone... have to unlock it, click on CLOCK icon, click on Alarms... oh there it is!
    Come on, got this 4" screen... no room for the alarm?

    Android 2.3 - they removed SILENT from the notification screen and stuck in AIRPLANE mode?! What Fracking idiot came up with that STUPID IDEA?! Many of us go to the theater far more than fly. So now its only the HOLD POWER BUTTON to access Silent mode, which is easy to slip and hit Airplane... so you MISS TEXT and phone calls. $#@%*!

    WP8 or Android 4.0...
  • omega21xx
    Sounds nice, but I don't think this phone will catch on. Sony needs to work on something/feature that makes it worth getting in their phones. Right now, playing PSX games on your phone isn't all that interesting.
  • eddieroolz
    A modest hardware set wrapped in a gorgeous shell. If I was on the market for a stylish Android phone, this would rank high.