Sony Xperia S, the first Sony smartphone

If the 4.6-inch Sony Xperia Ion won’t be made available outside AT&T, consumers will have to make do with the new Sony Xperia S, which is not bad at all. It’s basically the 4.3-inch version of the Sony Xperia Ion.

The Sony Xperia S is officially the first Sony smartphone, it belongs to the Xperia NXT Series which is basically the next-generation smartphone from Sony. The Xperia NXT refers to an iconic and instantly recognizable design that will be replicated across all handsets belonging to the Xperia NXT series. In the case of the Xperia S, it’s the transparent element at the base that provides illumination effects and integrates the antenna components.

Sony Xperia S

So what’s hot with the Sony Xperia S? Well first of all, the 4.3-inch display has a best-in-class 1280×720 HD screen resolution. Top that with Sony’s HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and you’re in for quite a treat whether your viewing HD videos on it or playing games with it.

Then it also sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB RAM to make sure apps and games will run smoothly and that it will be ready for the Ice Cream Sandwich update which will come soon afterwards. In the meantime, you’ll have to contented with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. For internal storage, you can play with 1 to 1.5GB space although you can slap in a 32GB microSD to expand it.

Sony Xperia SFinally, it also has a 12-megapixel camera that Sony claims can take a photo in just 1.5 seconds coming from standby mode. The camera also features Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor with an aperture that can go as low as f/2.4 for good indoor shots without the need of its flash. It can also record Full HD 1080p videos and take panoramic shots with its 3D Sweep Panorama function. For music, it has the Sony xLOUD engine audio filter technology for loud yet deep and clear bass.

Sony said that the Xperia S will be available to consumers globally in the 1st quarter of 2012 and the Ice Cream Sandwich update will arrive in Q2 of this year.

Sony Xperia S Specs:
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8260
Adreno 220 GPU
4.3″ Reality display with the Mobile Bravia Engine (1280 x 720 resolution)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1GB of RAM, 1 to 1.5GB internal storage, up to 32GB microSD
12-megapixel Exmor-R camera, f/2.4
1080 Full HD video recording at 30fps
1.3-megapixel front camera (720p)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, NFC
Bluetooth w/ A2DP
HDMI port
GPS w/ aGPS support
128.0 × 64.0 × 10.6 mm
5.1 oz
SRP: Php27,990
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  • Rigor Impossible

    At last, it’s goodbye ericsson now…
    It’s good to see a “Sony-only” branded cellphones!
    Bakit pa kasi ngayon lang binili ng sony ang shares ng ercisson. anyways at least it happened!

    • Calvin

      yeah mas may dating na pag pure Sony. hehehe.

      • aze

        dati kasi astig pa pag may ericson. ngayon lang baduy pakingan yun. naalala nyo dati nung wala pang mga smartphones

  • Roi

    This looks nice. Sayang hindi ICS on launch.

    • Calvin

      yeah…. so far nexus pa lang talaga ang native ICS

    • r41n

      when this phone is released, it would either be ICS built in or can be updated to ICS.

  • Griswold

    mama mia…. i want this phone. although parang sayang yung extra space sa bottom but the specs are awesome anyway.

    • r41n

      the extra space in the bottom is actually the mouthpiece.

  • Edsar

    Another expensive one. tsk tsk

    • Gman

      Yeah, Sony usually outs overpriced phones which are neither revolutionary or technically significant. But aesthetically it way up there.

      • Calvin

        actually i dont think the SE phones are overpriced at all. i mean right now they’re among the affordable yet well-made phones in the market.

  • Carl

    looks great! it’s stylish with an excellent hardware. Since this is a pure Sony smartphone, why is there a Sony Ericsson logo at the back? hehe

    • Calvin

      siguro to distinguish that it’s a sony mobile product? or baka mawawala when it comes out

  • Edward

    Wow! sana nga 1st quarter to i release…

    specs are good! ill definitely buy this one…

  • aze

    any idea about the battery specs neto?

    • Calvin

      no idea eh but i think it would fall in the 1400 – 1500mAh area

      • bb

        balita ko 1750mAh

  • Ceal89

    Time to upgrade my aging HTC Legend for this bad boy :-)

    • Calvin

      good choice

  • Djhay

    Me gausta! xD This will be my next phone..Sony brand naman ako..ang sexy kasi. xD

  • roderick lee

    ok ung camera nya na 12mp pero carl zeiss ba yan? at sana zenon ang flash about ang color display nya and frame per second (fps)?

  • extremej

    Meron na nito sa pinas?

  • Gman

    1 to 1.5GB internal storage sucks! Why can’t Sony be generous enough to give larger internal space. Some games and apps won’t allow SD saving.

    Anyway, aside from this small internal space, the extra black space after the chromed part below the handset sticks out like a sore thumb.