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.
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.
Finally, 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|
|GPS w/ aGPS support|
|128.0 × 64.0 × 10.6 mm|