Sony Mobile has unveiled two smartphones under its Xperia NXT series – named Xperia P and Xperia U. In addition, Sony has announced that its Xperia S HD smartphone is now shipping to markets across the globe, with first sales in the Sony Style store in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress. Xperia S was announced during Consumer Electronic Show 2011. The Mobile Indian has also done a first hand review of the handset; to read the same click here
Xperia P and Xperia U will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of this year.
“With the next generation of smartphone design from Sony, the Xperia NXT series has a look that is instantly recognisable. 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,” Sony said in a press release.
The handsets come with a new user interface (UI) which, as per the company, offers rich applications and content with a simple and clean look. A new album, video player and music player will allow consumers to access their favourite application direct from the lock-screen.
Xperia P and Xperia U boast Reality Display powered by Mobile Bravia Engine along with fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap in little over a second with a single key press. Both smartphones come with powerful 1 GHz dual-core processors for super fast performance.
As with Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U have access to Sony’s Entertainment Network. Out of the box, consumers can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on Video Unlimited or listen to millions and millions of songs through Music Unlimited.
With a full aluminium unibody design, Xperia P debuts WhiteMagic display technology from Sony for the first time on a smartphone. “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,” Sony explained.
The handset comes with a new exclusive SmartDock feature that offers simple connectivity to multiple screens, turning the smartphone into an entertainment hub for the living room. Using a TV remote control, consumers can easily navigate their smartphone’s media content to watch their HD videos, the latest movies or favourite TV shows on the big screen. With USB support in the SmartDock, they can also use a wireless keyboard and mouse to write emails, browse and post on Facebook or watch videos from YouTube on their TV.
Besides, it has 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with fast capture and HD recording, 16 GB flash storage, NFC enabled with HDMI and DLNA connectivity.
The smartphone is based on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform but Sony has assured to upgrade it to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during Q2 2012.
Xperia U comes with xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, which enables consumers to enjoy crisp and loud sound experience. They can also stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speakers with a touch using DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance).
In Xperia U, the transparent element illuminates to match the colour of photos viewed in the gallery or the album art of music tracks currently playing. Xperia U can also be personalised with exchangeable caps and themes to reflect consumers’ personality and mood.
Consumers listening to music on their Xperia U can also enjoy improved sound quality with the stylish new Smart Headset for Android smartphones, which features SmartKey – a dedicated application launch key that consumers press once to launch a favourite app.
The 3.5 inch display based Xperia U comes with 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera with fast capture and HD recording, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. Like Xperia P, it will also be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during Q2 2012.