Sony Ericsson introduce the Sony Xperia S

Missing our radar slightly throughout all of our CES coverage Sony Ericsson have announced a new addition to their well received range on Android based mobile phones.

Despite being a Sony Ericsson device, the Xperia S will be “Sony” branded and is classed as the “first Sony smartphone”. The smartphone will become part of Sony’s new Xperia NXT series of mobile devices with a number of new products expected to be released from the company over the next year or so.

The Xperia S features:

  • 4.3 inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • HD resolution screen (1280 × 720)
  • Front (720p) and back (1080p) cameras for HD recording
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 32GB flash storage
  • 12MP back camera
  • Sony Exmor R™ for mobile
  • Fastest Capture to take shots in just 1.5 seconds directly from standby mode
  • NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags

With HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and using BRAVIA Sync for controlling your Xperia S with your TV remote control when connected to the TV

The phone will also be another in the line of “PlayStation certified” devices, which allow access to the PlayStation store, and a host of PlayStation certified games and applications.

The Xperia S is set to be released sometime during the next couple of months, despite this the device will not launch with Google’s Android 4.0 operating system code named Ice Cream Sandwich, the company say that it will receive an over the air update to the new OS sometime in the second quarter of the year.

The Xperia S looks like another strong good-looking device from a company that has been improving both the design and feel of their smartphones for sometime. How it will hold up against ever increasing competition in the Android based phone market is anyone’s guess, but Sony are clearly still putting all their eggs into Google’s basket rather than looking towards Windows Phone.

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Good looking phone. However, Sony Ericsson phones are always locked down, I still don't think custom Firmwares can be loaded onto the X1. So screw that.

But god it looks nice.

Not enough to cancel my Galaxy Nexus order. Or move from my Galaxy s II.

Nashy said,
Good looking phone. However, Sony Ericsson phones are always locked down, I still don't think custom Firmwares can be loaded onto the X1. So screw that.

But god it looks nice.

Not enough to cancel my Galaxy Nexus order. Or move from my Galaxy s II.


Lol. The X1 came with Windows Mobile and can even run Android by now. The X10 has an active ROM-community and has Cyanogenmod. All the 2011 Xperia models (and all future models) have a fully unlockable bootloader. And Sony is giving developers of custom roms free devices, and they're releasing some of their drivers for use in custom roms.

Your argument is invalid.

Its surprising that AFAIK, other than the Galaxy Nexus, there is currently no device shipping or set to have at launch Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" 4.0

oh god that looks good. 12mp camera is amazing! My xperia neo has a 8mp camera which is nice but this could finally break the leap into not needing to take a camera with you every again (unless you've got a dslr of course)

Crender said,
oh god that looks good. 12mp camera is amazing! My xperia neo has a 8mp camera which is nice but this could finally break the leap into not needing to take a camera with you every again (unless you've got a dslr of course)

The camera looks a good step up from the Xperia Arc and thats a good sign, especially as the Arc had a great quality camera anyway

Unfortunately marred only by sony ****ty compression. My phone the neo and the arc both have the same camera as an iphone 4s yet the xperias compress the photo's down to about 500kb each and the result looks terrible on anything but your cellphone screen. This has been a major problem since release and as sony hasn't released the driver code it still can't be fixed. We are hoping they sort it out in ICS.....

Crender said,
oh god that looks good. 12mp camera is amazing! My xperia neo has a 8mp camera which is nice but this could finally break the leap into not needing to take a camera with you every again (unless you've got a dslr of course)

It can have 1000000000000000mp; The lens is what is important.

It's nice to see Sony (Ericsson) going back to the good ol' values, by which I mean the camera (remembering the K800 and the K850), I'm sure others will follow the example and use better camera sensors on their phones.

Ambroos said,
http://youtu.be/k1rPXqd6V30

Have a look at that awesome UI. I'll take that skin on Gingerbread over any ICS (or Touchwiz or Sense crap) any day!

That demo phone is Sony Ericsson branded, not just Sony like this article claims. Just something I noticed.

Tjcool007 said,
Looks great.
Too bad it only has 1GB internal memory

It actually has 16/32 GB of internal memory. 1GB of RAM is more than enough for an Android Smartphone.

Ambroos said,

You are wrong. The eMMC = integrated memory. The Xperia S will come with either 16GB/32GB internal memory, and NO MEMORY CARD SLOT AT ALL.

Ah I see, "Embedded" Learned something new today then. (It's quite a confusing way to state it though).
Sorry if my comment annoyed you

FMH said,
Woah, now that's the most attractive UI I have seen on any Android device.
It's neat.

WOW! I'm a iPhone user, and this is the first phone what caught my eye, both specifications and design, also the UI looks clean and neat. Still happy with my iphone for now. If in the futute i choose to get another kind of phone , my first choose will be this one!

FMH said,
Woah, now that's the most attractive UI I have seen on any Android device.
It's neat.

Timescape (what Sony calls their UI) is by far the best Android skin, not just by looks, but it's performance is awesome. Snappy like WP7 or iOS, on Android. yeah, you read that right, on Android. If you are not a heavy user you can squeeze 3-4 days on a single charge on the Xperia Arc. It's *that* good.

Really? I get 48 hours on my phone if I only use it to text and have wireless and data switch off. Also I turned timescape off on mine after a few days, it was annoying, and got extremely slow to browse through once It was full of more than a few hundred facebook and text messages.

gonchuki said,

Timescape (what Sony calls their UI) is by far the best Android skin, not just by looks, but it's performance is awesome. Snappy like WP7 or iOS, on Android. yeah, you read that right, on Android. If you are not a heavy user you can squeeze 3-4 days on a single charge on the Xperia Arc. It's *that* good.

It's called UX-interface not Timescape. Timescape is an app which is part of that interface.

gonchuki said,

Timescape (what Sony calls their UI) is by far the best Android skin, not just by looks, but it's performance is awesome. Snappy like WP7 or iOS, on Android. yeah, you read that right, on Android. If you are not a heavy user you can squeeze 3-4 days on a single charge on the Xperia Arc. It's *that* good.

Yep, I can second that. By just doing 30 or so emails, texts and an hour of phone calls, I manage to squeeze about 3 days on my Arc.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
The first Android phone that tempted me since Nexus S.
Now thats a phone I'm talking about

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Its seriously gorgeous

Quit spaming.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
The first Android phone that tempted me since Nexus

Hope it will not have Sony-only cr#p like MemorySticks, etc.

emt said,

Hope it will not have Sony-only cr#p like MemorySticks, etc.

Sony (Ericsson) stopped doing that a long time ago. In fact, this one will not have a memory card slot at all.