Sony Mobile introduces Xperia P and Xperia U handsets

Sony Mobile Communications announced the latest range of Xperia NXT series handsets earlier today at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona. The new additions to the series are the Xperia P and the Xperia U, the news comes just as Sony begins to sell their top-end Xperia S handset across Europe.

As expected, both new handsets follow similar design principles started with the Xperia S handset, which was first shown off last month. The look of all three devices helps set it apart from other smartphones on the market at the moment.

The main standout design feature of NXT series is the transparent element towards the bottom of the handsets. The Xperia U takes this area one step further with the option to have this transparent area illuminate with colors that match both your album art or the color of your photos.

The Xperia P is the first mobile device from Sony which features their “WhiteMagic” display technology, which is supposed to allow the brightest viewing experience no matter where you are, while conserving battery life.

The Xperia P will also have the option of a SmartDock which will allow you to turn your phone into an entertainment hub of sorts, letting you display HD views, music, movies and more on your TV.

Xperia P key features:

  • 4” Reality Display with WhiteMagic technology, which automatically adjusts, screen brightness to the surroundings to conserve battery life.
  • Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP camera with fast capture and HD recording
  • 16GB flash storage
  • NFC enabled with HDMI and DLNA connectivity
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during Q2 2012

Xperia U key features:

  • Transparent element, which illuminates to match the color of photos and album art. The handset can also be personalised with exchangeable caps and themes.
  • 3.5” Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 5MP camera with fast capture and HD recording
  • xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during Q2 2012
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The interface is one of the nicest I have seen. They don't get much credit for it.
HTC Sense gets a lot of undeserved attention, even though this is a lot better, both visually and in intuitive aspect.

Sony/Sony Ericsson is one of the best mobile manufacturers. They post betas of ICS, provide Kernel Sources .etc as soon as a rom/build is released and post in the xda-developers xperia sections. They actually take an interest in the users and all Xperia 2011 models are up to date and are getting ICS. Thats not bad compared to some manufacturers.