After the ditching the “Sony Ericsson” clan, Sony unveiled their very first non-SE smartphone, the Xperia S (previously known as the Nozomi), which is also considered to be the company’s first-ever dual-core device!


Sony, as a smartphone company, is said to emphasize the screen, wanting to make it, as much as possible, realistic yet simplistic. They wanted that every pixel, from its shadow to reflection to texture, would be perfect. No doubt the new Xperia S features a whopping 4.3-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixel resolution.

Aside from the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the Xperia S also boasts 1GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage (but no expansion option).

It also packs an eye-opener 12-megapixel autofocus camera with Sony’s Exmor R backlit senor, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calls.


Unfortunately, the Xperia S comes out with last year’s Android Gingerbread OS but Sony promised to have it updated with the Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter of 2012.

The Xperia S will be available in the US at the end of the first quarter of 2012 in two colors — silver and black. No word yet on its availability and retail pricing in the Philippines.

Sony Xperia S specs:

Sony Xperia S Philippines
DIMENSIONS 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm (144 g)
DISPLAY 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Timescape UI; Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
MEMORY 16/32 GB internal storage
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
Bluetooth, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA 12 MP, 4000×3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer
1.3 MP, 720p@30fps (Secondary)
FEATURES Dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor
Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread) to be upgraded to ICS
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1750 mAh
COLORS Black, Silver

Update (March 11): Sony Xperia S unofficially lands in the Philippines! Read more »

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