Archive for February, 2012

Sony Xperia S available or UK pre-order

UK shoppers on the hunt for a new smartphone can now pre-order the Sony Xperia S. The device is the first one to be announced after Sony dropped the Ericsson name from its devices. A lot rides on it as it is Sony’s chance to prove it is one of the big hitters in the mobile market place and can take on the likes of Apple and Samsung. The handset can be pre-ordered on O2, Orange, T Mobile and Vodafone monthly contracts.

The first contracts to be listed for the Xperia S online have the handset on a monthly contract from £21.50 a month in a deal that throws in100 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data every month.

The pricing plan is perhaps cheaper than some might have expected but it certainly makes what is an impressive handset competitively priced. The device includes a 4.3 inch HD screen powered by Sony Bravia technology. It runs with a 1.5GHz dual core processor that should make it a fast and powerful device. There is also a 12 megapixel camera on the back complete with Sony’s Exmor R backlit sensor, making it one of the best on the market. The camera can record at 1080p HD video and there is a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front or video calling. Under the bonnet there is 1GB of RAM and a choice of either 16GB or 32 GB of storage. There is also a micro SD slot offering the chance of even more.

The only disappointment has been the operating system. The device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.Sony had announced all of its Xperia range would be receiving the operating system upgrade in the first half of this year. It seems strange that they wouldn’t include an existing upgrade on their new flagship device that heralds a next generation of devices.

There have been a lot of smartphone lovers eager to get their hands on Sony’s new device. When it was announced at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show back in January it was first expected the device would be available from the end of January. Then it was assumed it would be in March.With pre-orders available from this week it suggests that the handset will be on the shelves sooner rather than later, promising a good second quarter for Sony.

The Xperia S promises to be the first in a NXT range of handsets that take on Sony’s popular Xperia range that included the Arc and the Play and just make them a little better. The Xperia range was popular as it tapped into the different ways people use their devices, be it for mainly media and gaming or social networking and email. Each handset was branded and designed to attract a particular market. It’s likely that Sony will follow the same path for the upgraded series. Watch this space.