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Sony Xperia S Review: Sony’s first Android smartphone

Sony Xperia S

The Xperia S is the first smartphone in the Xperia NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony – which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The Android phone claims to deliver stunning viewing experiences with its high resolution display, and has a 12-megapixel rear camera that can go into camera mode from phone standby mode almost instantly to shoot your images. VR-Zone checks out the new Xperia S to see how good it is.

In 2001, Sony went into a joint venture with Ericsson to produce mobile devices under their co-brand – Sony Ericsson. The partnership lasted till February this year when the Japanese electronics maker announced that it would acquire Ericsson's share in the venture. Now, under Sony Mobile Communications, the company has unveiled their new device in the Xperia NXT series early this year at CES 2012; the NXT series is Sony's next generation smartphones. The Xperia S claims to be the company's first Android smartphone, and is the flagship model among the recently announced Xperia sola, Xperia P and Xperia U. It features a 4.3-inch Reality display with Sony's proprietary mobile BRAVIA engine and incorporates Near Field Communication.

Sony (or Sony Ericsson then) isn't the type who would strive to be the first manufacturer to launch devices with the latest features, like mobile processor and operating system. And it isn't surprising that the Xperia S is not incorporating a quad-core processor or Google Android 4.0 ICS, unlike some of the other manufacturers who have already announced and launched theirs.

  Sony Xperia S
CPU Qualcomm MSM 8260 1.5GHz dual-core processor
Memory 1GB
Screen 4.3-inch Reality Display with Sony mobile BRAVIA engine
Display Resolution 1280×720
Storage 32GB
Camera 12.1-megapixel rear with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro-USB,
  HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, aGPS, NFC, DLNA
Battery 1750mAh
Platform Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Dimensions 128 × 64 × 10.6mm
Weight 144g


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