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Sony Xperia S hands-on: will this phone capture or break my heart? [Video]

January 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

Sony Mobile


Just a few hours ago, I said that the Sony Xperia Ion was a phone worth keeping an eye on. But that was only for AT&T customers. If you aren’t an AT&T subscriber, or are one and willing to consider jumping ship at some point, here’s another device that’s really worth tracking.

The Sony Xperia S is frisking gorgeous. I’m forcing myself to contain my excitement because Sony has hurt me before with a flashy piece of hardware that didn’t meet the hype, but we’re off to a good start here. Sony has given the 4.3 screen a high resolution that looks exceptional. It’s based on the Bravia engine, the same kind of technology that powers Sony’s television.

All of the credentials look great for this particular device, except for the software. Sony has a customized version of Android 2.3 with promises to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. My father use to tell me that a promise is a comfort to a fool (an old saying) and I’ve been burned by companies over-promising in the past. For now, let’s just say that things are off to a good start. Take a look at the hands-on video below because there are some very interesting specs. (more specs below the video)

  • Xperia™ S smartphone from Sony®
  • Available globally in select markets from the end of the first quarter 2012
  • 4.3 inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine with HD resolution screen (1280 x 720) for a stunning viewing experience
  • Front (1080p) and back (720p) cameras for HD recording
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download
  • 12MP back camera with Sony Exmor R™ for mobile along with Fastest Capture to take shots in just 1.5 seconds from standby
  • NFC enabled to access growing range of NFC applications and services
  • With HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA Sync, Xperia S can quickly and easily stream content for a full HD experience on TV
  • PlayStation™ Certified guaranteeing a high quality smartphone gaming experience and access to the PlayStation Store
  • Android™ powered smartphone featuring a new design with unique transparent element at the base of the phone
  • Launching on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread) Xperia S will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter 2012
  • Offered in colour choices of black or white (may vary by market)