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SUP? Sony Mobile adds Xperia U and Xperia P to its ‘NXT’ 2012 Android phone line-up.

February 26, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

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Sony Mobile Communications is “100% Sony” now according to CEO Bert Nordberg, and the now officially-independent company is looking to accelerate the momentum started at CES. With that, the company announced integrated game and media devices now that it has full control of its phone, digital imaging, and gaming solutions.

Sony today confirmed the introduction of two new Xperia NXT series of phones. The company already debuted the Xperia S at CES, which is shipping in select markets now for consumers who wish to purchase it unlocked. The S is now joined by the Xperia U and Xperia P, so let’s see see what’sup with each of the new phones.

Xperia P

The Xperia P and the Xperia S seem to have a great deal in common at first glance, but there are noticeable differences in screen size, cameras, and display technology. The Xperia P, like all of the new phones from Sony Mobile, is PlayStation-certified and has a dual-core processor, so it should be more than capable.

  • 4″ Reality Display with powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • WhiteMagic™ display technology for an ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance with 16GB flash storage.
  • 8MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Easy HDMI and DLNA connectivity to share content on any screen.
  • NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access a growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags. This allows users to tap on a physical NFC tag to automatically turn on GPS, launch a running app, and begin playing music.
  • Available in a choice of silver, black and red, all with an aluminium unibody.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.
  • Supports the Xperia SmartDock that we demoed at CES. It also supports a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Xperia U

The Xperia U is designed to be a more compact, media-friendly device. It’s specs are not as impressive as the high-end models, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a midrange device. It’s more fair and accurate to say that this is a solid phone aiming for people put-off by the so-called “super phone” era of big screens.

  • 3.5″ Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.
  • 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Crisp and loud listening with xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology.
  • Available in a choice of white or black, with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.