Right after Sony’s announcement of their Ericsson buy-out a few months ago, we wondered when Sony’s new, non-Ericsson branded smartphones would hit the market and by extension, what would happen to the staff and personnel of Sony-Ericsson Philippines. Well, that particular question was answered in their event earlier today, where the firm officially released four devices to the Philippines: the Sony Xperia S, U, P and Sola.
The headline device of the entire shindig was definitely the Sony Xperia S. The S sports a large, 4.3-inch LED display that has a pixel density of 342 ppi, which is one of the highest in its class. That particular display is encased in a body that’s extremely solid and quite pretty, if we do say so ourselves.
Powering the S is a dual-core, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor. While the choice of processor isn’t bad per se, it pales in comparison to other, higher-end devices that’s been popping up in the past few months which use faster, quad-core processors.
Another point against the Xperia S is the use of Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread. Again, while Gingerbread is one of the most stable (and currently widely used) version of Android out now, we would expected the Xperia S to at least have ICS, though in Sony’s defense they did say that the S will get an update to Android 4.0 in the near future.
Next on the Xperia line-up is the Xperia P. The P slots in the middle of the entire line-up, and externally looks a like lot the S. Come to think of it, the entire Xperia line-up looks eerily familiar to each other, with only the screen and the color of the lower piece of plastic being the major differences externally between the three.
The screen clocks in about 4-inches and is an LED backlit capacitive deal. The processor is a dual-core, 1 GHz deal, and the whole thing is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The runt of the litter is the Xperia U. Again externally the U looks awfully familiar to its bigger brothers, and is only differentiated by the size of the screen (3.5-inches for the U) and the color of the lower strip of plastic. The U is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and Android 2.3.
Prices for the different devices are as follows: The Sony Xperia S will retail for Php 27,990, the Xperia P will retail for Php 22,990. The Xperia U goes for Php 13,990.
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