Sony Xperia P and Xperia U touch down (from MWC 2012)

Sony Xperia P and Xperia U touch down (from MWC 2012)Sony has announced the Xperia P and Xperia U, the first new handsets to appear under the Sony Mobile Communications name after Sony's buyout of former partner Ericsson.

The duo join the Xperia S, which was announced at CES in January as a Sony Ericsson device, to form Sony's initial assault on its smartphone rivals.

Mobile World Congress 2012 may be the world's premier mobile event, but the 2012 edition has been marked by just about every high-profile handset set to launch at the event being either extensively leaked, or announced outright, in the weeks building up to the event.

Sony has been no exception – in fact its Xperia lineup has been so extensively leaked you'd be forgiven for thinking Sony had already launched them.

We'll start with the Xperia P (or the Nypon as we used to know it), which boasts a 4in Reality Display with WhiteMagic technology – digital wizardry which Sony says delivers the perfect level of brightness in any lighting conditions.

The chassis is a full aluminium unibody, and features the illuminated bar beneath the screen we were introduced to on the Xperia S at CES earlier in the year.

Under the surface, Sony has fitted a dual-core 1GHz processor, which seems fairly pedestrian given all the quad-core powerhouses doing the rounds at MWC this year.

The 8-megapixel camera boasts fast capture and HD recording abilites, while you get 16GB of storage to play with on board.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich hasn't managed to make the cut, so it'll be Gingerbread for now, but Sony says an update will appear sometime in Q2.

It's joined in the Xperia ranks by the Xperia U (previously the Kumquat), which offers a smaller 3.5in screen and drops the WhiteMagic visuals. The camera is also more modest at 5-megapixels, but music lovers are treated to the presence of xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technologies on board.

Like its bigger-screened compatriot you'll be tasting Gingerbread only at first, with Ice Cream Sandwich to follow down the line.

Sony has also debuted some new accessories to go with its new handsets. For the Xperia P comes the SmartDock, a multifunction docking station that can fling HD videos onto your TV and even control playback using your TV remote control. There's also a USB port on board, allowing you to hook up a keyboard and mouse and use the Xperia P as a mini-PC.

There's also the Smart Headset, which is designed to deliver maximum audio performance when plugged into any device, but also features a Smart Key for launching apps on your Sony handset with a single press.

Both the Xperia P and Xperia U are set to launch in the second quarter, while the 4.3in Xperia S announced at CES is now set to go on sale in Europe and around the world after its US debut in January.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 26, 2012 at 20:05

Some lovely details

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Treab  Feb. 26, 2012 at 20:45

what a waste. one step behind as usual. common sony we saw this last year hell even huawei managed to make their own quad core phone.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 26, 2012 at 20:59

what a waste. one step behind as usual. common sony we saw this last year hell even huawei managed to make their own quad core phone.
Yes, it looks like they got a grip on the hardware/build, but stagnated in other areas...

krogothnx  Feb. 27, 2012 at 13:05

I was actually really interested in buying one until i realised that it's not one of the new Krait S4 processors. iirc it's basically the same processor that's currently in the Sensation/Sensation XE.

I don't mind it only being dual core, the problem is it's now an outdated dual core at that.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 01:16

I was actually really interested in buying one until i realised that it's not one of the new Krait S4 processors. iirc it's basically the same processor that's currently in the Sensation/Sensation XE.

I don't mind it only being dual core, the problem is it's now an outdated dual core at that.


I had an X10...for 3 days. What a turkey. Then I gave them another chance with the Arc...what a pretty turkey... Never again Sony Ericsson, or Sony, or Ericsson, or Xperia...

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