Friday, April 13, 2012

Sony Xperia S - First Look Review (FLR)

After the break between Sony and Ericson Mobiles in Feb 2012, the japanese company entered into the market with its own SONY brand image in the from of a series of mobiles under the label Xperia. They claim that Xperia lineup is one among the outcome of the NXT series, the future smart phones made of imagination. The first one of the series is Xperia S, the savior of the brand image given its tech specs.

Features :

Runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. (ICS update promised by Sony by Q2 2012)
4.3” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine.
1.5 GHz Dual core processor
12 MP camera with Fast Capture
PlayStation certified smartphone from Sony
Mind blowing design
Experience all in HD - higher pixel density than Apple's Retina Display

Full Specification:

Operating system - Google™ Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Processor - 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core

GPU - Adreno 220

Size 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm

Weight 144 grams

Available colours Black White

Resolution 1280x720 pixels

Touch screen Capacitive

Touch gesture Yes – multi-touch, up to 10 fingers supported


Internal phone storage 1 to 1.5 GB


Flash memory 32 GB eMMC

Camera resolution 12 MP
Digital zoom 16x
Video recording Yes – HD 1080p
Video chat camera Yes
Front Camera Yes – HD 720p for video chat and 1.3 MP for camera capture

Accelerometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Magnetometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes

UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1900 (Band II),
2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Talk time (GSM) Up to 7 hours 30 min*
Standby time (GSM) 450 hours*
Embedded Battery 1750 mAh typical
1700 mAh minimum

Wi-Fi and much more

Main Drawbacks:

  1. No quad core engine, as all the other brands start bringing it in the competition
  2. No expandable storage, memory is limited to 32GB inbuilt USB Mass storage
  3. Gingerbread still!!! No ICS, but update promised.
  4. Feels heavier than the phones with more or less similar features.


8.5/10 for Hardware and Design
9/10 for Features
8/10 Overall Score

Release in India

Date of Release: 10th April 2012

News from dated 10th April
Sony Mobile India has launched its much-awaited Xperia S handset in Indian at a price of Rs 32,549. The Sony Xperia S is Sony's first smartphone under its brand name Sony Mobile Communications, after Sony acquired Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson's ("Ericsson") 50 per cent stake in the pair's former joint venture Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB ("Sony Ericsson").
The handset was first showcased at Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.
Besides, Sony also unveiled the Xperia P, Xperia U and Xperia Sola handsets, which will be available to consumers in Q2 of this year.


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