Sony Xperia P and Xperia U first look video review

by , MWC 28/02/2012
Sony Xperia S, P U

Sony has announced the Xperia P and Xperia U Android smartphones at MWC 2012. The new phones follow in the footsteps of Sony’s first smartphone, the Sony Xperia S.

Sony Xperia P and Xperia U First Look video review

Both the devices feature 1GHz dual-core processors and are scaled down versions of the Xperia S, announced at CES in January. They run the slightly out-of-date Gingerbread version of Android, although Sony says they will both be upgradeable to the latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sony Xperia P

The larger of the two new Sony smartphones is the Xperia P, which includes a 4-inch touchscreen featuring Sony’s new WhiteMagic screen technology. According to Sony, this makes the Xperia P easy to use even in bright sunlight, however we’ve heard this claim from many phone makers over the years.

The screen has a resolution of 960×540 pixels and makes use of Sony’s Mobile Bravia engine to improve the playback of media content.

The Xperia P has an aluminium unibody along with the same transparent strip found on the Xperia S and U.

An 8Mp camera is included and comes with Sony’s Exmor R camera sensor which is meant to provide improved performance in low light conditions.

The P is also compatible with the SmartDock, which can connect to a TV to enable users to browse the web using a larger screen.

Sony Xperia U

The smaller, and cheaper, version of the two devices is the Sony Xperia U.

Again the U looks similar to Sony’s other handsets, with its see-through line along the bottom, although on the Xperia U this can change colour according to what theme the user picks or what photo they are viewing. We’re not sure whether this mood lighting will be enough on its own to persuade anyone to choose this phone, however it does add a novel element of personalisation.

The U sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen, which also makes use of Sony’s Mobile Bravia engine, but this has a slightly lower resolution than the Xperia P, at 854×480 pixels.

A 5Mp camera is included for taking snaps, although this doesn’t get the Exmor R sensor included in the Xperia S and P.

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I think it’s obvious from their strategy that they’re trying to take back their previous seat as the stylish, trend-setter maker. The Sony Walkman line of phones were wildly popular in Asia and Europe despite their modest hardware for its time, mostly thanks to the unique touch SE put into those phones.

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