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Sony’s Latest Xperia U, Xperia P And Xperia sola

Sony Launches Xperia U, Xperia P And Xperia sola

 

 

Sony Mobile has launched three new Xperia smartphones – UP, and sola, in India today. This was the official launch after they were announced last month, when we had a chance to take a first look at the three models. They still come with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), although the world has been moving fast to ICS. However, Sony says that an update will be made available by June this year.

The Xperia U and P smartphones with large touchscreens belong to the higher-end Xperia NXT line-up of next generation mobile phones, whereas the sola is a mid-range phone. Meant to deliver a better multimedia experience, these phones feature the Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

The Xperia U comes with a 3.5″ display with pixel dimensions of 854×480 and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU with 512 MB RAM. It sports a 5 MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash and a secondary VGA camera for video calling. With 8 GB (4 GB user-accessible) internal memory it lacks a microSD card slot for expandability. The Xperia P has a 4″ (960×540) touchscreen and is powered by the same CPU as the Xperia U. It comes with an 8 MP rear camera sporting LED flash in addition to a front VGA camera, and 16 GB (13 GB user-accessible) internal memory, with no microSD expandability.

The Xperia sola is an NFC-ready model, and has a 3.7″ touchscreen. Powered by the same CPU as the other two models, it has 8 GB (5 GB user-accessible) internal memory, which is expandable to 32 GB. An additional 50 GB of lifetime cloud storage has been made available by the company with each of the models. The Sony Xperia U, P, and sola are priced at Rs 17,400, Rs 25,800, and Rs 20,500, respectively. The Xperia P will be launched later this month, while the other two models are available as of now.

Earlier this year we saw a flurry of devices being launched. Among those were Sony‘s new lineup consisting of the Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia U and the Xperia sola. While Sony recenly launched the Xperia S in India, we take a quick look at what the other devices have to offer.

Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia U

The Xperia U, basically is the younger sibling of the Xperia P. With a screen size of 3.5” and pixel dimensions of 480×854, it is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU and 512 MB of RAM. The build quality is fairly okay with its plastic body. The design of the phone is very similar to its elder brothers the Xperia S and P, with a translucent strip at the bottom with navigation buttons. Another interesting feature of the Xperia U, is that the translucent strip changes its colours based on the colour saturation of the content on the screen. Looks pretty cool.

The phone interface was fairly smooth, with a very slight noticeable lag, nothing that would mar your experience. Similar to the Xperia P above, the Xperia U was also running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It has a 5 MP camera and offers 720p video recording. It also has a dedicated camera button, which is just as hard to use as with the Xperia P.

Previously known as Sony Ericsson ST25i Kumquat

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100 – ST25i
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – ST25a
Announced 2012, February
Status Available. Released 2012, May
BODY Dimensions 112 x 54 x 12 mm
Weight 110 g
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 854 pixels, 3.5 inches (~280 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 4 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
– Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
– Timescape UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Sony 3D surround sound audio technology
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 8 GB, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Up to 107 kbps
EDGE Up to 296 kbps
Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, video light
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
Chipset STE U8500
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz
GPU Mali-400MP
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White/ exchangeable bottom caps in white, black, pink, yellow
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh
Stand-by Up to 260 h (2G) / Up to 472 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h 36 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 36 min (3G)
Music play Up to 45 h
MISC Price group     Rs 17,400

OVER-ALL

Good: 

  • Dual core processor
  • High pixel densitiy screen, over 250ppi (280 ppi)
  • Fast processor (1000 MHz)

Bad :

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion

Sony Xperia P

Sony Xperia P

Sony Xperia P

The Xperia P has a 4″ screen with pixel dimensions of 540×960 and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, coupled with 1 GB of RAM. The build quality of the phone seems sturdy and it has a nice brushed aluminium finish, which makes it less of a finger print magnet. The  display was bright enough with decent colour reproduction.

Using the phone was breeze, as it has a very snappy interface with hardly any lag or framing. The phone I used was running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and with no ICS update in sight yet, this does feel like a dampener of sorts. It boasts of an 8 MP camera with 1080p video recording, since it was an indoor location, the resulting low light images seemed fairly okay. However, I found the dedicated camera button to be hard to use, as it required a considerable amount pressure to operate.

Previously known as Sony LT22i Nypon

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – LT22i
Announced 2012, February
Status Available. Released 2012, May
BODY Dimensions 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm
Weight 120 g
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 540 x 960 pixels, 4.0 inches (~275 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 4 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
– Sony WhiteMagic technology
– Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
– Timescape UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16 GB (13 GB user-available), 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Up to 100 kbps
EDGE Up to 296 kbps
Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
Chipset NovaThor U8500
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU Mali-400MP
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Silver, Black, Red
– SNS integration
– HDMI port
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1305 mAh
Stand-by Up to 470 h (2G) / Up to 475 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)
Music play Up to 80 h
MISC Price group   Rs.  25,800

OVER-ALL

Good:

  • Dual core processor
  • High pixel densitiy screen, over 250ppi (275 ppi)
  • High-resolution display (540 x 960 pixels)
  • Fast processor (1000 MHz)
  • Lots of RAM (1024 MB RAM)
  • High-resolution camera (8 megapixels)

Bad:

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion

Sony Xperia sola

Sony Xperia sola

Sony Xperia sola

Finally we come to the Xperia sola, it looks like a standard Android phone when you first look at it, however it does offer something different than the rest, but more on that later. The sola comes with a 3.7″ screen with pixel dimensions of 854×480, and features a 1 GHz dual-core CPU under the hood. It has a 5 MP camera with 720p video recording. It has a dedicated camera button too, which is again hard to use. On the design front it stands out from the Xperia P and Xperia U as it drops the translucent navigation bar, in favour of a slightly beveled design with standard capacitive touch buttons.

What sets the sola apart is the “floating touch” technology. So what does it do? Basically, it helps you highlight objects on the screen without actually touching the it. You just need to hover your finger slightly above the screen. Seems fairly cool, right? The only drawback is that can’t be used for navigating the device. It currently works only with the default browser, and that too only for highlighting text links. We are hoping this would change by the time the device finally hits the stores.

Previously rumored as MT27i Pepper.

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2012, March
Status Available. Released 2012, May
BODY Dimensions 116 x 59 x 9.9 mm
Weight 107 g
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 854 pixels, 3.7 inches (~265 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 4 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
– Floating touch display
– Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
– 3D surround sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB (5 GB user available), 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Up to 100 kbps
EDGE Up to 296 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
Chipset NovaThor U8500
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU Mali-400
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Red
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh
Stand-by Up to 470 h (2G) / Up to 475 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)
Music play Up to 40 h
MISC Price group    Rs 20,500
TESTS Camera Photo / Video

OVER-ALL

Good: 

  • Smooth performance
  • Pretty interface
  • Dual-core processor

Bad: 

  • Photo quality is average
  • Front-facing cam would have been nice
  • Gingerbread at launch

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