Sony has completed the Sony Ericsson buyout, and with that, changes are coming to the new Sony Mobile Communications. For example, new devices like the Xperia Ion and the Xperia S, will no longer carry the Ericsson name. The Xperia S is not supposed to be available until sometime in March, but new unboxing videos, and a leaked promo video, have surfaced for those of you waiting. The first thing you will notice is the change in packaging style, which is now wider and thinner than before.
There is still some Sony Ericsson branding found inside the box, with the cables, chargers, and paperwork, but it makes sense that Sony is simply using up their old inventory.
Also from these videos, we get to see glimpses of what the Sony user interface looks like. They’re calling their custom skin UXP NXT, which I presume is supposed to stand for “User eXPerience NeXT”, alluding that this is the next evolution of their UI. Noticeable changes include the gallery, media player, and overall feel of the user interface.
The Xperia S, which features an anti-stain coating and fast charging, will also include an interesting feature called Fast Capture, which you can see in the second video below. By holding the physical camera button down while the phone is asleep, the camera app is launched and a photo is taken in under two seconds. Pretty nice.
So if you’re waiting for the launch of Sony’s first Android phone without the Ericsson name, watch the videos below to get your fix. March is not very far away!