Sony Mobile Communications Introduces The Xperia P and Xperia U Smartphones

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MWC 2012 is here kids and Sony Mobile Communications is ready to make a splash at the event by introducing two new devices called the Xperia P and U. Both smartphones will be featured on Sony’s NXT technology— which is the “cornerstone of Sony’s connected experience”. Using the NXT technology, you’ll be able to share content from your smartphone to your TV, laptop or tablet. You’ll also find the NXT technology will play a huge part in enhancing the overall Android experience.

Both devices will come feature-packed as well. One noteworthy feature is a superior display featuring Reality Display. The Reality Display (powered by Mobile BRAVIAR technology) will not only allow for “razor-sharp clarity” on the screens, but you will find the technology is capable of achieving feats such as fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press. Here’s a quick rundown of the P and U’s specs:

Xperia P

  • 4″ Reality Display with powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • WhiteMagic(TM) display technology for an ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance with 16GB flash storage.
  • 8MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Easy HDMI and DLNA connectivity to share content on any screen.
  • NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access a growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags.
  • Available in a choice of silver, black and red, all with an aluminium unibody.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.

 

Xperia U

  • 3.5″ Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.
  • 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Crisp and loud listening with xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology.
  • Available in a choice of white or black, with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.

SMC states the Xperia P and Xperia U will be available globally sometime in Q2, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait before we see them in stores. You’ve only gotten a brief rundown of each device, so make sure you hit the break to see SMC’s full presser for the Xperia P and Xperia U.

 

Sony Mobile Communications introduces Xperia P and Xperia U – smartphones for connected entertainment experiences

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Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:31pm EST

  • Xperia P and Xperia U join Xperia S in the Xperia NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony  
  • Xperia P delivers outstanding screen brightness using Sony “WhiteMagic” display technology
  • Xperia U packs powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design

26 February, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona - Sony Mobile Communications today unveiled the latest additions to its Xperia(TM) NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony, the new Xperia P and Xperia U. In addition, Xperia S, the ultimate HD smartphone, is now shipping to markets across the globe, with first sales in the Sony Style store in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress.  Xperia P and Xperia U will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of this year.

Xperia NXT series – a connected entertainment experience
Incorporating the best of Sony technology and premium entertainment, the Xperia NXT series is a cornerstone of Sony’s connected experience.  With easy connectivity, consumers can enjoy and share content on whichever screen best suits them, whether it’s their smartphone, TV, laptop or tablet.

With the next generation of smartphone design from Sony, the Xperia NXT series has a look that is instantly recognisable.  These smartphones have intriguing design features including the “transparent element”, a band that encircles the base of the phone and also integrates invisible antenna components.  The transparent element illuminates when receiving calls, texts and notifications.

The new User Interface (UI) follows the same design principles and enhances the Android(TM) experience – offering rich applications and content with a simple and clean look.   A new  album, video player and music player will deliver compelling entertainment experiences  and the new UI design also allows consumers to access their favourite application direct from the lock-screen.

Xperia P and Xperia U boast Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIAR Engine for razor-sharp clarity, along with fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press.  Both smartphones come with powerful 1 GHz dual-core processors for super fast performance.

As with Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U connect consumers to premium entertainment experiences with access to the Sony Entertainment Network*.  Out of the box, consumers can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on Video Unlimited or listen to millions and millions of songs** through Music Unlimited.

Xperia Pultra-bright viewing experience
With a full aluminium unibody design, Xperia P debuts WhiteMagic(TM) display technology from Sony for the first time on a smartphone.  WhiteMagic technology delivers the brightest viewing experience; whether at the beach or on the ski slopes. Smart power efficiency automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to the surroundings to conserve battery life.

The new SmartDock, exclusively for Xperia P, offers simple connectivity to multiple screens, turning the smartphone into an entertainment hub for the living room.  Using a TV remote control consumers can easily navigate their smartphone’s media content to watch their HD videos, the latest movies or favourite TV shows on the big screen.  With USB support in the SmartDock, they can also use a wireless keyboard and mouse to write emails, browse and post on Facebook or watch videos from YouTube on their TV.

Key features for Xperia P

  • 4″ Reality Display with powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • WhiteMagic(TM) display technology for an ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance with 16GB flash storage.
  • 8MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Easy HDMI and DLNA connectivity to share content on any screen.
  • NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access a growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags.
  • Available in a choice of silver, black and red, all with an aluminium unibody.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.

Xperia U – powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design
Xperia U combines powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design that consumers can personalise inside and out.  With xLoud(TM) and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, consumers will enjoy a crisp and loud sound experience. They can also stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speakers with a touch using DLNA.

In Xperia U the transparent element illuminates to match the colour of photos viewed in the gallery or the album art of music tracks currently playing. Xperia U can also be personalised with exchangeable caps and themes to reflect consumers’ personality and mood.

Consumers listening to music on their Xperia U can also enjoy improved sound quality with the stylish new Smart Headset for Android smartphones, which features SmartKey – a dedicated application launch key that consumers press once to launch a favourite app.

Key features for Xperia U

  • 3.5″ Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.
  • 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Crisp and loud listening with xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology.
  • Available in a choice of white or black, with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.

- ENDS -

*Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region, please see www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com for more details.
** The number of available songs varies by region.

“Sony”, “BRAVIA” and “Sony Entertainment Network” are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Sony Mobile Communications, Global Communications & PR department
Mattias Holm +44 7961974048
General Press: +44 208 762 5858

About Sony Mobile Communications
Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Through its Xperia(TM) smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: www.sonymobile.com

Appendix:

Xperia P specifications All services mentioned in this list may not be available in every market.
Colour Silver
Black
Red
Facts Size: 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm
Weight: 120 grams
1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor
Google Android(TM) 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Camera 3D Sweep Panorama(TM)
8 MP camera
8x digital zoom
Auto focus
Face detection
Flash/Photo flash
Flash/Photo light
Front-facing camera (VGA)
Geotagging
HD video recording (1080p)
Image stabiliser
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Self-timer
Smile detection
Sony Exmor R(TM) for mobile image sensor
Sweep Panorama(TM)
Sweep Multi Angle(TM)
Touch capture
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording
Music 3D surround sound
Album art
Bluetooth(TM) stereo (A2DP)
Clear bass
Clear stereo
Music Player
PlayNow(TM) service
SensMe(TM)
TrackID(TM) music recognition
xLoud(TM)
Internet Android Market(TM)
Bookmarks
Google(TM) search
Google Voice(TM) Search
Google Maps(TM) for Mobile with Street view and Latitude(TM)
NeoReader(TM) barcode scanner
Web browser (WebKit(TM))
Communication Call list
Conference calls
Facebook(TM) application
Facebook inside Xperia(TM)
Google Talk(TM) application
Noise suppression
Xperia(TM) Timescape(TM)
Speakerphone
Twitter(TM) (Timescape(TM) integration)
Video chat ready
Messaging Conversations
Email
Google Mail(TM)
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
Design Auto rotation
Gesture input
Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
Live Wallpaper
Reality Display with Sony WhiteMagic(TM) technology
Screenshot capturing
Mobile BRAVIAR Engine
Touch screen
Contains post consumer recycled plastic and waterborne paint
Entertainment 3D Album
Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
Media browser
Motion gaming
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Send to web
Sony Entertainment Network
TV launcher
Video streaming
YouTube(TM)
Organiser Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Contacts
Document readers
eCompass(TM)
E-Manual
Notes
Setup guide
Stopwatch
Tasks
Timer
Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
aGPS
Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology
DLNA CertifiedR
HDMI support
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
NFC
PC Companion
Synchronisation via MicrosoftR Exchange ActiveSyncR
USB High speed 2.0 support
USB host
USB Mass Storage
Wi-FiR
Wi-FiR hotspot functionality
Wisepilot(TM) turn-by-turn navigationAll services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.
Display 4″ Reality Display with Sony WhiteMagic(TM) technology
960 x 540 pixels (qHD)
16,000,000 colour TFT
Hard coated shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass
Memory Internal phone storage: 16 GB (up to 13 GB user-accessible memory)
Networks UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Battery life Talk time GSM: Up to 6 hrs*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 470 hrs*Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 475 hrs*

Music listening time: Up to 80 hrs
Video playback time: Up to 4 hrs

Battery: 1305 mAh typical, 1265 mAh minimum

*Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique.  Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

In the kit Xperia(TM) P, embedded battery, clear audio certified stereo headset, fast charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation

 

Xperia U specifications All services mentioned in this list may not be available in every market.
Colour Black
White
Facts Size: 112 x 54 x 12 mm
Weight: 110 grams
1 GHz STE U8500 dual core-processor
Google Android(TM) 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Camera 3D Sweep panorama(TM)
5 megapixel camera
16x digital zoom
Auto focus
Face detection
Flash/Photo flash
Flash/Photo light
Front-facing camera (VGA)
Geotagging
HD video recording (720p)
Red-eye reduction
Self-timer
Send to web
Sweep Multi Angle
Sweep panorama(TM)
Video light
Video recording
Music Album art
Bluetooth(TM) stereo (A2DP)
Clear bass
Clear stereo
Manual equalizer
Music Player
PlayNow(TM) service
SensMe(TM)
TrackID(TM) music recognition
xLoud(TM)
Internet Android Market(TM)
Bookmarks
Google(TM) search
Google Voice(TM) Search
Google Maps(TM) for Mobile with Street view and Latitude(TM)
NeoReader(TM) barcode scanner
Web browser (WebKit(TM))
Communication Call list
Conference calls
Facebook(TM) application
Facebook inside Xperia(TM)
Google Talk(TM) application
Noise suppression
Xperia(TM) Timescape(TM)
Speakerphone
Twitter(TM) (Timescape(TM) integration)
Video chat ready
Messaging Conversations
Email
Google Mail(TM)
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
Gesture input
Voice input
Design Auto rotation
Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
Picture wallpaper
Reality Display with
Mobile BRAVIAR Engine
Screenshot capturing
Touch screen
Live Wallpaper
Contains post consumer recycled plastic and waterborne paint
Entertainment Media browser
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network
Video streaming
YouTube(TM)
Organiser Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Airplane mode
3D Album
Infinite button
Contacts
Setup guide
Stopwatch
Timer
Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
aGPS
Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology
DLNA CertifiedR
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Modem
Native USB tethering
Media Go(TM)
Synchronisation via MicrosoftR Exchange ActiveSyncR
USB High speed 2.0 support
USB mass storage
USB Host
Wi-FiR
Wi-FiR Hotspot functionality
Wisepilot(TM) turn-by-turn navigationAll services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.
Display 3.5″ Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIAR Engine
854 x 480 pixels
16,000,000 colour TFT
Anti-reflection coating on scratch-resistant mineral glass
Memory RAM (for active apps and OS services): 512 MB
System memory (for Android firmware): 2 GB
Phone memory (for downl. apps and apps data): 2 GB
Internal storage (for photos, music, videos and downl. apps): 4 GBInternal phone storage: 8 GB (up to 6 GB user-accessible memory)
Networks UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Battery life Talk time GSM: Up to 6 hrs 36 min*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 260 hrs*Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 36 min*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 472 hrs*

Music listening time: Up to 45 hrs
Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs

Battery: 1320 mAh typical, 1290 mAh minimum

*Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

In the kit Xperia(TM) U, battery, exchangeable caps, stereo headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation

 


 

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