US Launch Of Sony Xperia NXT Series Feels Dated With Gingerbread On Board

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We reported last week about Sony’s Xperia NXT series (S, P, and Sola models) coming to the US. Sony announced today that, along with the Xperia S and Xperia P, the Xperia U is now finally available, unlocked and SIM-free, in the States. By “SIM-free”, they actually mean it will only work on AT&T 3G and 4G, so be warned.

Now the issue here is that all three of these phones have been available in Europe for a few months, so they’re not exactly brand new. In fact, they are all still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That’s two versions behind Jelly Bean (remember, Honeycomb was a tablet only version). Sure, Sony says that all three phones will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, but come on, at the retail prices they’re quoting, we would expect the phones to already be upgraded to at least ICS.

The top of the line in this series is the Xperia S, which comes with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3, 1GB RAM, 720p Reality Display, 12MP camera, and 32GB of storage. Decent specs deserving a newer OS than Gingerbread. The S comes with a suggested retail price of $559.99 in black or white.

The Xperia P fills out the mid-range with dual-core 1GHz U8500 chip, qHD screen, and 8MP camera. It also features an aluminum body in silver, red, or black for a suggested retail price of $479.99.

Finally, on the budget side there’s the Xperia U with a dual-core 1 GHz U8500 chip, WVGA display, 5MP camera, and interchangeable, multi-colored bottom caps. The U retails for $299.99 and is available in black or white.

Sorry, Sony, but it’s hard to get excited when phones like the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S III are available at much lower carrier-subsidized prices in the US, not to mention the $350 off-contract price of the Galaxy Nexus, which runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Hit the break for Sony’s full press release.

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Pair of root methods developed for Sony Xperia S

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Owners of Sony’s Xperia S phones may be interested in a couple root methods that have been developed for the handsets. The methods get around the locked bootloader of the Xperia S.

Over on the XDA Developer forums, member Sharaz22 has developed a “long” method to root the Xperia S. The method uses several batch files and then users complete some operations on Flashtool. To wrap up the install, Superuser from the Google Play store needs to be installed. Building on the work of Sharaz22 and others, XDA forum member hk2006 has developed a “short” version that is more of a one-click solution that basically wraps the long method into a single batch file.

The two methods do have some issues, including the lack of a custom recovery. With the “short” method, some users are reporting the batch file needs to be run more than once and some users with ICS have reported a factory reset may be required to address some lag issues.

If interested, check out the source links for all the directions and links to files needed.

source: XDA Developers Forum (long method thread), XDA Developers Forum (short method thread)

Three UK Website Officially Lists The Sony Xperia P Smartphone

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So you live in the UK and have been itching to get your hands on a lovely new smartphone? Great you’re in luck because Three UK has listed the Sony Xperia P smartphone on its website today. This means interested customers can pick up the Gingerbread-powered device which gives you a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with Exmor R sensor and 4-inch screen for free on a £27 per month, two-year contract plan. Of course there is the option of purchasing the phone outright with a Pay As You Go plan for £289.99. Options include the All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts or the All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

I’m sure you’re all itching for additional details, so you can find the expanded info found in the presser once you hit the break. » Read the rest

Upgrade to Xperia S, Sony Xperia SL shows up in pink and blue

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As we reported earlier, an upgraded version of the Sony Xperia S appears to be on the way. Sources indicate the device, an LT26ii listed as a Sony Xperia SL, will run on an overclocked 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 chip. The image that has surfaced shows the device in pink and in blue/violet. This is the second pink Xperia that has been spotted this week. It is not clear whether other colors will be available and still no word on availability of the device.

source: Xperia Blog

Pink Xperia P spotted at Sony event

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If you have been searching the smartphone market for a pink handset, your potential choices may be ready to grow by at least one. According to sources, a metallic pink version of the Sony Xperia P was spotted at Sony’s Weibo event. Whenever it is released, and there is no word on when or where that may be, the pink Xperia P will join black, grey and red models that are already available.

source: ePrice

New Sony Tablet (SGPT1211) passes through FCC

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Due to certain documents that have recently passed through the FCC, there is indication that Sony is working on a new “next-generation” tablet device. Although very little is given away, the supposed tablet will carry the model number SGPT1211. Could this be the possible successor to Sony’s Tablet S? Only time will tell and we’ll keep you updated as we get more information on this matter.

source: FCC

AT&T Sony Xperia Ion Gets Rooted

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Good news for Sony Xperia Ion users today, the wizards over at XDA have discovered a root method that’s pretty simple to use.

It looks like once you’ve got your bootloader unlocked, all you’ll need to do is flash an insecure kernel which will allow you to run a root script.  That’s it. A quick download of busybox and superuser from the Play Store will let you take advantage of your newly acquired freedom. » Read the rest

Sony Xperia Acro S breezes through the FCC

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Sony’s Xperia Acro S is designed to be durable, water resistant, scratch resistant and generally well equipped to survive the elements. With that in mind it’s no surprise to learn that the device passed the FCC’s slightly less demanding tests without batting an eyelid.

If you fancy getting your grubby paws on a device that is built to take on everything you can throw it yet still offers high end specifications then look no further. With a 4.3″ 720P display, 12MP camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Android Ice Cream Sandwich on board, the Xperia Acro S ticks all the boxes.

If you want to get your geek on, you can check out the test results in the link below.

Source: FCC

Unlocked Xperia S, P and Sola Now Available In the U.S.

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Sony Mobile is now delivering on its promise to deliver their NXT lineup of Android devices unlocked in the U.S.  The Xperia S with a dual core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 4.3″ (1280 x 720) HD display, and capable 12MP camera is available for $469.99 from Newegg in black or white. The Xperia P rocking a 1Ghz dual core CPU, 4″ (960 x 540) qHD display, and 8MP camera is up for $388.99 from Newegg. While the budget friendly Xperia Sola with its 1Ghz dual core CPU, 3.7″ (854 x 480) display, “floating touch” technology, and 5MP camera can be had for $299.00 from Newegg.

All three models will receive Sony Mobile’s ICS update and will work on AT&T’s 3G network. The Xperia U is not yet available, but should be up sometime soon. These are all capable devices and should only get better once they have the Android ICS update installed. Anyone interested in one of these devices?

source: Xperia Blog