Today, Sony began rolling out an update to Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia go and Xperia sola devices that’ll come packed with ‘bug fixes’ and ‘performance tweaks.’ It’s unclear what exactly those tweaks are, but who among us doesn’t like a little tweaking?
In the past, the Sony Xperia P has been recognized in Europe as an award-winning “green” phone. We have also seen Sony produce the phone in a pink version. Now Sony is upping the ante by combining color with material for their latest version, a gold Xperia P. The unibody phone is likely gold-plated with 24k gold over the aluminum frame rather than being molded out of gold. Even that gold plating should be enough to really drive up the retail price, but we can only guess since no details were provided as to whether it would even be made available.
Sony produced this latest version for a competition they are conducting via their Facebook page for customers in Nordic countries. Hopefully Sony fans in that country were following the Sony Facebook page and entered by telling what “gold Friday” means to them as the deadline appears to have passed.
Sony was pleased to announce today that they have been recognized once again for their green efforts. The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) recognized the Sony Xperia P as their European Green Smart Phone 2012-2013. EISA is an industry body featuring 50 tech-focused magazines from 19 countries.
Sony’s award for the Xperia P follows last year’s award for green smart phones granted to the Sony Xperia Mini. In reviewing this year’s winner, EISA noted Sony’s efforts to reduce power consumption through technologies like Sony’s WhiteMagic. WhiteMagic can increase the brightness of the screen even when in power save mode and reduces backlight power consumption by up to 50%. Other steps undertaken by Sony include minimal packaging, electronic-only user manuals, and limitations on power consumption by chargers. These efforts came about even as Sony, and other smart phone manufacturers, continue the march toward larger screens and batteries that last longer.
Hey ladies, get a load of this upcoming Sony Xperia NXT design! What we are looking at here is a pink, aluminum body Xperia P as unboxed by the folks over at RingHK. Apparently this device is due to hit markets sometime in the near future but unfortunately there is no word on when or where.
The dual-core Xperia P has found itself a loyal following by boasting a sexy design, decent specs and a reasonable price to go along with it. After it receives the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the next couple of weeks the Xperia P could be one of the better mid-range devices available. We wish we knew more about the launch of the phone but we have a feeling it will be limited to overseas markets, but most definitely will be available throughout Asia. If we hear any more news on its launch we will be sure to let you know. In the meantime, Sign off if the comments below if this is something you would be interested in… and don’t worry dudes, pink is punk!
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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.
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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.
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
Sony Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia Play’s upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been canceled, leaving the PlayStation-certified smartphone on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony explains that compatibility and stability issues with the Play’s gaming features are to blame.
Other 2011 Xperia phones are still on track to receive the upgrade to ICS, including the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Active. These devices will begin receiving an optional 4.0.4 update through the PC Companion app starting next week.
source: sony blog
During MWC this year Sony made the world aware of the Xperia P and Xperia U with the Xperia Sola being announced a few weeks after. While initially released only in Asia they are now available across the globe. Slated as low to mid-range devices they’re appearing to round out Sony‘s 2012 line. All three carry Gingerbread with hopes that the ICS update that’s on track for next month gets released on time. What’s neat is that the Xperia Sola is sporting the “floating touch” technology announced the same time the phone was.
The Xperia U will be available on O2, Three, T-Mobile and Orange while the Xperia P will be seen O2’s network. While the Sola hasn’t been announced on any major carriers I would be surprised if none of them picked it up. The Xperia P will run you £320 (roughly $500) and the U will run £170 (roughly $270). The Sola will be available for £250 (roughly $390). But if you’re somewhere across the globe and are interested in one of these devices then hit the source link below to find the best deal!
source: Xperia Blog