We first reported about Sony’s SmartTags last month, and it looks as though the official SmartTag app is now available in the Android Market. This is not currently all that useful since you need to have a set of SmartTags and a compatible NFC-enabled phone. Right now, Sony’s SmartTag site lists the Xperia S as the only compatible phone, though it seems it does work on a Nexus S (see the video below) and presumably on any NFC-capable device, such as the Galaxy Nexus.
A few weeks back, when we had the opportunity to join up with Sony during CES, we got a first hand look at the upcoming stain resistant, fast charging, Xperia S smartphone. We were pretty impressed with Sony’s presentation of its soon to be Solo flagship device, but were even more pleased to learn that this awesome phone would be available sometime in March.
It wasn’t a matter of time before retailers started listing the device on their respective websites as “available in March,” leading many to believe Sony was on track with the previously mentioned launch plans. That was until Play.com posted that they expected to receive shipment of the Xperia S on January 30th.
We had a chance to get our hands on the upcoming Xperia S at CES, the first Xperia phone to be branded by Sony (without Ericsson in its name). They showed off all the wonderful specs, but for whatever reason they didn’t bother to tell us about a couple of interesting features.
The first is that it will come with an anti-stain coating. It will be a special nano coating that is not only a dirt repellent, but also UV active. The second is that will have the ability to charge quicker than normal. It will supposedly charge in half the time, and word is a 10-minute charge can keep the phone going for an hour.
As I’ve always said, “Damn, if this isn’t an awesome time to be in the mobile industry“. It’s no surprise that companies like Sony and Samsung produce incredible cameras to accompany their incredible handsets since they’re no strangers to the stand alone camera. Sony has some of the best camera sensors one is ever going to find in a majority of their handsets. Devices like the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion and Sony Xperia S house a 12 megapixel Exmore CMOS sensor with the ability to capture beautiful shots in a number of different conditions. However, the company is looking to one-up itself by announcing an even better CMOS sensor which touts “RGBW Coding” enabling the ability to capture HDR video.
If you are the proud owner of an Xperia phone with a Snapdragon S2 or S3 and you feel that your GPS is lacking then you are in luck. Sony announced that these phones will be able to connect to Russia’s GLONASS GPS system. Adding this support gives your Sony device a total of 55 satellites over the 31 it could connect to before. Chances are we will even see it on both the Xperia S, Xperia Ion and possibly the Sony Xperia ST25i we told you about yesterday. While other devices have support for GLONASS, like the Galaxy Note, it’s great to see support being added to older phones as well as the new ones. GLONASS assistance improved accurancy by up to 50 percent. If you’re interested in reading more hit the source links below.
The Xperia S is a sleek and stylish phone. Given that it’s the first handset from Sony after they bought out Ericsson from Sony Ericsson they are coming in with a bang. Quite anticipated after its announcement at CES this year users from the UK will be happy to know that the Xperia S is scheduled to drop January 30th even though it was expected March 5th. Given that Samsung dropped the bomb about their Galaxy SII HD not coming to the UK it is certainly good news to see another gorgeous phone coming to the UK.
You can pre-order the device at Play.com for £450 which is the cheapest you can get your hands on the device right now. Both Clove and Ebuyer will let you pre-order device as well. Most of the major UK carriers will offer the phone at cheaper per contract prices. So expect this device soon and if you’re wanting this phone and are having a hard time waiting, check out the hands-on video from CES. Hopefully it’s enough to tide you over.
[via GSM Arena]
We got a chance to play with the Xperia S at CES this week, and there’s no doubt about it. This phone has “flagship” in its future. Despite its slender case there is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and covering it all up from the front is Sony’s first 720p Reality Display for a phone. Expect to grab the Gingerbread Xperia S around March 5th and you can also expect a prompt update to ICS in early Q2, all for £389.99.
At its launch the Xperia S will be GSM unlocked and Europe only.
With its other cousin, the Sony Xperia Ion, another newcomer made it to CES this year and that’s the Sony Xperia S. The Xperia S, another first in the US to sport the “Sony” only branding shows off the cool transparent illuminated element we’ve seen in previous shots. It does a great job accenting the 4.3-inch display itself, which happens to be 720p. Like other Sony products, the device offers the usual Bravia mobile engine for the rendering of beautiful rich colors on pics and videos. The device sports dual cameras like most, however, the front facing shooter offers 720p while the rear can capture in 1080p. Not a bad combination. Add to that a whopping 32 gigs of on-board memory, and Sony’s full-on entertainment network with unlimited movies, videos and music and you have yourself a party.
The HD screen, as you can see in the hands-on video, renders incredible video and you can transfer that to any 1080p capable device for optimal viewing. The handset will not come with LTE radios on-board but will instead be a global phone offering HSPA+ speeds. You’ll be able to snag the device unlocked to work your GSM carrier of choice here in the US. Oh, and did we mention the device has NFC? Check out our hands-on video below along with some screen shots of the device next to its cousin the newly unveiled Xperia Ion. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below and be sure to check out the rest of our CES 2012 coverage here if you haven’t already.