After assuming sole control over Sony Ericsson and its mobile products, Sony has unveiled four new Xperia smartphones over the course of CES 2012 and Mobile World Conference 2012. While the Xperia S is already available in Singapore markets (you can find the full review of the device here if you are considering buying it), the Xperia P, Xperia U and Xperia Sola were showcased at this event. The Xperia NXT series phones all have their unique traits and are intended to fit into Sony’s new philosophy of wireless connectivity among all their devices.
The Xperia P may not be the flagship product of the NXT Series, but it very well could have been. This smartphone embodies most of the unique features of the Sony range. A curved back makes it extremely ergonomic and a transparent strip at the bottom brings the screen into sharp relief. The 4-inch display is in fact the unique selling point of the Xperia P due to the Mobile Bravia Engine and WhiteMagic screen.
In addition, the device runs on Android OS 2.3 and also brings a 1GHz dual-core processor to the table. You can put all the hardware and software to good use with the provision of content from the new Sony Entertainment Network. HDMI output, 8-megapixel camera and NFC capabilities round out the list of features on this Android smartphone.
Another product showcasing the new Mobile Bravia Engine on its 3.5-inch screen is the Sony Xperia U. This mid-range smartphone sports a 1GHz dual-core processor and Android OS 2.3 as well. Its 5-megapixel camera comes with fast capture technology and is capable of creating content in high definition, making this an attractive choice for shutterbugs and it won't cost as much as its other siblings. Check out our hands-on article of the Xperia U for more of our experience and features straight from MWC 2012.
The most recently announced of the NXT Series, the Xperia Sola boasts a 3.7-inch Reality Display along with, you guessed it, the Mobile Bravia Engine. Operations are run by a 1GHz dual-core processor much like its compatriots. The most unique feature of the Sola is “floating touch” navigation. This new user interface will allow users to move around on webpages without actually making contact with the touch screen. Unintended clicks while surfing on your smartphone are almost eradicated with the introduction of this form of UI. Check out the intro video and more specs of the upcoming device.
The Sony Xperia P, Xperia U and Xperia Sola will be available by Q2 2012.
Devices from the same manufacturer tend to work better together and promote their own ecosystem. The host of Apple products such as the iMac, MacBook, iPad and iPhone compliment each other and tend to prompt customers to buy the entire lot. Sony is aiming to achieve something similar with the wireless connectivity offered on all of their new devices. One other aspect we think that would matter more is the availability of Sony's Entertainment Network across the devices and wireless connectivity further provides a compelling reason to enjoy entertainment effortlessly.
By connecting to the same wireless network and utilizing DLNA users will be able to transfer content between their Vaio notebooks, Sony smartphones, Sony tablets, Bravia TVs and wireless speakers. The feature obviously greatly expands the functionality of Sony’s devices while also ensuring maximum utilization of the larger screens.
The majority of the new portable Sony products featured at the event boasted a Throw button whenever content was accessed, allowing content such as pictures and music to be displayed on the Bravia television. At the same time, devices such as the Sony Tablet S also come equipped with a DLNA application which displays all the possible options for pairing.