Sony has revealed the first phone in the Xperia NXT series – the Xperia S. Packing NFC and HDMI features, Sony has reaffirmed its commitment to leading the way in camera phones with a 12 megapixel Exmor R camera and a HD Reality Display based screen to view 1080p video. Sony boast that images can be captured in 1.5 seconds from standby too.
As well as having access to the Sony Entertainment Network, the Xperia S – like the Xperia Play – has full access to the PlayStation Store. Upping the standard memory of a smartphone, Sony has gone for a 32GB storage option rather than the traditional 16GB which is a clear sign that the new phones of 2012 will feature more storage, better cameras and more connectivity as manufacturers race to further integrate Android with Smart TVs.
The new Xperia design is also matched by a range of accessories including a Smart Wireless Headset which allows you to see incoming calls before you accept them and manage calendars in an attempt to offer increased voice functions after the debut of Siri on iPhone 4S. The surprise accessory is the SmartWatch, which connects with the Xperia S and provides text, call and social media access.
The Xperia S is set for launch before the end of March in the UK and no pricing details have been announced. The bundled OS is Android 2.3 Gingerbread although an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade will be available before the end of June, according to Sony.
Xperia S full specification
- 4.3 inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
- HD resolution screen (1280 Ã 720)
- Front (720p) and back (1080p) cameras for HD recording
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 32GB flash storage
- 12MP back camera
- Sony Exmor R¢ for mobile
- Fastest Capture to take shots in just 1.5 seconds directly from standby mode
- NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags
- With HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and using BRAVIA Sync for controlling your Xperia S with your TV remote control when connected to the TV