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Video: Sony Xperia P & U Smartphone Demoed at MWC 2012

Earlier this month, Sony bought Ericsson's share in the joint smartphone venture. The new company is now known as simply as Sony Mobile. On the heels of that name change, two smartphones have been announced: the Xperia P and Xperia U. These join the Xperia S in the Xperia NXT series, which is analogous to Samsung's Galaxy series. The difference is that Sony is focusing on the total connectivity experience between multiple devices. The Tablet S is a great example of how Sony can excel, as it offers DLNA and a built in IR remote

The Xperia S, P, and U don't come with those two premium features, but they do come with the ability to access the Sony Entertainment Network. This allows you to share watch movies or listen to music from a single media network. Plus, Sony has always done a great job customizing the Android UI. In addition, the P and U employ Reality Display, which the company is marketing for its purported proprietary display technology. These smartphones are powered by Mobile BRAVIA, which has been a trusted brand in the high end HDTV market.

Hierarchy (top to bottom)Market
Xperia SHigh End
Xperia PMainstream
Xperia UBudget

The Xperia P specifically is a partially pared down version of the S, sporting a full aluminum unibody design and WhiteMagic display technology. This feature reduces glare and makes the viewing experience great whether you're out on a sunny or overcast day.

Key features for Xperia P

  • 4" Reality Display with powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • WhiteMagic display technology for an ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance with 16GB flash storage.
  • 8MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Easy HDMI and DLNA connectivity to share content on any screen.
  • NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access a growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags.
  • Available in a choice of silver, black and red, all with an aluminum unibody.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.

Key features for Xperia U

  • 3.5" Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.
  • 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Crisp and loud listening with xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology.
  • Available in a choice of white or black, with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.
  • fyasko
    yes, but can it play... angry birds?
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  • Kryan
    that booth boy is as useless at presenting a smartphone as my mother at using hers.
    If I was any of the companies at MWC, i'd put SERIOUS money/research/interview-time into my presenters...they are the face of your new gear you're trying to sell, after all
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  • darkchazz
    Congrats sony! your first dual core smartphones! everyone else is making quad cores now ;)
    and android 2.3 ?! oh god.. better delay the phones and release them later with ICS.

    "1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance"
    I laughed, sounds like last year..
    remember the sony exec saying dual core doesn't matter? xD
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  • AznCracker
    sony phone? P U!
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  • mobrocket
    i dont get sony lately... what happened to being the best on the market...
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  • eddieroolz
    I like that Sony is bringing back designs that evoke the good old days of Sony Ericsson phones.

    I think it's obvious from their strategy that they're trying to take back their previous seat as the stylish, trend-setter maker. The Sony Walkman line of phones were wildly popular in Asia and Europe despite their modest hardware for its time, mostly thanks to the unique touch SE put into those phones.
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  • jehnavi
    I wish Sony Xperia U Review would make some pentaband phones or some versions of their models that run on Wind. I’d love to have one of these small capable Android phones instead of a blackberry. The Android line on with AWS bands is split between small and shitty or good and huge.
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  • verry nice and succes smart phone
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