Xperia P and Xperia U join Sony's NXT series
By Emily Price
February 27, 2012
Sony Sony has chosen this year's Mobile World Congress to announce two new Android-powered additions to its Xperia NXT line: the Xperia P and Xperia U. The new devices slot in below the Xperia S announced at CES 2012 in Sony's NXT series, which is designed to allow easy connection to other devices, allowing the viewing of content from your phone on not only the smartphone's screen, but also a TV, laptop, or tablet.
The Xperia P has an aluminum unibody design, is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and sports a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display incorporating Sony's "WhiteMagic" technology that adds that a white pixel to the standard red-green-blue (RGB) pixels. Sony claims this improves the brightness of the display while reducing power consumption of the backlight. The phone also has an 8-megapixel built-in camera with the ability to capture high-definition video and both 2D and 3D panoramic images. The handset also has NFC capabilities, and both HDMI and DLNA connectivity options.
A SmartDock will also be offered for the Xperia P that is designed to turn the phone into an entertainment hub. It allows users to connect the phone to a HDTV and navigate media stored on the phone using a TV remote control. It can also be used with a wireless keyboard and mouse to browse the Web, compose emails and watch online videos on a HDTV.
The Xperia P measures 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm (4.8 x 2.3 x 0.4 in) and weighs 120 g (4.2 oz).
The Xperia U is Sony's entry-level Xperia NXT handset and comes with a 3.5-inch 854 x 480 pixel display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, and a 5-megapixel camera capable of capturing high-definition video and 2D and 3D panoramic pictures. It also includes DLNA connectivity. The handset will be available in both white and black, with exchangeable colored caps for the bottom of the phone in pink and yellow.
The Xperia U measures 112 x 54 x 12 mm (4.8 x 2.1 x 0.5 in) and weighs 110 g (3.9 oz).
Both the Xperia P and Xperia U will launch globally in the second quarter of 2012 running Android 2.3 Gingerbread that will then be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.