Two upcoming handsets from Sony have had new images and movies launched this week. The 2 handsets, referred to as the Sony Xperia S and Xperia U, can be lined by using Sony in some element on the Cell World Congress. Let’s take a look at every.
The Xperia S has been formally announced, and will ship in early March according to Mobile Fun and other retailers. The UI hasn’t been seen outside of a few promo shots, but a lucky blurry-cam operator has provided us with authentically blurry videos of the new UI in action. A host of new features have been added, including a 3D carousel activated upon a long press on the home key, along with heavily skinned apps including the dialer, MP3 player and camera.
The Xperia U is one that hasn’t yet been officially announced. It’s the smaller version of the Xperia S, and come with more middle of the range specifications than the flagship Xperia S. The phone has a 3.5” touch screen and will come with a removable battery, unlike the Xperia S. The resolution is expected to be 854 x 480 (WVGA) and the phone will be powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor and half a gigabyte of RAM. The OS is Android Gingerbread (2.3.7) for now, but it’s expected to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0). Finally, the phone includes a 5 megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video recording.
Both phones look quite good, and should look even better once they’re fully decked out in Ice Cream Sandwich, hopefully with these new UI features intact. Expect much more information next week, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.