Sony Mobile Philippines has just announced today the Xperia V – a water resistant Android smartphone with LTE support powered by Smart.
We reported last week that Smart is taking pre-orders of the Sony Xperia V, now it is officially launched and will be available exclusively from the said telco. Like mentioned before, the Xperia V is water-resistant, dust-proof, LTE-enabled with a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor R camera, and large 4.3” screen running on the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. Plus, with improved power management through Battery Stamina Mode.
Sony Xperia V LTE hands-on:
At first glance, the Xperia V has an exterior look that resembles other Xperia smartphones currently available in the market but with a more edgy design. On the front is the 4.3-inch HD display, earpiece, VGA front-facing camera and ambient light sensor. On the left is the microUSB port hidden by a plastic panel and dock ports. On the right is a small volume rocker, power/ lock button and provision for a wrist strap. Right on top is the headset jack while at the bottom is the microphone. Flip it on its back and you see the 13 megapixel camera with LED flash, another microphone for video recording and speaker grill.
The overall design of the body looks like it’s made of three different pieces put together. The upper part is of glossy plastic, the middle part or surrounding body has a chrome finish, while the rear is of non-glossy plastic. When held the device feels light but plasticky. It kinda makes you doubt that it’s dust proof and water resistant. Check out our quick hands-on and Smart LTE speed test in the video below:
Sony Xperia V LTE specs:
4.3” HD display @342ppi w/ Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon processor
8GB internal storage
Expandable up to 32GB via Micro-SD
13MP autofocus camera w/ LED Flash
1080p video recording @30fps
VGA Front-facing camera
DC-HSDPA 42Mbps, LTE 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
1750mAh Li-Ion battery
Dustproof (IP5X) and Water resistant (IPX5/7)
Android 4.0 upgradable to Jelly bean
Dimension: 129 x 65 x 10.7mm
The Sony Xperia V LTE will be available in the SMART 1500 LTE subscription plan for a limited period starting December 21, 2012 until end of first week of January 2013, after which it will be free on data plan 2000. In the open channels, the phone will cost around Php27,000.
Part of the limited promo is unlimited data until end of January 2013 then a 1.5GB data cap will be implemented on LTE starting February.