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April 19, 2012

Sony officially launches Xperia S, P, U in the Philippines

Sony Philippines has officially launched their NXT (Xperia) product line that features 4 new handsets to suit every consumer’s smartphone needs and budget at an event held at the Mind Museum BGC. The event showcased the 3, almost identically designed smartphones, the Xperia S, P and U.

Noticeably missing was the 4th smartphone in their line up which is the Xperia Sola. Nevertheless, Sola’s main selling feature, the floating touch technology, was still discussed during the launch. With all the hype for the phones, it can easily be disregarded that this event also marks as the launch of the first Sony smartphones after the Sony-Ericsson partnership.

In all honesty, I can’t differentiate which phone is which by just merely looking at them at a distance. As mentioned earlier, the three handsets that were present during the presentation looks exactly the same with each other.

The undeniable difference is with the size, as the Xperia S dwarfs its mid-range and entry level sibling with its 4.3″ Reality Display with Sony BRAVIA Engine. This handset is NFC enabled and will come with two Xperia SmartTags that users can program to simplify smartphone tasks by bumping your Xperia S to it. In addition to its stunning 1270×720 HD display, the Sony Xperia S also sports a very snappy shooter that is ready to capture pictures at 1.5second. You can check out more about the Xperia S on our full review here.

Next in line was the Xperia P that features a full aluminum unibody that houses the 4″ screen which has the same technology as its high-end brethren. But this Xperia has a trick up it’s sleeves as its screen utilizes Sony’s WhiteMagic technology that delivers the brightest viewing experience regardless of lighting condition. Colors are also more crisp and clearer than other smartphones as shown on their side-by-side demonstration.

The Xperia U, the entry level smartphone of the NXT line up refuse to be left behind as it has the same screen technology used in its midrange and high-end counterparts with only a smaller 3.5″ screen.

The phone features an interchangeable chin that suits your personality. The transparent lining just above the chin changes in color as it change color to suit the current color in your screen. This small but feature-packed smartphone is also equipped with xLoud and Sony 3D audio technology that delivers a decent listening experience to users.

Lastly, the Xperia Sola (which was not present during the event) with a entry level to mid-range specs and deviate a bit from the three aforementioned in terms of design.

Although you may find some similarities like the screen technology, audio software and processor speed, what really sets this unit apart from its siblings is Sony’s Floating Touch Technology that turns its users’ finger into a cursor making web-browsing a lot easier. And the cool part is that users can do this without your finger touching the phone’s screen! The downside is that this feature is still limited to the browser app, but still a great feature nevertheless and something that we can look forward to from Sony.

Here’s a quick rundown of the smartphones’ specs and their respective prices:

Sony Xperia S
4.3” HD Reality Display @ 1280×720 pixels @ 342ppi
1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon S3
Adreno 220 GPU
1GB RAM
32GB internal storage
HSPA up to 14.4Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi hotspot
NFC
Bluetooth 2.1
12MP rear, 1.3MP front-facing camera
1080p @ 30fps
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-ion 1750mAh battery
Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 (upgradeable to ICS)
128 x 64 x 10.6 mm
Price: Php27,990

Sony Xperia P
4.0” Reality Display @ 960×540 pixels @ 275ppi
1GHz dual-core NovaThor U8500
DB8500 GPU
1GB RAM
16GB (non-expandable)
HSPA up to 14.4Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi hotspot
NFC
Bluetooth 2.1
8MP rear, VGA front-facing camera
1080p @ 30fps
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion 1305mAh battery
Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 (upgradeable to ICS)
122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm
Price: Php22,990

Sony Xperia U
3.5” Reality Display @ 480×854 pixels @ 280ppi
1GHz dual-core STE U8500
DB8500 GPU
512MB RAM
8GB internal storage (non-expandable)
HSPA up to 14.4Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi hotspot
NFC
Bluetooth 2.1
5MP rear, VGA front-facing camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion 1320mAh battery
Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 (upgradeable to ICS)
112 x 54 x 12 mm
Price: Php13,990

Sony Xperia Sola
3.7” LCD display @ 480×854 pixels @ 265ppi
1GHz dual-core STE U8500
DB8500 GPU
512MB RAM
8GB (expandable up to 32GB)
HSPA up to 14.4Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi hotspot
NFC
Bluetooth 2.1
5MP rear, VGA front-facing camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion 1320mAh battery
Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 (upgradeable to ICS)
Price: Php16,990

We also reported earlier that Ice Cream Sandwich is being rolled out to a number of 2011 Xperia handsets last week so we are hoping ICS will also arrive on these new NXT models soon.

Disclosure: The contributor won an Xperia handset in a raffle done during the launch event. Yuga was also given a free unit used for the early review of the Xperia S.

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22 Responses to “Sony officially launches Xperia S, P, U in the Philippines”

  1. Turonbulaong
    Twitter: TuronBulaong
    says:

    Whaaa!!! Bakit may disclosure Sir Abe?!

    • itachi1 says:

      waw congrats! :)

    • benchmark says:

      Hehehe nabuko po ba kayo ni sir abe? Hehehe

      Swerte nyo! Kung d nanalo, may free. Congrats!

      Regarding sony phone, I haven’t own one pero sana medyo ibahin naman nila yun design. Its like naman wala silang effort sa design and development nila.

  2. jozef
    Twitter: jozefrockz
    says:

    Xperia P doesn’t utilize Adreno GPU.

    It is using DB8500 GPU with ARM CORTEX A9 CPU and ARM MALI 400 GPU.

  3. Turonbulaong
    Twitter: TuronBulaong
    says:

    @Itachi1 thanks Sir. :)

  4. dmeprestado says:

    Bakit sir sa specifications ng Sony Xperia Sola sa http://www.gsmarena.com wala itong front facing cam??? ibang version po ba yung Sola na released sa Pinas?

    • Turonbulaong
      Twitter: TuronBulaong
      says:

      Thanks for pointing this out. Lemme check out on this. I’ll update this post if needed be. We’ll keep you posted on this. :)

  5. showbiz says:

    Does Xperia S have expandable internal storage?

  6. jozef
    Twitter: jozefrockz
    says:

    maganda sana specs ng Xperia U, pero bat 4GB lang storage at wala pa talagang SD-Card … tsk2.. too bad Sony.

    Sir @Turonbulaong, same day po ba sila official na release dito sa pinas or mas nauna ang Xperia S? Kelan po nag launch? Kahapon po ba? or nung isang araw?

    • Turonbulaong
      Twitter: TuronBulaong
      says:

      Sir Josef according to Sony instead of 4Gb its actually 8GB internal storage for the Xperia U. I will also update this part ASAP to avoid any confusion.

      As I’ve said to @kenz, no word about when this Xperia handsets will be released. But I saw at Sony MOA that they’re already selling Xperia S.

      Regarding the GPU, I am still waiting for answer. I’ll keep you posted once I have it.

  7. kenz says:

    Saang stores po available tong mga to? Thanks.

    • Turonbulaong
      Twitter: TuronBulaong
      says:

      I’m currently here at Sony MOA and saw that Xperia S is now available. I asked the sales clerk and she said that they just received the Xperia S last Sunday. According to her it should be available at any Sony outlets but stocks are limited. No confirmed date of release for the other 3 Xperias.

  8. Wilson
    Twitter: wilsonbramos
    says:

    Will this be available on globe postpaid plans?

  9. JasonBourne says:

    Kelan po kaya release sa market ng experia U?

  10. Lynn says:

    Ano po bang mas maganda sony xperia u o samsung galaxy ace plus???.im thinking of buying the samsung galaxy ace pluce which is 13,490php..but when I saw sony xperia u im having double thought of buying the ace plus. The features of xperia u is better compared to the ace plus and the price of the xperia u is close to the ace plus which is 13,990 and the xperia u has a front facing camera and upgradable to ICSwhich the ace plus dont have…the only thing thag im interested in the ace plus s the larger screen and memory…which screen is larger the xperia u or the ace plus??? Is the samsung galaxy ace plus upgradable to ICS??? please help me I dont know which phone I will choose and I was thinking of buying a phone for my birthday this coming may 12. Can anyone give me advice? Thank you

  11. Soul Annihilator
    Twitter: soulannihilator
    says:

    Sony Xperia U: P13990
    Sony Xperia Sola: P16990

    The only difference? MicroSD slot.

    Does the MicroSD slot really cost P4000? Sony Xperia Sola doesn’t even have a front camera.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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