MWC 2012: Sony Mobile unveils Xperia P and Xperia U

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Feb 262012

At what it described its first Sony press conference, Sony Mobile today unveiled the Sony Xperia P (codenamed LT22i Nypon) and Xperia U, its first Sony smartphones and part of the NXT series with the now shipping Xperia S.

Sony Xperia PSony Xperia P:

  • Processor: 1GHz dual-core U8500
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3 (upgradeable to 4.0)
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quad-band UMTS/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, NFC
  • Display: 4-inch qHD (540×960) WhiteMagic
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: VGA
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB
  • Dimensions / weight: 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 millimeters / 120 grams
  • Other: Aluminium unibody

Sony’s WhiteMagic displays add a 4th white sub-pixel to the usual red, green, and blue ones. It promises a brighter and more efficient display.

Like the previously announced Xperia S, it will support NFC tags.

Sony Xperia USony Xperia U:

  • Processor: 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3 (upgradeable to 4.0)
  • Display: 3.5-inch FWGA (854×480) TFT
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP AF with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Dimensions / weight: 112 x 54 x 12 millimeters / 110 grams
  • Other: Exchangeable base caps, 3D surround sound
  • Both the the Xperia P and Xperia U will be available in mid-Q2. Sony also promised to increase its marketing efforts to support these new Xperia smartphones. Specific details about availability in Canada were not provided.
  • Sony also announced that the LTE-enabled Sony Xperia ion will launch in markets outside of the US in the summer.

    Sony LT22i Nypon to be known as Sony Xperia P at launch?

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    Jan 302012

    The theory that Sony could go with a single letter naming convention for some of its 2012 smartphones got another boost today. We already know that the Sony Ericsson LT26i “Nozomi” officially became the Sony Xperia S. The Sony ST25i “Kumquat” also appears set to use a single letter as its model name as the Sony Xperia U. It now looks like Sony LT22i Nypon will be known as the Sony Xperia P.

    All three devices are now posted on Postel, the Indonesian Telecoms Regulatory body’s website:

    Sony Xperia P?

    A couple of pictures of the Sony LT22i Nypon surfaced last week. It is rumoured to be very similar to the Xperia S but with a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 chipset, a 4-inch qHD display, and an 8MP camera.

    Read more: Postel (Source: Xperia Blog)