Sony Xperia S

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Sony Xperia
Sony Xperia S on hand.jpg
Sony Xperia S running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
(Model: LT26i)
Manufacturer Sony Mobile Communications
Series Sony Xperia
Compatible networks GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 850/900/1900/2100
First released 1 March 2012; 2 years ago (2012-03-01)
Predecessor Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
Successor Sony Xperia T & Sony Xperia TX
Type Smartphone
Dimensions 128×64×10.6 mm
5.0×2.5×0.4 inches
Weight 144.0 g (5.08 oz)
Operating system Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread")
upgradeable to Android 4.0.4 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") and 4.1.2 ("Jelly Bean")
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
CPU 1.5 GHz dual-core Scorpion
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 220
Memory GB RAM
Storage 32 GB of internal storage
Removable storage none
Battery 1750 mAh
Data inputs On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Display 4.3 in (110 mm) TFT LCD
720×1280 resolution (342 ppi)
24-bit true color
Rear camera 12.0 Mpx with 1080p video recording and 16× digital zoom
Connectivity micro-USB, HDMI 2.0, 3.5 mm Audio Jack, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, aGPS, GLONASS, NFC, DLNA, USB On-The-Go
Other PlayStation Suite, Sony Entertainment Network (specifically, "Music Unlimited" and "Video Unlimited")

The Sony Xperia S (also known as the Sony Ericsson Xperia NX in Japan) is an Android smartphone from Sony launched at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. It is the first Sony-only branded smartphone after Sony acquired Ericsson's stake in Sony Ericsson in January 2012. The Xperia S has a 4.3 in (110 mm) touch-screen with the mobile BRAVIA engine which optimizes the picture, a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, a 12.0-megapixel rear camera, HDMI-out, 1 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage.

Availability[edit]

The handset has been available in Barcelona since the 29 February 2012 after the Mobile World Congress,[1] and in United Kingdom since March 2012[2] at a MSRP of 399 GBP[3] or 449 EUR in France[4] and in Singapore at $700.

Hardware[edit]

The capacitive touchscreen display measures 4.3 inches with a resolution of 1280×720 and at 342 ppi which, at release, was tied with the HTC Rezound for the highest pixel density in any mobile phone. It supports multi-touch and features High Definition Reality Display with mobile BRAVIA engine from Sony and is capable of displaying 16,777,216 colours. The camera has 12 megapixels with Exmor R for low light capturing and is capable of recording video at 1080p High Definition, it also features a front-facing camera of 1.3 megapixels and is capable of recording video at 720p. The device features a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a micro-USB connector that also supports USB On-The-Go and a micro HDMI port for viewing pictures and videos from the device on a TV screen. It is also equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled which can be used with Xperia SmartTags,[5] or for low value financial transactions, as NFC becomes more widespread in use, with the appropriate applications from Google Play.[6]

Software[edit]

The Xperia S was released with Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread"), but received an update to Android 4.0.4 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") on 21 June in some countries or carriers.[7] Sony has announced an update to Android Jelly Bean 4.1 for the Xperia S from the end of May 2013.[8] The update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean began to roll out on 30 May 2013.[9] The update brought new features, such as improved entertainment and camera apps, improved battery life, improved app organisation and new personalisation options.[10]

The Xperia S is Facebook integrated and features the Timescape UI. It is also PlayStation Certified which allows users to play PlayStation Suite games, and is connected to the Sony Entertainment Network, allowing users to access Music & Video Unlimited. The Xperia S is also DLNA certified.[11]

Design[edit]

Over 90% of the Xperia S' front is display and the back is curved slightly for comfort. The antenna is embedded in the transparent strip which cuts through the base of the device, the strip illuminates and indicates where the back, home, and menu buttons are placed. The buttons themselves are implemented as touch-sensitive regions between the transparent strip and the screen.

Reception[edit]

At launch, the Xperia S was praised for its hardware, its distinctive design, high-definition display, efficient camera and voice clarity but was criticized for its lack of removable storage and battery. Among Android smartphones, it competes with the Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD, and Samsung Galaxy S III.[12] The 2012 June update to the newest Android version, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), was well received and added its own improvements.[13]

Despite the Xperia S and the iPhone 4S sharing similar Exmor R camera sensors, Natasha Lomas of CNET UK preferred the iPhone 4S camera for its colours, exposure, focus and noise reduction,[14] (some comments on Natasha's article criticised that the test was biased and unfair whilst others felt that the conclusion was justified), but for Basil Kronfli of recombu, the Xperia S was nearly tied with the HTC One X for the best camera, for its physical button and detailed picture quality, ahead of the Nokia N8, itself above the iPhone 4S.[15]

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Preceded by
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
Sony Xperia S
2012
Succeeded by
Sony Xperia T & Sony Xperia TX