Mobile Phone Division Rebranded to Sony Mobile Communication
Smartphone Launched Ahead of International CES 2012
Xperia S Set to Deliver Unmatched Entertainment Experience
Dubai-UAE: 10 January, 2012 – Xperia™ S, the first smartphone from Sony and the first from the new Xperia NXT series, was launched at a press conference today, ahead of the International CES 2012 show in Las Vegas. Sony also announced the name change of its mobile phone division to ‘Sony Mobile Communications’.
Xperia™ S is set to deliver a stunning viewing experience with a high resolution screen, full Sony HD, powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor for faster performance and a 12MP camera that takes pictures in just about 1.5 seconds from standby mode. Sony’s new smartphone enables easy connectivity with multiple screens for consumers looking to share and enjoy content on a screen that best suits their situation, whether TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Consumers can now watch their favorite content from the Sony Entertainment Network by connecting their Xperia™ S through HMDI to TV or share photos wirelessly with just one touch. Xperia™ S is also near field communication (NFC) enabled to allow users to share content with each other and enjoy an increasing number of NFC applications and services.
Xperia™ S is also PlayStation™ certified, guaranteeing a high quality smartphone gaming experience and access to the PlayStation Store.
Xperia™ S showcases ‘Iconic Identity’, a new design approach that will be replicated across the Xperia™ NXT series and creates a simple strong look that is instantly recognizable. The transparent element at the base creates an iconic silhouette where the display is emphasized and underlined. In addition, it provides illumination effects and integrates the antenna components.
The user interface has been restyled to match the minimalistic design of the hardware. The home screen features a new colorful flow background making full usage of HD Reality Display and dual-core processing power.
Available to consumers globally from the first quarter 2012 on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), Xperia™ S will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.
Xperia S at a glance:
Key Features for Xperia™ S
– 4.3 inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine with HD resolution screen (1280 x 720), as well as front (720p) and back (1080p) cameras for HD recording.
– 1.5GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download, which can be stored on the internal 32GB flash storage.
– 12MP back camera with Sony Exmor R™ for mobile along with Fastest Capture to take shots in just 1.5 seconds directly from standby mode.
– NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia™ SmartTags.
– With HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA Sync, Xperia™ S can quickly and easily stream content for a full HD experience on TV.
Smart Extras for Android
The announcement of Xperia™ S is supported by the launch of three new Smart Extras™ accessories to enhance the experience on Android and to bring content to consumers’ smartphones in an entirely new way.
Xperia™ SmartTags – switch your smartphone settings with a single swipe
Xperia™ Smart Tags work with any NFC enabled smartphone, including Xperia™ S. Simply touch a NFC enabled smartphone to a SmartTag, which is the shape and size of a small round token, and it launches a pre-configured profile in the phone such as the alarm clock for a SmartTag by your bed or a GPS application for the SmartTag in your car. These profiles can be easily personalised to reflect any taste and are designed to save time and offer easier experiences to consumers.
Smart Wireless Headset pro – the Bluetooth headset that does it all
This Bluetooth™ stereo headset for Android smartphones offers multifunctional features in addition to superior sound. On the display of Smart Wireless Headset, pro users can read text messages, see incoming calls, access calendar notifications and much more. When detached from the phone it functions as a standalone MP3 player and radio.
SmartWatch – access apps and smartphone features with a micro display for Android
SmartWatch is a micro display accessory for communicating with an Android™ smartphone via Bluetooth. Consumers can, for example, discretely access text messages, social media updates and manage calls or music. The display is mounted on a strap and can be worn as a watch. Applications allowing users to personalize their SmartWatch experience will be available on Android™ market.
Xperia™ S specifications
Colour: Black, White
– Size: 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm
– Weight: 144 grams
– Operating system: Google Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
– Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core
– 3D sweep panorama
– 12 megapixel camera
– 16x digital zoom
– Aperture f/2.4
– Auto focus
– Face detection
– Face recognition
– Front-facing camera (1.3 MP 720p)
– Geo tagging
– HD video recording (1080p)
– Image stabiliser
– Red-eye reduction
– Scene recognition
– Send to web
– Sony Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor
– Sweep panorama
– Touch focus
– Video light
– Video recording
– 3D surround sound
– Album art
– Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
– Clear audio
– Clear bass
– Music tones (MP3/AAC)
– PlayNow™ service
– Music Player
– TrackID™ music recognition
– xLoud™ Experience
– Android Market™
– Google™ search
– Google Voice™ Search
– Pan & zoom
– Web browser (WebKit)
– Call list
– Facebook™ application
– Google Talk™
– Noise suppression
– Polyphonic ringtones
– Sony Timescape™
– Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)
– Vibrating alert
– Instant messaging
– Multimedia messaging (MMS)
– Predictive text input
– Sound recorder
– Text messaging (SMS)
– 720p HD display
– Auto rotation
– Gesture input
– Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
– Picture wallpaper
– Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
– Screenshot capturing
– Touch screen
– 3D games
– Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
– Google Media Uploader
– Media browser
– Motion gaming
– PlayStation® Certified
– Radio (FM radio with RDS)
– Sony Entertainment Network
– TV launcher
– Video streaming
– Alarm clock
– Document readers
– Airplane mode
– Infinite button
– Setup guide
– 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
– Bluetooth™ technology
– DLNA Certified®
– HDMI support
– Media Transfer Protocol support
– Micro USB support
– Native USB tethering
– USB High speed 2.0 support
– Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
– 4.3” 720p HD display
– Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
– 1280 x 720 pixels (342 ppi)
– Over 16 million colour TFT
– Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
Memory: Flash memory: 32GB eMMC
UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Talk time GSM: Up to 7 hrs 30 min*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 450 hrs*
Talk time UMTS: Up to 8 hrs 30 min*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 420 hrs*
Music listening time: Up to 25 hrs*
Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs 30 min*
Embedded battery: 1750 mAh typical, 1700 mAh minimum
*Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
In the kit:
Xperia™ S, Built-in battery, Stereo portable hands-free, Charger, Micro USB cable for charging, Synchronisation and file transfer, HDMI cable, Car charger, Screen protector, 2x NFC tags, User documentation
About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson celebrates its 10th year as a joint venture between Sony Corporation and Ericsson in October, 2011. Over the years Sony Ericsson has brought together the best communication technologies with superior entertainment user experiences to create its Xperia™ line of the ‘most entertaining smartphones’ in the mobile handset industry. With its global corporate functions in London, Sony Ericsson has sales and marketing operations in all major regions of the world, as well as manufacturing in China, and product development sites in China, Japan, Sweden and Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit: www.sonyericsson.com/press.