Although the Xperia Ion was the first to be officially presented to the world, it’s the Xperia S that’s touted as “the first Sony smartphone” – as you may already know, Sony bought Ericsson’s share in the Sony Ericsson joint venture, and from now on we’ll only see Sony smartphones (no more Ericsson).
The Xperia S measures 128 x 64 x 10.6mm, and will be launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread this quarter, in black and white, for a price that hasn’t been unveiled. It will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter of the year.
The new Sony handset features a 4.3 inch HD (1280 x 720) display with Mobile Bravia Engine, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, HSPA, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS, access to Sony’s Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and PlayStation Store, HDMI, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and a 12MP rear camera with Sony Exmor R sensor, fast capturing time (it “takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby”), and 1080p video recording.
Below you have two promo videos showing off the Xperia S:
Sony (Ericsson) has also announced two Xperias that won’t see a global release: the Xperia Acro HD – “the follow-up to Xperia Acro with popular Japan-specific features including infrared port data exchange, mobile wallet and mobile TV”, and the Xperia NX – a “variant of Xperia S for the Japanese market”.