Been holding out for the very latest Sony Xperia handsets stateside? Well now you need wait no longer, because the handsets are fully available unlocked and contract free from today meaning that for the first time Sony can have a dig at the US smartphone market properly against Apple, Samsung and HTC, three companies which largely dominate all US smartphone sales.
The good news surrounding these handsets? All of them are pretty good. The bad news surrounding these handsets? None of them are class leaders, and in fact all of them are pretty out dated already. The mantle of class leader firmly falls to HTC and Samsung respectively. What Sony’s latest Xperia smartphones are however are a solid attempt at bringing a little bit of Japanese love to the US market because after all, who doesn’t want even more choice even if it is out dated?
In terms of the cell phones themselves The Xperia P is available from the Sony Store for $479.99, the Xperia S is available from the Sony Store for $469.99 whilst the mid-range Xperia Sola can be had for just $299.99.
The Xperia S is the flagship smartphone of the trio sporting a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 4.3-inch TFT 1280 x 720 display. The Xperia P is second in the running with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 4.0-inch display whilst the Sola, which is a lot cheaper than either of those two, sports a 1GHz dual-core processor and more portable 3.7-inch display.
Since Sony announced their flagship smartphone and newer Xperia brand of handsets new smartphones have emerged in the US market which are twice as fast and offer far more for the consumer overall (Galaxy S3, HTC One X). Also if you need any more proof other than them being slow in comparison to current offerings, all three of these handsets ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Yep, Gingerbread, even though ICS is available on one heck of a lot of handsets now and Jelly Bean is just around the corner. Naturally Sony have promised an ICS update, however, which isn’t available yet.
We’re sorry if we sound a little bit pessimistic surrounding this news. The problem we have is that much like all of their business operations (think PSP), Sony have completely missed their window of market emergence and what’s more they have also offered up lacklustre products of which only a nutter would buy given the current choices available from competitors in the US.
Love Sony? Buy one of these handsets. Love the latest technology? Go HTC or Samsung.