For a long time now Sony has made some of the best cameras out there. Love the iPhone 4S camera? Of course, that’s because it’s got a Sony Exmor sensor in it. Sony’s two new Xperias are also pushing the visuals mighty hard.
The Xperia S is essentially the international version of the Xperia ion. Same 12MP camera, same 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, same NFC chip. It’s also got a 1280×720 BRAVIA Reality Display, but this one is only 4.3-inches vs. the ion’s big old 4.6-incher. The biggest difference is that the Xperia S is non-LTE and it will be available globally in yet-to-be-named select markets. It also has an interesting transparent piece toward the bottom that doesn’t really add any function, per se, but it’s cool looking.
From a design standpoint they look and feel really cool. Up front they’re all hard, sharp edges, but the back is gently-sloped convex aluminium, making them fit in the palm of your hand very nicely, similar to Nokia’s Lumia phones. The screens definitely qualify as HD, as you’d have you put you eyeball on the glass to see a pixel, but the blacks just weren’t nearly as inky as the Super AMOLED screens you see on Samsung phones. It’ll be interesting to see how they perform at different brightness levels.
The Xperias are running Android 2.3.5 at launch with Sony’s own skin on top. It’s one of the lighter skins I’ve seen, but it almost looks unfinished. Both devices are PlayStation Certified, which means they should have some tasty games heading their way. Ice Cream Sandwich update should be coming in Q2, thank god, which will make these phones about 300 per cent better. No word on pricing or availability yet.