First Sony Smartphone ‘Xperia S’ Unveiled – 4.3 inch Display, 12MP Camera

SONY LogoSony announced its first smartphone Xperia S, the first smartphone from the new Xperia NXT series . This next generation smartphones from Sony, was announced at Sony’s press conference ahead of the 2012 International CES show in Las Vegas. The new Xperia S is an Android smartphone that delivers a stunning viewing experience with a high resolution screen, Sony HD experiences and a 12MP camera that takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby. Xperia S also comes with a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor for faster performance.

Xperia S within the world of Sonysony-xperia-s-front

The new Xperia S enables easy connectivity with multiple screens for consumers looking to share and enjoy content on whichever screen best suits their situation, whether it’s TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet. Consumers can watch their favourite 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 NFC (near field communication) enabled to allow consumers to share content with each other as well as enjoying an increasing number of NFC applications and services.

Biggest and best entertainment experiences from Sony

Xperia S will be able to access the richest entertainment experiences from Sony Entertainment Network. Music Unlimited offers a global catalogue of 12 million unique songs while Video Unlimited has the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows from all major studios.

[advt]Xperia S is also PlayStation Certified, guaranteeing a high quality smartphone gaming experience and access to the PlayStation Store.

Instantly Recognizable Design 

Xperia S showcases a new design approach referred to as “Iconic Identity”. The design 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 redesigned to match the minimalistic design of the hardware. The home screen has a new colorful flow background making full usage of HD Reality Display and dual-core processing power.


Xperia S will be available to consumers globally from the first quarter 2012. Launching on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread) Xperia S will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter 2012.

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.
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download, which can be stored on the internal 32GB flash storage.
  • 12 MP 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 using BRAVIA Sync for controlling your Xperia S with your TV remote control when connected to the TV, Xperia S delivers 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 SmartTags 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, designed to save consumers time and make their smartphone lives easier.

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

All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.

  • 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
  • Flash/LED
  • Front-facing camera (1.3 MP 720p)
  • Geo tagging
  • HD video recording (1080p)
  • Image stabiliser
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Self-timer
  • 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
  • Bookmarks
  • Google search
  • Google Voice Search
  • Pan & zoom
  • Web browser (WebKit)


  • Call list
  • Facebook application
  • Google Talk
  • Noise suppression
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape
  • Speakerphone
  • Twitter (Timescape integration)
  • Vibrating alert


  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Gmail
  • 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
  • Wallpaper


  • 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
  • YouTube


  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Document readers
  • eCompass
  • Airplane mode
  • Infinite button
  • Notes
  • Setup guide
  • Stopwatch
  • Tasks
  • Timer


  • 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • HDMI support
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB support
  • Native USB tethering
  • NFC
  • USB High speed 2.0 support
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality


  • 4.3” 720p HD display
  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 1280 x 720 pixels (342 ppi)
  • 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass


  • 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

Battery life

  • 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 handsfree
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging
  • Synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation

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