Perhaps the biggest challenge that Sony Ericsson faced during the past two years had to do with its seeming inability to release top-of-the-line handsets that had specifications - or at least, a processor - that can go head to head with that of the competition. (Or maybe, simply the inability to release handsets on time.)
For example, last year, when rival companies released flagship Dual Core Android phones like Samsung Galaxy S2, LG Optimus 2X and HTC Sensation that eventually ruled the market, SE's flagship phone - the Arc (, which - all other things considered - is a great handset) - had a single core chip.
But it appears all that is about to change.
If the first product of Sony's take over of the former joint venture with Ericsson were any indication of where the revitalized handset line is headed, 2012 should prove to be a good year for the brand.
TP Friends, meet Sony Xperia S --
Arriving within Q1 2012, Xperia S has specs that will make you believe that Sony can actually give other brands a serious run for the money; 1.5 GHz Dual Core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12 MegaPixel camera with Exmor R sensor for better shots in low-light conditions, Full HD video recorder at the back and HD 720p videocam in front -- In short, everything that a Q1 2012 flagship Android release should have, save for Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which Sony promises to send via firmware upgrade within the 2nd half of this year.
So when will Sony Xperia S arrive in the Philippines? Right now, we can only speculate. I'm guessing it will land here sometime in Q2 with SRP of around Php 30,000 - Php 35,000.
Can't wait to play with a unit!
While we're all awaiting updates, you might want to check out the phone's complete specs:
|Name||Sony Xperia S|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Price Category||High-End (Flagship Release)|
|Dimensions||128 x 64 x 10.6 mm|
|Available Colors||Silver, Black|
|Operating System||Android 2.3 Gingerbread|
|Display||4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Dual-core 1.5 GHz Adreno 220 GPU Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset|
|Camera||12 MegaPixels, 4000x3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Secondary Camera: 1.3 MegaPixels|
|Video Capture||Back camera: 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer, Front Camera: 720p@30fps|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player|
|Ports||HDMI, microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100 - LT26i HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - LT26a|
|Memory||16 or 32 GB fixed|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope|
|Uptime||Standby of up to 400 hours, Talk time of up to 8 hours 30 minutes|
|Value-Added Features||Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, Timescape UI, SNS Integration, Google Services Suite, Exmor R Backlit Sensor|
|Availability||Q1 2012 in some territories|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: Php 35,000|