Looks like Sony's 2012 flagship smartphone will be arriving in the Philippines sooner than expected - with an SRP far lower than our Php 30,000 to Php 35,000 predicted price tag last January.
Last week, Sony Mobile Philippines posted this exciting status update on its official Facebook page confirming that the 4.3-inch Sony Xperia S will hit store shelves 'real soon' with a Php 27,990 official suggested retail price.
As a top-of-the-line release, Sony Xperia S comes with the best technical specifications that the company could have given a handset this year or at least the first half of it. Some of the highlights include a 1.5 GHz Dual Core processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with planned Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, 1GB of RAM for convenient multitasking, 4.3-inch 720 x 1280 pixels resolution LED-backlit LCD display, 12 MegaPixel camera featuring Exmor R sensor technology, and a Full HD 1080p video recorder.
While its subdued design is exemplary and its specifications are indeed highly-competitive (save for the dual core chip, maybe), what makes Sony Xperia S truly special - I believe - are the patented Sony multimedia features and services that are bundled with the device. Of course, there's Sony Entertainment Network for movies and music, and the Sony PlayStation Store for games. As for capturing moments, the phone features a back-lit sensor similar to but more powerful than what's found on Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc; This enables Sony Xperia S' camera to shoot clear and crisp photos and videos even in not-so-well-lit environments.
So when can we expect to see this smartphone in stores? Sony Mobile Philippines didn't really include the exact release date of the handset in that status update. But I'm inclined to believe that it's only a matter of weeks (or days even) before Sony Xperia S becomes available via the company's official retailers across the country. (After all, some grey market sellers are already offering the device.)
That's it for now but kindly stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, you might want to check out the complete technical specifications of Sony Xperia S --
|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, will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich eventually|
|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, NFC|
|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|
|Announcement||Global: January 2012|
|Availability||Q2 2012 in the Philippines|
|Price||Official SRP in the Philippines: Php 27,990|