The latest Xperia handset from Sony has been announced and one thing is for sure, it’ll take a while to get used to seeing just the word ‘Sony’ rather than ‘Sony Ericsson’ on new handsets from the Japanese manufacturer. Simply called the Xperia S the latest Sony handset looks like a very decent phone.
Samsung set a new benchmark with the Galaxy Nexus by including a 1280×720 resolution screen and the race is now on for other manufacturers to get 720p screens crammed into their new handsets. While the Xperia S has a smaller screen than the Galaxy Nexus it is still a comfortable 4.3 inches and the smaller size means the pixel density is even higher than the Galaxy.
Sony phones have long been known for their high-quality cameras and the Xperia S is no exception, the 12 megapixel camera features the Sony Exmor R low light sensor, this means just like some of the other recent Sony handsets the Xperia S will be able to take fantastic shots even in poorly lit locations. Sony also claim the Xperia S will be able to snap pictures with 1.5 seconds of unlocking the phone from standby mode.
Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor the Xperia S should be fast and responsive and the 32GB of memory will give you plenty of room to store pictures, videos, music and games. Sadly the Xperia S will launch with Android 2.3 but Sony promise an update to Android 4.0 will be available later this year.
The Xperia S also features an NFC chip which will become more useful as NFC enabled devices become more common and being PlayStation Certified means you’ll be able to play some top PS1 classics on the move. O2 and Phones 4U have already revealed they will stock the Xperia S which is believed to arrive around March, with a white version being exclusive to Phones 4U.