The Sony Xperia S comes with tempting hardware and sophisticated design touches that will compete favorably among its peers. The phone is notably Sony’s first device after Ericsson’s break away, considering its flourished features and serious specifications; Sony Xperia S is bound to bring fortunes in a highly competitive market segment. It features 720p resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an amazing 12-Megapixel primary camera. Despite Sony Xperia S’s serious specs, the phone has some obvious drawbacks compared to others in its caliber such as the onboard Gingerbread software instead of the latest Android Ice Cream OS (an update is expected) and a relatively non thin body. Sony was keen to ensure a sophisticated design on this shiny black device to keep it afloat amongst its competitors, though it’s not the thinnest device we’ve seen so far in this category.
There is a transparent stripe a long the bottom that’s illuminated by touching three touch sensitive buttons sitting just above it. The stripe could be considered divisive although it’s intended to make the handset look unique and sophisticated. Sony Xperia S’s major design drawback surfaces when its thickness is put to test alongside peers in the same genre, its not as thin as expected or at least not as slender as its peers such as LG Prada 3.0/K2/P940, the handset is not bulky though and comfortably fits in your pocket with no difficulty. Turning to the positive specifications, Sony Xperia S has a 4.3inch screen boasting of an amazing 720x1280p screen resolution, enough to display sharp, crisp clear images and text. Browsing web pages is quite an experience as small text and images are crisp clear enough due to its undisputable resolution capability. In addition, the enormous screen resolution ensures on-screen icons look sharp and vivid as well as doing justice to your photos and high-definition videos.
Sony Xperia S is powered by a 1.5GHz dual core processor which is at par with most high-end devices; at this speed, the phone is capable of processing HD movies and other graphically demanding applications and games comfortably. Sony Xperia S is also capable of processing 3D applications as well as multitasking without any noticeable lag, the chip is fast enough to achieve comfortable performance, its does not record any lag while sweeping through various home screens. There’s a 12.0Megapixel camera nested in the back, when compared to its peers, that’s too much of resolution to snap those beautiful moments, it snaps with speed (1.5 seconds to be precise) too from standby.
- Android v2.3 Gingerbread OS (I CS update expected), Touch sensitive controls
- 1.5GHz dual-core Processor, GPU: Adreno220, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8260
- 4.3inch (720x1280p) (342ppi) LED TFT Capacitive touch screen, 16m colors
- 12.0MP (4000x3000p) Prim. camera, auto-focus, LED flash, 1.3MP front camera
- Geo Tagging, image stabilization, smile and face detection, touch-focus
- Sensors (Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro), GPS: A-GPS support, NFC
- No MicroSD card slot, 16/32GB Internal storage, 1GB RAM
- 14.4Mbps HDSPA, 5.8Mbps HSUPA, MicroUSB, Stereo FM radio with RDS
- WiFi 802.11/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot, DLNA , WiFi direct, Sony mobile BRAVIA
Sony Xperia S (Nozomi)Price in Kenya: (unavailable)