Sony has lifted the lid on its first smartphone since the Japanese firm brought an end to its long-term mobile phone partnership with Ericsson last year.
Unveiled at the CES 2012 expo in Las Vegas, the Sony Xperia S rocks a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with the same Mobile Bravia Engine technology you find in high-end Sony TVs, plus a none-more-Sony 12 megapixel camera with an Exmor R sensor.
Elsewhere, the handset packs Near Field Communication (NFC) support to enable users to pay for small-ticket items by swiping their phone over a reader and a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 processor.
Somewhat disappointingly, the Xperia S will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on board. However, an update to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich of Google’s operating system is promised for the second quarter of 2012, so if you invest in the smartie you won’t have too long to wait for some upgrade love.
Available in black and white colourways, Sony’s challenger is set to land in Blighty during the first quarter.
Three is the first UK carrier to confirm it is carrying the Xperia S and is expected to offer it free from around £30 per month.
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