Sony’s debut flagship smartphone, the Xperia S, will be available on nearly all the major UK networks, it has been confirmed.
O2, Orange and T-Mobile, as well as high street vendor Phones 4U, have officially confirmed they will be joining Three to offer the handset on a range of tariffs when it lands in the UK sometime in March or April.
This leaves only Vodafone to get on board for the launch, which has so far remained tight-lipped as to its plans for the phone.
Unveiled at this week’s CES 2012 expo in Las Vegas, the Xperia S is home to a 4.3-inch Reality Display touchscreen, a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8260 processor and a 12-megapixel camera with an Exmor R sensor.
Also on board is Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for contactless payments, plus the somewhat dated Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread. However, an upgrade to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich is promised in Q2.
The Xperia S is Sony’s first mobile effort since it assumed full control of its smartphone business from Ericsson. The Japanese electronics giant will be hoping to leverage its brand recognition and key services to emulate the kind of success rivals Samsung and HTC are enjoying with Android.
Whether it will succeed or fail remains to be seen, but the prospects have never been better for Sony to establish itself as a genuine competitor in the market.