Sony marked its first Mobile World Congress (MWC) since splitting with Ericsson with the unveiling of two new Android phones.
Perhaps to foster the sense of a clean break with its former partner and a fresh start, Sony’s kits will be corralled together under the brand name ‘NXT Series’. However, they will retain the Xperia tag that from the former-joint venture’s range of smartphones.
Check out the Xperia U in action in the clip below
Heading Sony’s early 2012 line-up is the 1GHz dual-core processor-toting Xperia P. Very much billed as the premium offering, its spec sheet includes a four-inch Reality Display screen augmented with the company’s WhiteMagic technology, an eight-megapixel camera with 3D capture and 16GB of internal storage.
The Xperia U is an altogether less impressive beast and sports a 3.5-inch Reality Display powered by Mobile Bravia Engine of the kind that featured on last-gen Sony Ericsson phones, a 3D-capable five-megapixel camera and 16GB of tertiary storage. A 1GHz dual core processor is on board to keep things ticking over.
Somewhat disappointingly, both phones will feature Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) out of the box. However, we’re promised there’ll be an update to the 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) version of the software during Q2.
The handsets’ USP, though, lies in the integration of PlayStation and content deals with Sony Pictures and the ease with which users can share content between them and other Sony devices.
According to Bert Nordberg, president of Sony, this is part of Sony’s strategy to deliver a “connected entertainment experience” and be instrumental in differentiating Sony phones from the slew of Android rivals.