After struggling for much of last year in satiating the public’s growing hunger for bigger, better, and faster Android devices, a reenergized Sony Mobile is hoping to turn things around in 2012 with its new line of Xperia devices. It remains to be seen whether the Xperia portfolio can do for Sony what the Galaxy did for Samsung, but expanding the reach of the devices in a hotly contested market is a surefire way to send the signal that Sony’s not going down without putting up a fight.
Working with Brightstar, a specialized wireless distributor in the US, the deal will see three new Sony smartphones become available for customers, which include the Xperia S, Xperia P, and Xperia U. Out of the three, the Xperia S is the designated flagship device. But we’re not sure if the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 1280 x 720 resolution in a 4.3-inch screen, and NFC chip would be enough to lure buyers. The Xperia P and Xperia U, meanwhile, come with 4.0 and 3.-5inch display – respectively. They both have 1GHz dual-core processor inside.
There’s no word yet on the network that’s expected to carry the Xperia S, Xperia P, and Xperia U in the US of A, let alone a release date and pricing detail. For now, you have to settle with knowing that another one of the company’s devices, the Xperia Ion, will hit the stores in Q2 2012, courtesy of AT&T.
Frankly, the Xperia Ion seems to me a more impressive offering in comparison to the Xperia S. A huge 4.6-inch HD display bolstered by the Bravia engine, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a nice 12MP camera, and 4G LTE connectivity all await you.
It is mindboggling how Sony, as one of the largest electronic manufacturers AND owner of an entertainment empire, is struggling with their Android efforts. Coupled with the PlayStation brand and an extensive back catalog of games, they do have the hardware and content resources to pull off great things. With Kaz Hirai taking the helm at Sony now, we might just see the company experiencing happier times ahead. Go Sony!