Sony unveils Xperia V at IFA 2012: 4.3-inch display, Snapdragon S4, 13MP camera and more
There seems to be a race between Sony and HTC to claim every alphabet under the sun for their phones. Following the carefully coordinated release of the Xperia S, P, and U, a new trio of Xperia phones is set to replace the older models. Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai has just introduced the Xperia T, Xperia V, and Xperia J at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Let’s see what the Xperia V is packing inside.
In terms of specs, the Xperia V sits nicely in the middle between the top-of-the-line Xperia T and the more affordable Xperia J. Similar to the Xperia T, the Xperia V boasts a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, though you will find the latter to carry a smaller 4.3-inch HD display with 342 ppi pixel density. Apart from that, the phone is also equipped with the same 13MP rear camera, front-facing camera, and the all-important PlayStation certification – which makes it a must have for gamers.
Sony seems to have learned from its mistake of not providing timely updates. You’ll find Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Xperia V — an upgrade to Jelly Bean has been promised to come not long after the phone is launched. Sony also mentioned that the Xperia V will have a water and dust resistant body, thanks to its IP57 certification.
The Xperia V is set to hit stores in the latter part of the year. Do you think the V will end up being victorious? Or is it a vapid offering from Sony?
New Xperia smartphone series with Sony’s best HD experiences deliver next step in connected entertainment
Xperia T combines Sony’s best HD experiences, easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ sharing enabled by NFC and award-winning arc design. Xperia J makes stylish smartphone design affordable with a standout screen size
29 August, 2012 – London, UK – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced a new range of Xperia™ smartphones, along with the first Xperia Tablet from Sony Corporation at the consumer electronics show IFA. Featuring in the upcoming James Bond cinema release Skyfall, Xperia T is the new flagship model for the UK, providing Sony’s best HD smartphone screen, camera and easy ‘One-touch’ functions enabled by NFC (Near Field Communications).
Xperia J has eye-catching design with a stand-out screen size for consumers looking to combine great style with affordability. Xperia Tablet S brings Xperia to the world of tablet for the first time. Xperia T will launch in the UK next month. Xperia J will launch in calendar Q4 2012.
“This year’s IFA marks an important milestone for Sony and Sony Mobile Communications. Xperia smartphones are at the heart of Sony’s mobile strategy of delivering a consistent user experience across devices, enabling consumers to easily and quickly access the world of entertainment that Sony delivers,” commented Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications.
Xperia smartphones: best of Sony’s technology and design
Xperia T combines Sony’s best screen, camera and connectivity to provide consumers with the best HD experience with which to enjoy content on any screen, any time. Xperia T and Xperia J build on the same design language first introduced by the award-winning* Xperia arc and Xperia arc S – combining a slim form factor with an emphasis on the display for excellent viewing.
More entertainment with new Sony’s media applications and Music Unlimited
Sony’s media applications (“WALKMAN®”, Album and Movies) combine the best of Sony’s technologies and connect consumers to a variety of entertainment services. The Sony media applications are an integral part of the UI on Xperia smartphones, tablets and VAIO PCs to deliver a consistent and superior entertainment experience.
Furthermore, with Album and Movies applications, consumers can remotely enjoy their photos and movie content stored in their home digital media servers.
Xperia smartphones shipping from September until the end of the year will come with a free 60 day trial of Sony Entertainment Network’s** cloud-based digital streaming music service Music Unlimited giving consumers the opportunity to subscribe directly from their Xperia and enjoy access to millions and millions of tracks.
‘One-touch’ functions for content sharing
Sony is putting NFC at the heart of content sharing through its ‘One-touch’ function, taking NFC beyond the traditional uses such as eticketing and payments. Now, consumers can easily and instantaneously enjoy their music and photos across an array of NFC enabled Sony devices, by simply touching one to another to establish a wireless connection without a cumbersome pairing process. For example, Xperia T users can stream music wirelessly with ‘One-touch’ to the new Sony SRS-BTV5 NFC enabled speaker, also announced today at IFA.
Xperia T key features:
- 4.6″ HD Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine for razor sharp clarity
- 13MP fast capture camera that goes from sleep mode to snap in just over a second
- Full 1080p HD video recording capabilities and a 720p HD front camera for the highest quality content
- Easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ function enabled by NFC
- PlayStation™ Certified
- Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery life, fast performance and ultra sharp graphics
- ·Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch. Detailed timing to follow
- MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger
- Use Xperia TV Dock with MHL to HDMI converter and charging connector to enjoy photos and videos on an HDMI enabled TV
- In some markets Xperia T will be known as Xperia TX
- Available in Black, Silver and White colours
Xperia J key features:
- 9.2mm slim stylish design
- Large 4.0″ FWVGA Display
- Social media updates by illumination
- 5MP camera
- Front chat camera
- Available in Black, Gold, White and Pink colours