The Xperia NXT series was first announced during the Mobile World Congress, back in February. The three devices in the series, the Xperia S, P, and U are not Sony’s standard bearers (that spot is reserved to the LTE-enabled Xperia Ion), but they do deliver nevertheless decent specs and a classy appearance.
Our biggest gripe with the three devices is on the software side. The Xperias come with Gingerbread on board, which is a crying shame, no matter how you look at it. However, Sony has promised updates to ICS (for now) for all its recent devices, and, up until now, they’ve been quite good at respecting their update schedules.
The high-end Sony Xperia S will be available for a cool $559.99 in black and white, which is a bit pricey, considering that you can get an unlocked Galaxy Nexus (with Jelly Bean on board!) for $349, or an arguably better Samsung Galaxy S3 Developer Edition for an extra $50. The unlocked Sony Xperia P goes for $479.99, in silver, red or black versions, while the smallest of the littler, the Xperia U costs $299.99, and comes in black or white.
If you’ve been swayed by Sony’s promise of a quick update to ICS/JB or you are enamored with the Xperia NXT design philosophy, you should know that the unlocked devices are only compatible with AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s networks.
Check out the full press release below for more details!
Sony Mobile Communications Expands Smartphone Portfolio Bringing Xperia™ NXT Series to the US
Xperia™ NXT series launching as next generation smartphones from Sony Mobile includes Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U
o Xperia S offers an all-around HD experience
o Xperia P delivers outstanding screen brightness using Sony WhiteMagic(TM) display technology
o Xperia U packs powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design
What: To continue offering customers the best connected entertainment experiences, Sony Mobile Communications (USA), Inc. brings the next generation smartphones from Sony – Xperia NXT series – comprised of the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U.
Incorporating the best of Sony technology and premium entertainment, the Xperia NXT series provide easy connectivity. These smartphones also have an instantly recognizable design with the “transparent element,” a band that encircles the base of the phone and also integrates invisible antenna components. The transparent element illuminates when receiving calls, texts and notifications.
Xperia S combines an amazing HD experience with an impressive viewing experience through the high resolution 4.3 inch display with Mobile BRAVIA® engine, a 12 MP camera that takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby.
With a full aluminum unibody design, Xperia P debuts WhiteMagic™ display technology from Sony for the first time on a smartphone. WhiteMagictechnology delivers the brightest viewing experience; whether at the beach or on the ski slopes. Smart power efficiency automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to the surroundings to conserve battery life.
Xperia U combines powerful Sony entertainment with a stylish and compact design that consumers can personalize inside and out. In Xperia U, the transparent element illuminates to match the color of photos viewed in the gallery or the album art of music tracks currently playing. Xperia U can also be personalized with exchangeable color caps and themes. With xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, consumers will enjoy a crisp and loud sound experience. They can also stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speaks using DLNA.
Pricing & availability:
The Xperia NXT series is now available in the US at Sony stores nationwide and sony.com/NXT, Newegg.com and other online retailers. Please check with each retailer for additional pricing and availability.
· Xperia S – MSRP $559.99, unlocked, in black or white
· Xperia P – MSRP $479.99, unlocked, in silver, red or black
· Xperia U – MSRP $299.99, unlocked, in black or white
The Xperia™ NXT series are compatible with the network bands below.
· Xperia S
o UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
o GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
· Xperia P
o UMTS HSPA 850/900/1900/2100
o GSM GPRS EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
· Xperia U
o UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100
o GSM GPRS EDGE 850/900/1800/1900