xperia p xperia u

Unveiled back in February at the MWC, Sony’s Xperia P and Xperia U Android-based smartphones didn’t exactly look like a duo to die for. With beautiful designs, but rather modest specs and an almost inexplicable ICS omission, the two devices were received with mixed feelings by pundits and regular users. And if the lackluster innards of the two Xperias didn’t provide enough reasons for dissatisfaction, the Xperia P and U have just had their UK release delayed.

Initially set to hit the British market on May 7, the two sleek gadgets from Sony will start shipping three weeks later, on May 28. If you’re still bent to purchase one of these thingies and this new delay doesn’t put you off, you should know that Clove is currently taking pre-orders in the United Kingdom.

The Xperia U will ship in classic black and white, while the P will be made available in silver and black for £170 and £275 respectively (£204 and £330, VAT included). All prices are for unlocked phones, so you might get a better deal if you sign up for a contract.

Both Xperia phones will be powered by identical dual-core 1 GHz processors and will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, with “planned” upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich set to take place sometime in the near future.

The Xperia P will sport a 4-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, along with 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, as well as an 8 MP rear-facing shooter, a VGA front-facing camera, NFC, HDMI and DLNA connectivity.

As you might already know (or at least suspect), the Xperia U will sport a smaller 3.5-inch screen with 854 x 480 pixels resolution and will feature just 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, and a 5 MP rear-facing camera, with a VGA front-facing webcam. On the outside, aside from the obvious difference in size, the two will look almost identical.

Neither of the two smartphones have confirmed release dates or official prices next to their names for the rest of the Europe or the United States, but I personally would expect them to be made available worldwide sometime in late May or early June.

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