Wow CES has shown us so many cool new devices already and it’s barely even started. Let’s talk about the newly announced Sony Xperia S, we have seen it leaked for quite a while now. Sony has dropped the Sony Ericsson brand name, and made this the Sony Xperia S. The Xperia Ion has all the same specs and features as the Xperia S except for LTE Support, unfortunately it’s a HSPA-only device.

Now for the goodies, the Xperia S is packing a huge 12-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch chassis with a 720p display. Of course we have a nice 1.5Ghz Dual-core Processor inside running this bad boy. The Xperia S is joining the Nexus family (and a few other phones) that have NFC – Near Field Communication – support. This device will ship running Android 2.3 – Gingerbread but has been promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, we just don’t know when that will be.

The Xperia S will be available starting in the second quarter of 2012, but it will not be on Sprint or Verizon, since it is a HSPA-only device. Feel free to read the full press release below and check out the photo gallery as well and let us know what you think.

First smartphone from the new Xperia NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony
9 January, 2011, Las Vegas, Nev.

Xperia™ S, the first smartphone from the new Xperia NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony*, was today announced at Sony’s press conference ahead of the 2012 International CES show in Las Vegas. The new Xperia S is an Android™ smartphone that delivers a stunning viewing experience with a high resolution screen, Sony HD experiences and a 12MP camera that takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby. Xperia S also comes with a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor for faster performance.

Xperia S within the world of Sony
The new Xperia S enables easy connectivity with multiple screens for consumers looking to share and enjoy content on whichever screen best suits their situation, whether it’s TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet. Consumers can watch their favourite content from the Sony Entertainment Network by connecting their Xperia S through HMDI to TV or share photos wirelessly with just one touch. Xperia S is also NFC (near field communication) enabled to allow consumers to share content with each other as well as enjoying an increasing number of NFC applications and services.

Biggest and best entertainment experiences from Sony
Xperia S will be able to access the richest entertainment experiences from Sony Entertainment Network**. Music Unlimited offers a global catalogue of 12 million unique songs while Video Unlimited has the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows from all major studios***.

Xperia S is also PlayStation™ Certified, guaranteeing a high quality smartphone gaming experience and access to the PlayStation® Store****.

Instantly Recognizable Design
Xperia S showcases a new design approach referred to as “Iconic Identity”. The design will be replicated across the Xperia NXT series and creates a simple strong look that is instantly recognizable. The transparent element at the base creates an iconic silhouette where the display is emphasized and underlined. In addition, it provides illumination effects and integrates the antenna components.

The user interface has been redesigned to match the minimalistic design of the hardware. The home screen has a new colorful flow background making full usage of HD Reality Display and dual-core processing power.

Xperia S will be available to consumers globally from the first quarter 2012. Launching on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread) Xperia S will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter 2012.