The Sony Xperia S is due for launch in early March, and it looks like Sony is getting ever closer to their best competition in terms of hardware, design and software. They are not quite there yet, and I expect them to be about 6 months behind in most specs by the time of launch compared to the competition, but the Xperia S may be the first phone that really feels like it’s worth getting from Sony in 2012.

UK retail store Clove released the whitepaper that gives us all the details we need to know about this upcoming Sony device:

Operating system: Google™ Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core
GPU: Adreno 220
Size: 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm
Weight: 144 grams
Available colours: black, white

Main screen

  • Colours 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • Resolution 1280×720 pixels
  • Size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
  • Scratch-resistant Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass


  • Internal phone storage 1 to 1.5 GB
  • RAM 1 GB
  • Flash memory 32 GB eMMC


  • Camera resolution 12 MP
  • Digital zoom 16x
  • Photo flash No
  • Video recording Yes – HD 1080p
  • Video chat camera Yes
  • Front Camera Yes – HD 720p for video chat and 1.3 MP for camera capture

I expect that by March we’ll see both the dual core 1.5 Ghz S4 processor and the dual core 1.8 Ghz OMAP 4470 processor shipping in some phones. If Xperia S would’ve had any of them, it would’ve meant a great deal for their competitiveness in the market. It’s not really about “needing” that difference in performance. It’s more about being able to make the best phone on the market – period – as a company, and show that you can do it. I’m sure there will be plenty of other even weaker phones from them and others, too, so just because a dual core S3 may be “enough” performance is not really the point.

Other than that, probably even more disappointing is that it says it features Android 2.3. That would be most unfortunate for such a unique device, that is being launched in March, to not have Android 4.0 at launch. However, for now, I still think Sony will launch it with ICS, even if it says otherwise in the whitepaper. I know they want to be very serious about putting the latest software fast on their phones, and I would be really surprised if they ship it without Android 4.0

The not-the-most-cutting-edge processor, and the lack of Android 4.0 would be its greatest weaknesses, and I’d say they would be pretty big ones. But otherwise, the other specs look very competitive. The 4.3″ HD Bravia display, 12 MP camera (it should be one of the very best), and its stylish design should go along way in compensating for its other shortcomings, especially with people who don’t care all that much about having the latest processor and version of Android.