The Sony Xperia S is the first Sony branded phone after Sony Ericsson was acquired by Sony. It is run by Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS which can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Scream Sandwich. It has a display screen of 4.3-inches, a dual core processor with a speed of 1.5GHz with 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB or internal memory, a 12-megapixel main rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, and an HDMI output port. Sadly there is no MicroSD slot for memory expansion.
The 1.5 GHz dual core chip is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8260 with an Adreno 220 Graphic Processing Unit. With Gingerbread being the operating system of the said phone, it runs remarkably fast and probably twice as fast if upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The 4.3 LCD screen called Reality Display is capable of 720p HD resolution and a 324 pixel per inch, plus and an integrated Bravia technology that helped improve the viewing experience of the users. The display is said to be Sony’s selling point with the Sony Xperia S. It’s way better in terms of pixel density and color detail handling.
The 12-megapixel rear camera only has a single flash. With the addition of the Exmor R sensor, it improves the video and images even in poorly lit areas. It can record full HD with 1080p video resolution. The front camera may only be a 1.3-megapixel resolution, yet it is still impressive compared to other VGA camera’s found in other Smartphones. The front camera also records videos with resolution up to 720p.
The Xperia S has a dedicated button for its camera for quick access. It has volume buttons too that functions as zoom in and out for the camera and a standby button on top. It also includes a Micro USB for synchronizing and charging and a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and auxiliary speaker and capacitive buttons in front to go back and forth from home and menu. It also has an HDMI 2.0 output that allows you to connect the phone to an HDMI TV to extend video playback.
The Xperia S is also installed with both Sony Music and Video Music Unlimited. You just need to sign up to Sony Entertainment Network and you will be able to download music, rent or buy TV shows and movies directly from the phone.
This Smartphone supports, GPRS/EDGE, GSM, UMTS, HSDPA, WI-Fi, Bluetooth and the new NFC. Being an android phone, it also has the WI-Fi hotspot capability that enables multiple wireless devices to be connected to it all at the same time.
The battery is a Li-Ion 1750 mAh that gives the phone a standby time up to 420 hours on 2G or 420 hours on 3G, a talk time of of 7.5 hours on 2G and up to 8 hours on 3G while up to 25 hours of music playback.
The Sony Xperia S really packs a great hardware but the software is way outdated. Though it was able to handle the Gingerbread’s limitations, let’s see what it can do with an Ice Cream Sandwich treat when it is upgraded.