Jan 09 AT 8:19 PM Dustin Earley 28 Comments

Sony reveals the Xperia S; 720p Reality display has never looked better

Sony Xperia S

The Sony Xperia S (codenamed Nozomi, originally rumored to release as the Arc HD) is yet another Android device we’ve been dying to get a look at now that CES is finally here. And boy does it look good.

Internally, the Xperia S is nearly identical to the Xperia Ion announced for AT&T earlier today. They both have a 1.5GHz processor, 12 megapixel Exmor R camera and a 720p Reality display. Externally, the two devices are a different story.

While both devices do manage to retain the same squarish design, the Xperia S is smaller, with a 4.3-inch display instead of 4.65, and much flashier. There’s a black and a white version of the Xperia S, but both feature a black bezel nestled around the usable area of the screen. Right underneath the display’s bezel is a “transparent element” that adds an extra splash of class to an already handsome device.

There’s no LTE radios in the Xperia S like the Ion, but it is PlayStation Certified.

As for when the Xperia S will go on sale, it’ll be available in “select markets” by the end of Q1. The Xperia S is slated to launch with Gingerbread, but will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the second quarter.

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Source: The Verge

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • teecruz

    Yay! no Ericcson branding. :]

    • Nicko01

      They did keep the Sony Ericsson logo on the back though.
      I actually like that logo. My bluetooth headphones have it and it has an interesting 3D look.

      • TruFactz

        Actually that was Sony’s logo

  • Dirge

    Damn,no LTE. :(

    • LukeT32

      agreed.. I like the look of this phone. Bring it to VZW with LTE and I might snatch it up…

  • brixe

    it looks really good…

  • YMS123

    Looks kinda thick in the picture, or is it just me?

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    NO LTE? T-mobile ;)?

  • jsweetser2

    That is a very nice looking phone, aerodynamic even. :)

  • nevetsg

    I am not sure about leaving off the labels for the home+menu+back keys. They may work with the ICS soft keys I guess..

    • yankeesusa

      The keys are there. Its just hard to see them.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        Yeah, I think they are the 3 subtle dots…

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait to upgrade later this month =)

  • Alvin B.

    Easiest way to KILL sales in Q1/Q2: Launch a device with outdated software and promise an update “later”…

    This is what happens:
    1) Update gets delayed over and over, so buyers don’t get the update till Q4 or so..
    2) Users get told “But you already GOT an update” when they want an update for the new Android released in the fall, less than 1 year after device launch.

    • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

      Hate to say it but there’s no way that’ll kill sales. The average consumer doesn’t give a shit, especially not with a phone this sexy

  • Hall Lo

    It is one good looking device! Tho i still like the lon more :P

  • http://www.neilcalvin.com Neil Calvin

    Sony knows how to make a pretty device. Now if only they can make one right…

    • yankeesusa

      I’m with you on that. So far sony has made some sleek looking phones but nothing that will attract the hardcore android user. Hopefully this phone will change things.

  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    This phone looks awesome both on paper and off! I might have to give sony a shot.

  • aranea

    I like the 4.3 inch form factor better than 4.65 inch but in either case no LTE, no ICS puts this phone in the lower part of my list.

    • damambt

      Just cause they wont launch the device w/ICS doesnt mean it wont be receiving it. Sony already made it clear that all of its new phones would get ICS. But, I agree, the lack of LTE is not going to make it appealing to buyers.

      • yankeesusa

        yeah, with sprint announcing their lte and verizon and att expanding their lte like wildfire a lot of people are jumping on lte. Lte is the first true 4g technology and it just keeps getting better. Oh well. At least with sprint they are also improving their 3g which isn’t that bad. 1.5 to 3mbps is decent for most things.

  • yankeesusa

    My goodness this phone looks sleek! If only sony came out with phones on sprint. I was looking at the experia on verizon and its a good looking phone. I would definitely think of buying it if it came to sprint. I guess I’ll just stick with htc and samsung for now. Hopefully by the time nexus lts is released on sprint htc would have announced their lte evo model.

  • Nathan D.

    Beast phone and that playstation certification isn’t half bad nether

  • Andy_jr

    My question about the transparent strip at the bottom is this: is there anything in the part below it, or is it empty (i.e. wasted) space?

    • Idontcarewhatmynameis

      The bottom part is where the antenna is located.

  • donger

    I want this phones.

  • Alexis

    Is the Xperia S offered for Sprint?

  1. Yay! no Ericcson branding. :]

    • They did keep the Sony Ericsson logo on the back though.
      I actually like that logo. My bluetooth headphones have it and it has an interesting 3D look.

  2. Damn,no LTE. :(

    • agreed.. I like the look of this phone. Bring it to VZW with LTE and I might snatch it up…

  3. brixeGuest 3 years ago

    it looks really good…

  4. Looks kinda thick in the picture, or is it just me?

  5. That is a very nice looking phone, aerodynamic even. :)

  6. I am not sure about leaving off the labels for the home+menu+back keys. They may work with the ICS soft keys I guess..

  7. Can’t wait to upgrade later this month =)

  8. Alvin B.Guest 3 years ago

    Easiest way to KILL sales in Q1/Q2: Launch a device with outdated software and promise an update “later”…

    This is what happens:
    1) Update gets delayed over and over, so buyers don’t get the update till Q4 or so..
    2) Users get told “But you already GOT an update” when they want an update for the new Android released in the fall, less than 1 year after device launch.

    • Hate to say it but there’s no way that’ll kill sales. The average consumer doesn’t give a shit, especially not with a phone this sexy

  9. It is one good looking device! Tho i still like the lon more :P

  10. Sony knows how to make a pretty device. Now if only they can make one right…

    • I’m with you on that. So far sony has made some sleek looking phones but nothing that will attract the hardcore android user. Hopefully this phone will change things.

  11. This phone looks awesome both on paper and off! I might have to give sony a shot.

  12. I like the 4.3 inch form factor better than 4.65 inch but in either case no LTE, no ICS puts this phone in the lower part of my list.

    • Just cause they wont launch the device w/ICS doesnt mean it wont be receiving it. Sony already made it clear that all of its new phones would get ICS. But, I agree, the lack of LTE is not going to make it appealing to buyers.

      • yeah, with sprint announcing their lte and verizon and att expanding their lte like wildfire a lot of people are jumping on lte. Lte is the first true 4g technology and it just keeps getting better. Oh well. At least with sprint they are also improving their 3g which isn’t that bad. 1.5 to 3mbps is decent for most things.

  13. My goodness this phone looks sleek! If only sony came out with phones on sprint. I was looking at the experia on verizon and its a good looking phone. I would definitely think of buying it if it came to sprint. I guess I’ll just stick with htc and samsung for now. Hopefully by the time nexus lts is released on sprint htc would have announced their lte evo model.

  14. Beast phone and that playstation certification isn’t half bad nether

  15. My question about the transparent strip at the bottom is this: is there anything in the part below it, or is it empty (i.e. wasted) space?

    • IdontcarewhatmynameisGuest 3 years ago

      The bottom part is where the antenna is located.

  16. I want this phones.

  17. AlexisGuest 3 years ago

    Is the Xperia S offered for Sprint?