Feb 26 AT 2:19 PM Nick Gray 30 Comments

Sony XPERIA U and XPERIA P officially announced


Taking the stage for the very first time under the Sony Mobile name, Bert Nordberg introduced the new Sony XPERIA P and XPERIA U as part of the Sony NXT (next) family of phones.

Unlike the XPERIA S, the XPERIA P features an aluminum unibody design with a 4-inch display with Sony’s new “Magic White” technology. According to Sony, the Magic White display makes the screen twice as bright when used in direct sunlight and was rated as the best display by nine out of ten consumers in a focus group conducted by Sony. Other specifications of the XPERIA P include a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video recording, NFC, and will be available in white, black and burgundy.

The Sony XPERIA U sports a 3.5-inch Reality Display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera, “xLoud” sound processing and the same sharp edge and transparent bar design featured on the larger XPERIA S which was unveiled at CES back in January. The transparent bar does have a new feature which allows it to change colors based on the different type of notifications your handset receives and will even match the color tone of your picture when you are flipping through your photo album on the phone. Those who like to customize the lok of their handset will have the ability to swap out the bottom cap below the transparent bar with a variety of different color replacements.

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While other OEMs are announcing new device running Android 4.0, Sony’s two new phones will be powered by Android 2.3 when they go on sale. Sony does plan on upgrading the XPERIA P and XPERIA U to Android 4.0 shortly after launch. Both the Sony XPERIA U and XPERIA P will be available to markets across the globe by the middle of the second quarter. Sony will also be launching it biggest marketing campaign in recent history in order to promote its line of new XPERIA handsets. Pricing for the two devices was not announced, but we suspect most European carrier will offer the phones for free to those who sign up for new two year service agreements.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • kwills88

    This is the first time I’ve ever swoon over an xperia device… I see Sony and Samsung duking it out in the near future.

  • Panatella

    Everytime. SE is really about great style, all their product in the Xperia lineup are all really good lookers. The rectangular form on these is really nice and has very ‘clean’ corners.
    BUT, the specs are not the big selling point here. They’re good, absolutely, but they’re not the cutting-edge-rocketscience-geek-pr0n everybody is drooling over.
    It looks very good, but i think specwise, there’s nothing new here.

  • redraider133

    Sony makes some nice looking phones, now if they would only bring some of their higher end devices to verizon and not just at&t.

  • David

    Ooooo look! A light-up, neon chin!

  • gentleman

    how much is the internal memory?

    • WTF

      No microSD so instant pass

  • van

    1ghz dual core, and running on 2.3…

    I dunno… doesn’t sound that a little behind the times? Good to hear they’ll upgrade to 4.0 “shortly after launch,” but the hardware seems a bit lacking when compared to what’s coming from the others.

    • van

      Err, doesn’t that sound a little*

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    This phone looks pretty slick! I kind of wish it was in the 4.3-4.6″ range though :/

    Nice to see Sony back in the game!

    • AsakuraZero

      you have the xperia S for that range

  • Jorge Vieira

    Im impressed, i can’t wait to have these in my hands!

  • jwier

    I’ve been a Sony man for so long, but any android phone that launches without 4.0 is immediately a non-contender. Too many manufacturers are having trouble upgrading devices to ICS. Why would any wise consumer trust the “promise” of updates “shortly” after launch?

    • David

      You can trust that promise because Sony has already released preview roms for their update to ICS for the arc s, ray and neo v. I think they’ll get it done when they say they will.

  • Xpeira Fever

    I hate big phones, everybody seems obsessed with bigger screens, nect you’ll be walking round with a tablet sized phone .. The Xperia U would be perfect if only it had the specs of the S, not everybody wants a huge phone and the Ray is much better than this device yet that is small so if you read this Sony, PLEASE make a next gen device in more than 1 size !!

  • w00x

    I sure hope the Xperia P has a 1280×720 screen. If so – I am IN!
    Build quality looks stunning! Not like the toyish feel of the Samsung Galaxy S/S2 devices.

  • Steve Nutt

    To me the whole Xperia range is sooo close to being the ones to go for, the only thing holding them back is Gingerbread and not ICS.

  • spazby

    Good start by sony, up the specs a little

  • aranea

    They look great but why 2.3? I mean come on Sony it 2012.

  • Steven Seagal

    It’s only now that it’s become apparent how much the “Ericsson” side of the partnership was holding Sony back.

  • mustybooks

    The design is unparalleled in the android universe IMO but look at the specs. How do they think that this is going to match high end devices in the coming months when they wouldn’t of even been able to match high end q3 2011.

    • Six8Six

      Ah, it’s a mid end device. Afaik it’s the neo successor

    • Six8Six

      Ah, it’s a midrange device. Afaik it’s the neo successor

  • Hall Lo

    This design is just stunning. Not just as simple as others, but not too fancy neither. It looks very professional and, the use of aluminum just topped it up. Sony is becoming one of my favourite manufacturers. :D

  • Nathan D.

    The phone is nice and all but I think the HTC phone is better

  • jenskristian

    Dual Core, Gingerbread and looks really thick. No thanks Sony.

  • Sachin

    I’ve never experienced an android phone, this would me my next and first android gadget.

  • kavin

    need card slot in sony u

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

    After spending almost two years with a HTC Legend I feel it’s my duty to warn absolutely everyone to never sacrifice specs for a beautiful shell. It really is what’s inside that counts

  • Andy_jr

    As long as the aluminum shell doesn’t kill the GPS… ;^)