Jan 28 AT 11:18 AM Nick Gray 24 Comments

Fast charging, stain resisting Sony Xperia S hits the FCC with support for AT&T 3G


There’s no denying that the Sony Xperia S was one of our favorite Android phones at CES. The handset’s unique design certainly makes the phone stand out, but apparently Sony wasn’t ready to reveal all the handset’s secrets at this month’s trade show. According to a recent post on the company’s Facebook page, the Xperia S features an “anti-stain shell,” something we’ve already seen on the recently released Droid RAZR from Motorola. If that wasn’t enough, a rumor is floating around that suggests the Xperia S will have a fast charging feature which will allow users to get one hour of handset use with only 10 minutes of charging.

We’ve known that the Sony Xperia Ion would be headed to AT&T this spring, but it looks like the Xperia S may soon make an appearance in North America as well. The handset recently showed up at the FCC with support for AT&T’s 3G radio bands, Bluetooth 2.0, NFC, WiFi b/g/n, GPS and ANT+. While we’re excited to see support for AT&T’s 3G radio bands, we have a feeling our neighbors to the north will be seeing the Xperia S on Rogers long before the handset is spotted in an AT&T store.

Are any of you AT&T customers thinking about paying full price to import the Sony Xperia S, or will you simply wait to see what Sony and other manufacturers unveil at Mobile World Congress and CTIA this spring?

Via: Xperia Blog

Source: FCC

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Tom Fechhelm

    Ok. I give. What exactly does anti-stain shell mean? My phone is almost 2 years old and doesn’t have any stains. Haven’t needed Shout or Spray n’ Wash.

    • squiddy20

      I’m left wondering the same thing…

    • HoLfElDeR
    • Shadowlore

      When I initially saw the ‘Anti-stain’ shell, I started wondering WTH it meant too… then I started thinking, and my mind went to a rather horrible ‘Ewwwwwwwww’ place.


  • Raptor

    rofl…. After such clueless article I’m wondering what is its target auditory? The total dumbos? Mentioning Wifi and GPS but not the processor type or screen parameters…Can not imagine something like that on Anandtech website.

    • erin g

      If you want to know more about the device, just click the link in the body which takes you to a hands on description of the device. There’s no need to restate specs every single time a handset makes the news. Do you want them to give you a short history about Sony and the FCC as well?

      • Raptor

        hahaha truly all done for dumbos who want to know if smartphone has WiFi LOLLOLOL

        And his links is an additional story. Have you try to click on them before u post? try and “enjoy” this


        Long Friday night, Nick?

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          Link has been fixed. Thanks for letting us know. If you ever want to find out more details about a phone, you can click on the device tag which is between the blog post and comments.

          Other handset details were not included in this article because I simply covered the details which were revealed in the FCC documentation (only radio communications features). We have covered the Xperia S specs multiple times in other posts over the past 2 months.

          • Raptor

            Well, it’s the broken link on any previous coverage by this site was the reason this article looked like a dumb orphan.

        • squiddy20

          …or you could use your “Google phone” to, ya know, Google something. -_-

          People these days…

          • Raptor

            With all due respect to your Dicks bitching i have to note that this is stupid. That means i will leave this site and as anyone well knows with great probability not return

          • squiddy20

            If, when you say “leave this site”, you mean that as if you will have to navigate away from this website in your browser, I must point out that most browsers have the ability to open new tabs, making your point moot.
            If you meant it as in you would you would never return to this website ever again, so what? If your comments are anything to go by, you hate it here. You call us “dumbos” and “dumb orphans” (really?), not to mention ridicule the Android and Me staff for a very simple and understandable mistake. Why keep coming back to a website that you think is for “dumbos”? Why keep coming back to a website whose authors you think are incompetent and stupid? Seems to me, you’re the “dumbo” here.

          • Raptor

            We found all the reasons and case is closed, squinky. Go teach how humankind will improve the psychology of web browsing with the tabs your dick obsession.

  • Matt

    Expected release spring and with Gingerbread..How exciting..

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Please come to T-mobile :)

  • spazby

    Sony has a little more to go to compete with sammy…

  • WesGTR

    I’m from Venezuela and I want this thing badly, and now even more, because my carrier uses the same 3G bands as AT&T, so I’m bringing this baby here as soon as I can… My Moto Milestone deserves a rightful successor.

  • CTown

    What a great looking phone. But why is everyone using “S” in their featured products now? (Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire S, Sony Xperia S)

  • booyootoo

    Although it has some nice features it still another mid range phone, I’m wondering when Sony will step up their pace and actually release a phone when it is top of the bill.

    Because at the moment they are always behind a few steps.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Not sure how this classifies as a mid-range phone since it features specs which are nearly identical to the Galaxy Nexus. No, it does not have a next-generation chip in it, but then again only Huawei has announced phones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip.

  • ailame

    I wonder, what is so fast in changing when 1h of work will require “only” 10 minutes of charging time… that’s roughly standard charging performance of any smartphone since I remember…

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I was thinking the same thing until I realized they are talking about actual use time, not standby time. A regular phone charges in about 2 hours, but most devices only get 4-5 hours of continual use if you’re surfing the web or watching video.

      If my understanding is correct, the 10 minute quick charge will give the phone a charge of 20-25% which could translate into 3-5 hours of standby time.

  • ZeNoPants

    yet again no love for tmo…

  • Legend

    The design of this phone looks amazing. The only thing I can fault is the XPERIA logo at the bottom which could have gone on the back cover.