By 30 August 2012 | Categories: news


After kicking off the rollout of the software update for many of its 2011 Xperia range of devices, Sony mobile communications (SMC) now announces its new range of Xperia smartphones at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics show, currently underway in Berlin.

Leading the Xperia range charge is the Japanese firm’s new flagship, the Xperia T (129.4 x 67.3 x 10.45 mm; 139 g), which sports a Godzilla sized 4.6" HD (1280 x 720 pixels) Reality display powered by the company’s Mobile Bravia engine for enhanced clarity.

Users will also find a rear-facing 13 MP fast capture, autofocus camera that the company claims is able to go from sleep mode to capturing photos in a little more than a second. Whilst this snapper is able to record full HD (1080p) videos, its front-facing 1.3 MP counterpart will be able to capture videos in 720p.

Powering James Bond’s smartphone of choice (the device features in the forthcoming Skyfall movie) is a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Krait MSM8260-A dual-core processor. Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) handles the operating system, but Sony did state that the Xperia T will be upgraded to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following its launch.

Also onboard this PlayStation Certified smartphone is NFC support, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage (expandable up to 32 GB via microSD slot), and Sony’s xLOUD audio filter technology for an improved audio experience. Sony’s Xperia T will launch globally over the next few weeks.

Xperia V and Xperia J

The firm’s Xperia V (129 x 65 x 10.7 mm; 120 g) is a LTE (4G) enabled smartphone that packs a 4.3" (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Reality Display with Sony’s Mobile Bravia engine. Like the Xperia T, it operates on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU (Qualcomm’s MSM8960 in this case).

Sony claims it boasts the highest level of water resistance (IP55 and IP57) available in a smartphone, enabling the device to be kept under a metre of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Users will also be able to use its 13 MP snapper to capture videos in full HD (1080p) resolution.

This smartphone further features Wi-Fi as well as Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage that can be expansion upon via its microSD memory card slot, which supports cards up to 32 GB in size.

The entry-level Xperia J (124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2 mm; 124 g) sports a 4" (854 x 480 pixels) scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen, 5 megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera as well as a VGA front-facing snapper.

It is powered by a single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor and, like the rest of its 2012 Xperia kin, runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). You can expect decent battery life from its 1750 mAh battery, whilst the smartphone also offers users 4 GB internal storage, which is expandable (by up to 32 GB) via its microSD memory card slot.  

Sony’s Xperia V and Xperia J will launch globally in Q4 2012.
“This year’s IFA marks an important milestone for Sony and Sony mobile communications. Xperia smartphones are at the heart of Sony’s mobile strategy of delivering a consistent user experience enabling consumers to easily and quickly access the world of entertainment that Sony delivers,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, president and CEO of Sony mobile communications.

In related news, Sony also unveiled its latest Bravia LCD TV, which features a whopping 84" (3840 x 2160) LCD panel, as well as hybrid ultrabook and slate device in the Vaio Duo 11.


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