Sony Xperia S smartphone announced with 4.3-inch HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor

Monday, January 9th 2012. | Gadget News

Sony Xperia SSony has just made the new Xperia S smartphone official, showing that the Xperia ion for AT&T is not the only trick up its sleeve for CES 2012. The Xperia S features similar specs to the ion, though it has a slightly smaller display and lacks LTE connectivity.

The Xperia S’s smaller display is nothing to scoff at however, as it is a sharp, 4.3-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel unit. Powering the S is a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor, and the 12 megapixel Exmor R camera found on the ion makes an appearance here as well. The camera can record 1080p HD video and the S can take a pic from sleep in just 1.5 seconds. A 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera handles video chat duties. The S has NFC capabilities and is PlayStation-certified – as one would expect from a Sony-branded phone.

The Xperia S has a traditional slate design, but it does make room for a micro-HDMI port in addition to the standard micro-USB port, as well as a dedicated camera key. Below the display is a transparent notification strip. The Xperia S measures 128mm x 64mm x 10.6mm (5.04in x 2.52in x 0.42in) and weighs 144g (5.07oz). A 1,750mAh battery provides juice for the phone.

Sony will launch the Xperia S in black and silver in select markets in Q1 2012. It will initially run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is promised for Q2 2012.

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