Sony launch two brand new Android phones

by Dale Wright

If you’re thinking of upgrading your smartphone, you’re probably considering a move to an iPhone 4S, the Samsung Galaxy S III or the HTC One X. Nokia have recently enjoyed some positive PR via Steve Wozniak, but their new Windows OS Lumia range isn’t quite as desirable as the competition.

Now Sony have launched two new phones in their Xperia range in the hope they can recapture our imaginations – this time with their own take on Android.

Sony Xperia P & S

The Xperia P has an 8 megapixel camera and HD video recording – pretty standard stuff for a smartphone. It has a dual core processor, putting it behind its rivals for pure power. Looks-wise, the Xperia P has a rectangular silhouette and an unusual transparent shortcut bar at the bottom, a feature it shares with the Xperia S. The 4 inch backlit LED screen is impressive despite being smaller than the ‘S’. Early reports say that battery life is poor; the phone lasts less than 24 hours on a standard charge, and if you’re watching movies on the plane, you’ll need a mobile charger.

Its bigger sibling, the Xperia S, has an impressive 12.1 megapixel camera – better than many digital cameras. Because it’s made by Sony, you can be reasonably confident that the lens will be up to the job. It has a NFC chip for contactless data transfer, but the phone lags behind the One X and S III with a dual core processor. Its sleek shape is enhanced by a 4.3 inch screen, a total lack of physical buttons and neatly concealed ports for HDMI and USB connections. The shortcut bar lights up when an alert is received, just like the Xperia P.

Both Xperia phones run Android, but neither run Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4) just yet. Sony say this will come later in the year. With no micro SD slot, the real difference is storage: 16GB on the Xperia P, 32GB on the Xperia S.

We think the Xperia phones look pretty impressive, but they still don’t beat the Samsung Galaxy S III. Let us know what you think in the comments.