Today at the Mobile World Congress, Sony introduced the Xperia P and Xperia U Android smartphones. This is their first product launch since completing the full acquisition of Sony Ericsson. Both of these devices follow the same design elements as previously announced (CES) Xperia S such as the light band at the base (works like Philip’s Ambilight) and the rectangular design. The Xperia S, P, and U are all part of the Sony NXT series.
The Xperia P is equipped with a 4.0 inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution as well as a 8MP camera. Other specifications include 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and HDMI output. Sony also announced a Smart Dock designed specifically with the Xperia P which is said to provide a “full desktop experience” though the details are vague at this point. Other features include a front facing camera and NFC capabilities. These internal components are housed in an uni-body aluminium casing.
The Xperia U being the smallest device in the NXT series has a 3.5 inch display with a FWVGA (854×540) resolution display. As the “low end device” the Xperia U’s specifications have been bumped down. It is equipped with a 5MP camera, 512MB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. As for the exterior, the Xperia U is housed in a matte plastic body much like the Xperia S.
In terms of the technical details both devices are powered by an ST-E U8500 NovaThor dual core processor based on ARM’s Cortex A9 design paired with a Mali 400 graphics core. Users can expect similar performance to most dual core devices on the market such as the Galaxy S2 (International version), and the Droid RAZR. It must be said that these chips are certainly powerful for what seems to be mid and low range devices.
Both displays are under the same “Reality Display” branding as the Xperia as, and are powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine. The Xperia P’s camera is equipped with Sony’s Exmor R image sensor, whilst the the Xperia U is not.
Both devices will be loaded with Android 2.3 with Sony’s Timescape custom UI at launch, with an Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) upgrade landing in Q2 2012.