The IFA 2012 show got off to an exciting start yesterday, when Sony held an hour-long press conference, where it unveiled not one, but three new Android smartphones, along with a new tablet and a variety of other new products too.
Here, we’re going to take an in-depth look at the three new phones and the new tablet.
The big reveal was for Sony’s new flagship Xperia phone, the Xperia T. Before its launch, there was some suggestion that the Xperia T and the Xperia TX were two different devices, but in reality they’re both the same, and the TX name will be used only in certain markets.
This makes the Xperia T our version of the Japanese Xperia GX, or Hayabusa as it was codenamed. It’s set to be a movie star later this year too, as James Bond will be sporting an Xperia T in the new Skyfall film due before Christmas.
The spec is equally exciting. It has a 4.6-inch Reality Display BRAVIA touchscreen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, covered by a scratch-resistant, shatter proof glass panel. Inside is a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor, but one of Qualcomm’s new MSM8260 Krait chips, of which benchmark tests have been very impressive.
There is a total of 16GB of internal memory, plus a microSD card slot to add another 32GB, bringing the potential total to 48GB. Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be installed at launch, but Sony promises an upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean will be coming later, although it has declined to say when.
On the rear of the phone is a 13-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, while around the front, sits a 720p-capable video call lens. Other features of the Xperia T include NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, DLNA, Wi-Fi and an 1850mAh battery.
It’ll be available in black, silver or white, and the chassis measures 9.3mm thick and weighs 139 grams.
With the Xperia V, we drop down a notch in the range, and find the device previously codenamed the Mint. At first glance, the specification isn’t all that different to the Xperia T, but there are a few subtle differences.
The same 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and NFC chip are all included, but the screen size has shrunk to 4.3-inches, however it does still have a 720p, 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.
Inside is another dual-core, 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, but it’s not the all-new Krait, and is instead the standard MSM8960 chip. The Xperia V is designed to be worked a little harder though, as it’s both water and dust proof.
This time, the microSD card slot will provide extra memory on top of the standard 8GB, while the battery has also dropped down to a 1750mAh cell. Finally, buyers will have a choice of a black, white or pink phone.
Now we come to the baby of the bunch, the Xperia J. It may be the slimmest of the three at 9.2mm, and 124 grams in weight, but the spec is considerably more humble than the range-topping Xperia T.
A 1Ghz single-core Snapdragon processor keeps the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system running smoothly, while a 5-megapixel camera and a forward-facing VGA camera take care of the pictures and video.
The 4-inch screen has a 480 x 854 pixel resolution, and there is 4GB of internal memory, but this can be boosted by adding a microSD card. There’s no NFC chip, but the Xperia J does have GPS, DLNA, Wi-Fi and a 1750mAh battery. You’ll be able to buy a black, white, pink or gold phone when the time comes.
All three new Xperia phones are set to go on sale in the coming months, with Vodafone already saying they will be stocking the Xperia T and Xperia J very soon.
Xperia Tablet S.
Sony has integrated its tablet range with its smartphone range, and therefore, the new model wears the Xperia name, just like the rumours predicted. The Xperia Tablet S refines the design seen on the first Sony Tablet S, and adds a splash proof coating, plus it has a 9.4-inch touchscreen, however Sony hasn’t revealed its resolution.
Rather than another Qualcomm chip, Sony has decided to use the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor to power the Xperia Tablet S, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the standard operating system.
Sony finished off its press conference with a pair of Windows 8 devices, one of which was the Vaio Duo 11, a tablet/laptop hybrid, and an extensive range of NFC accessories.