Introducing Xperia S - the first Sony smartphone

Mon Jan 9, 2012 9:01pm EST

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  • First smartphone in the new Xperia NXT series - next generation smartphones from Sony  

  • Effortless sharing of content with easy connectivity across multiple screens within the world of Sony 

  • Sony HD experience boasting a brilliant screen for superior viewing 

9 January, 2012, Las Vegas, Nev. - Xperia(TM) S, the first smartphone from the new Xperia NXT series - next generation smartphones from Sony*, was today announced at Sony's press conference ahead of the 2012 International CES show in Las Vegas. The new Xperia S is an Android smartphone that delivers a stunning viewing experience with a high resolution screen, Sony HD experiences and a 12MP camera that takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby. Xperia S also comes with a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor for faster performance.

Xperia S within the world of Sony

The new Xperia S enables easy connectivity with multiple screens for consumers looking to share and enjoy content on whichever screen best suits their situation, whether it's TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet. Consumers can watch their favourite content from the Sony Entertainment Network by connecting their Xperia S through HMDI to TV or share photos wirelessly with just one touch. Xperia S is also NFC (near field communication) enabled to allow consumers to share content with each other as well as enjoying an increasing number of NFC applications and services.

Biggest and best entertainment experiences from Sony

Xperia S will be able to access the richest entertainment experiences from Sony Entertainment Network**. Music Unlimited offers a global catalogue of 12 million unique songs while Video Unlimited has the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows from all major studios***.
Xperia S is also PlayStation(TM) Certified, guaranteeing a high quality smartphone gaming experience and access to the PlayStation® Store****.

Instantly Recognizable Design

Xperia S showcases a new design approach referred to as "Iconic Identity". The design will be replicated across the Xperia NXT series and creates a simple strong look that is instantly recognizable. The transparent element at the base creates an iconic silhouette where the display is emphasized and underlined. In addition, it provides illumination effects and integrates the antenna components.

The user Interface has been redesigned to match the minimalistic design of the hardware. The home screen has a new colorful flow background making full usage of HD Reality Display and dual-core processing power.

Availability

Xperia S will be available to consumers globally from the first quarter 2012. Launching on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread) Xperia S will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter 2012.

Key Features for Xperia S

  • 4.3 inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine with HD resolution screen (1280 x 720), as well as front (720p) and back (1080p) cameras for HD recording. 

  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download, which can be stored on the internal 32GB flash storage. 

  • 12MP back camera with Sony Exmor R(TM) for mobile along with Fastest Capture to take shots in just 1.5 seconds directly from standby mode. 

  • NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags. 

  • With HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and using BRAVIA Sync for controlling your Xperia S with your TV remote control when connected to the TV, Xperia S delivers a full HD experience on TV. 

Smart Extras for Android

The announcement of Xperia S is supported by the launch of three new Smart Extras(TM) accessories to enhance the experience on Android and to bring content to consumers' smartphones in an entirely new way.

Xperia SmartTags - switch your smartphone settings with a single swipe

Xperia SmartTags work with any NFC enabled smartphone, including Xperia S. Simply touch a NFC enabled smartphone to a SmartTag, which is the shape and size of a small round token, and it launches a pre-configured profile in the phone, such as the alarm clock for a SmartTag by your bed or a GPS application for the SmartTag in your car. These profiles can be easily personalised to reflect any taste, designed to save consumers time and make their smartphone lives easier.

Smart Wireless Headset pro - the Bluetooth headset that does it all

This Bluetooth(TM) stereo headset for Android smartphones offers multifunctional features in addition to superior sound. On the display of Smart Wireless Headset pro users can read text messages, see incoming calls, access calendar notifications and much more. When detached from the phone it functions as a standalone MP3 player and radio.

SmartWatch - access apps and smartphone features with a micro display for Android

SmartWatch is a micro display accessory for communicating with an Android(TM) smartphone via Bluetooth. Consumers can, for example, discretely access text messages, social media updates and manage calls or music. The display is mounted on a strap and can be worn as a watch. Applications allowing users to personalize their SmartWatch experience will be available on Android(TM) market.

For full details all products news, please visit the press room and the product blog: blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/

*For illustrative purposes only.  Not for commercial use or re-sale.  Use of "Sony" brand subject to regulatory approval.
**Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region, please see www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com for more details.  
*** The number of available songs varies by region.
**** Subject to market availability.

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Xperia(TM) S specifications All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.
Colour Black
White
Facts Size: 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm
Weight: 144 grams
Operating system: Google Android(TM) 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core
Camera 3D sweep panorama
12 megapixel camera
16x digital zoom
Aperture f/2.4
Auto focus
Face detection
Face recognition
Flash/LED
Front-facing camera (1.3 MP 720p)
Geo tagging
HD video recording (1080p)
Image stabiliser
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Self-timer
Send to web
Sony Exmor R(TM) for mobile image sensor
Sweep panorama
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording
Music 3D surround sound
Album art
Bluetooth(TM) stereo (A2DP)
Clear audio
Clear bass
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow(TM) service
Music Player
TrackID(TM) music recognition
xLoud(TM) Experience
Internet Android Market(TM)
Bookmarks
Google(TM) search
Google Voice(TM) Search
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)
Communication Call list
Facebook(TM) application
Google Talk(TM)
Noise suppression
Polyphonic ringtones
Sony Ericsson Timescape(TM)
Speakerphone
Twitter(TM) (Timescape(TM) integration)
Vibrating alert
Messaging Conversations
Email
Gmail(TM)
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
Design 720p HD display
Auto rotation
Gesture input
Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
Picture wallpaper
Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Screenshot capturing
Touch screen
Wallpaper
Entertainment 3D games
Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
Google Media Uploader
Media browser
Motion gaming
PlayStation® Certified
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network
TV launcher
Video streaming
YouTube(TM)
Organiser Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Contacts
Document readers
eCompass(TM)
Airplane mode
Infinite button
Notes
Setup guide
Stopwatch
Tasks
Timer
Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
aGPS
Bluetooth(TM) technology
DLNA Certified®
GLONASS
HDMI support
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
NFC
USB High speed 2.0 support
Wi-Fi®
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
Display 4.3" 720p HD display
Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
1280 x 720 pixels (342 ppi)
16,777,216 colour TFT
Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
Memory Flash memory: 32GB eMMC
Networks UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Battery life Talk time GSM: Up to 7 hrs 30 min*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 450 hrs*

Talk time UMTS: Up to 8 hrs 30 min*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 420 hrs*

Music listening time: Up to 25 hrs*
Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs 30 min*

Embedded battery: 1750 mAh typical, 1700 mAh minimum

*Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
In the kit Xperia(TM) S
Built-in battery
Stereo portable handsfree
Charger
Micro USB cable for charging
Synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation

Legal
1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant.  2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g.  playing games.  Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market.  The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.  

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Printed in January 2010, R1A

About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson is a 50:50 joint venture between Sony Corporation ("Sony") and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson ("Ericsson").  In October 2011 it was announced by Sony and Ericsson that Sony will acquire Ericsson's stake in the company and that Sony Ericsson will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.  The transaction is expected to close in January 2012 and is subject to regulatory approvals.  Over the years Sony Ericsson has brought together the best communication technologies with superior entertainment user experiences to create its Xperia(TM) line of the 'most entertaining smartphones' in the mobile handset industry.  With its global corporate functions in London, Sony Ericsson has sales and marketing operations in all major regions of the world, as well as manufacturing in China, and product development sites in China, Japan, Sweden and Silicon Valley, California.  For more information, please visit www.sonyericsson.com/press.  

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