Sony Mobile Communications finally launched the much-awaited Sony Xperia S in India. This handset was originally announced and showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Sony Xperia S is the first smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series. This handset currently runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, the company will roll out the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System in the coming months.
P. Balaji, Managing Director, Sony Mobile Communications India, said,
“Now, as part of the Sony group, we are in an even stronger position to bring connected entertainment experiences to consumers in India. Bringing together the best of Sony’s electronics, networked services and content, the Xperia smartphone is a cornerstone to enjoy entertainment in this connected world.”
Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.
Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 7 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 450 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia S is also a PlayStation certified smartphone. This handset is currently available in 2 colors – Black and White. The Sony Xperia S comes with a price-tag of Rs.32,549 in India. Sony has also confirmed that the Xperia P, Xperia U and the recently announced Xperia Sola will hit the Indian market by the end of Q2 2012.