Sony Announces Two New Xperia Smartphones


As expected, Sony unveiled its Xperia P and Xperia U dual-core smartphones at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona on Sunday. It was the first press conference for Sony since it spun off Ericsson, with Sony's smartphones now originating from a division called Sony Mobile Communications.

The first new addition to Sony's NXT series of Android smartphones, which already included the previously announced Xperia S, is the Xperia P, with aluminum unibody construction. It has a 4-inch touchscreen that Sony touts as its "reality display," and Sony says the screen's WhiteMagic technology gives it wider viewing angles in bright light.

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It's also equipped with NFC and an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting stills and 1080p video. Available in three finishes, the Xperia P will ship in the second quarter of this year.

Along with that phone, Sony showed its Xperia smart dock, into which you can plug the Xperia P, which then connects to an HDTV using HDMI.

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Next up was the similarly designed Xperia U smartphone, a dual-core 1GHz device with a 3.5" Reality Display and a 5-megapixel camera. The Xperia U will also be available in the second quarter.

Sony didn't mention if the phones were going to be running the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system.

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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