Sony Xperia U makes an entrance: stylish phone with a 3.5" screen, dual-core processor
The Sony Xperia U has arrived and it’s just as gorgeous as the Xperia S - it keeps the same design language with the illuminated bar at the bottom, but it’s smaller - it comes with a 3.5-inch FWVGA Reality display with Mobile Bravia technology for juiced up color vibrancy. It still features a powerful 1GHz dual-core processor, though.
The Xperia U’s transparent illuminated bar is probably its biggest design highlight - it changes in color to match the color of displayed pictures which is a neat idea. The handset comes in a black and white versions with a matte finish and interchangeable colors of the bottom front plate (you can switch to pink and yellow).
On the back, there's a 5-megapixel camera capable of capturing 720p HD videos. It features fast capture so you go from the lock screen to taking a picture in under 2 seconds.
The Xperia U comes with Gingerbread (will be updated to ICS later on), but you wouldn’t recognize that as it’s heavily skinned. Sony brings a new album app, new video and music players underlining its . It also adds handy application access direct straight from the lock screen. One of the biggest highlights of the Sony Xperia U is its sound. The device comes with "xLoud" - a sound processing technology that will improve what you hear, and also 3D surround sound.
Finally, Sony confirmed that the Xperia U will be shipping globally in the middle of Q2 2012.
source: Sony, Three