Sony Xperia P Hands-on Review

Sony Xperia P Hands-on Review
The Sony Xperia P, which was once known only by its Nypon code name, was one of the smartphones that we were expecting to see at CES 2012. Of course, that didn't happen. Today, however, we are finally given the opportunity to go up close and personal with this mid- to high-range offering by Sony.

The design is in line with the rest of the new Xperia gang – the P is made predominantly of plastic has an aluminum unibody, and features the characteristic transparent line near the capacitive navigation keys. Overall, the Xperia P is one good-looking device, although it won't win an award for exceptional thinness due to its 10.5 mm.

It goes without saying that the 4-inch qHD display on the Sony Xperia P is one of its standout features. Enhanced with WhiteMagic technology, it delivers an impressive brightness of 1000 nits, meaning that it should remain clearly visible even in broad daylight. Since we tested the device indoors, we can't vouch for the brightness of the display, but we'll be sure to check this out once we get a unit for a review.

Providing the Sony Xperia P with processing power is a 1GHz dual-core processor, courtesy of ST-Ericsson. During our brief time with the handset, we didn't encounter much lag while playing with the interface. However, we should mention that these weren't final units we got to play with, plus the handset will be updated to Android 4 ICS (it will launch with Gingerbread). The update is scheduled for this Spring.

Other noteworthy features include an 8-megapixel camera, a VGA frontfacing one, as well as the usual suspects like Wi-Fi, DLNA, and GPS.

The Sony Xperia P should hit the shelves sometime during Q2 2012. So, who's getting it?

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Xperia P
  • Display 4.0 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware ST Erricson NovaThor U8500, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 1305 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2



22. talix

Posts: 1; Member since: May 28, 2013

really nice . Maybe i buy the phone. If this experia seems slim it would be a perfect phone but also this style is awesome .

20. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

how awesome it would have been if they would've managed to add white magic display to xperia Ses 720p display... :D The contrast on xperia P is amazing but im buying that monster called xperia S .. nothing else will do !!

19. JackDude

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I really want it. The problem is price. Some people say it will cost almost the same as Xperia S. If thats right, wich phone should get instead thats more budget friendly but still good?

18. mAdN3sS

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

this phone looks GREEEATTT!!!!

17. 24984

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

sonys smartphones are always cheaper and with better quality ... beter camera , voice , screen ... better multimedia ... I like sony verry much ... I think that japan makes technology with better quality ...

13. haydenb

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

I want to get my hand on the Ion and the One X and the GSIII when it's released

8. haydenb

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

I would like to get my hands on the Xperia Ion and the HTC One x. and the GSIII

12. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Who wouldn't?!?! I would also like to get my hands on Megan Fox, S. Johanson and Gisele Bundchen :D

6. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Talk about options. I would still go with the Ion or Xperia S. OR maybe all 3. lol

5. moboman

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

What the h... are you on about? This is not made of plastic but have a unibody aluminium body! Are you asleep over there in Barcelona??

7. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

i was confused when i read that part! WTF

4. kanonk

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

I wants video

3. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Sony has some great cameras in their phones, I wish sprint would get at least 1 Sony phone with in the next 2 years. My brothers experia play takes awesome videos and pictures.

11. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

My brother also has xperi play and I'm sometimes stuned by quality of that 5mpx shots.

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

This is the best mid range phone to date. I just hope it is priced like a mid range phone (no higher than 400$)

10. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

But since it is from aluminium it will cost more than that. But I'm sure price will drop after few months.

1. pistolashtc

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 28, 2010

Looks nice... But i prefer the HTC one X... And i'm still waiting for the MONSTER: GALAXY SIII!! xD

9. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

one x and xperia P aren't in same category. More like One S and xperia P are in same group. And guy in the video says: It's plastic. That is wrong, xperia P is out of Aluminium, just 4 pieces makes whole body..

21. Randomguy19

Posts: 1; Member since: May 27, 2012

Not really, Xperia P is cheaper than the One S, that One is more in line with the Xperia S. Sony does not have anything in the One X price range

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