Sony Xperia S hands-on

Sony Xperia S hands-on
Already thinking that the recently announce Sony Xperia ion is simply too much phone for your taste – or for the matter, its size is too much for your poor hands to handle? Well, never fear! That’s because the Sony Xperia S might actually be the perfect device for you, as it retains some serious hardware under the hood and flaunts a design that’s not only neat looking, but also has a more compact body. Set to launch globally sometime in Q2 2012, we’re eager to see how this one shapes out in the end.

From a far distance, it’s rather difficult to find any difference between the designs of the Xperia S over its bigger brother in the Xperia ion, but trust us, there are some notable characteristics to its appearance than jumps out. Well, it still features a curved back that makes it very comfortable to hold in the hand, while its smaller footprint makes it considerably easier to handle. Upon closer inspection, one can find a translucent acrylic piece separating the phone towards the bottom. Indeed, it’s not something we tend to see on phones, which gives it a very fresh look, but it’s actually a part of the handset’s antenna system.

Now if you want detail, you’ll be glad to know that the Xperia S is packed with a 4.3” 720p (720 x 1280) display that’s crammed full of detail wherever you look. Obviously, fine text is easily distinguished, but it’s nice to see that it maintains its clarity at all angles. However, there’s a noticeable bluish tinge to the handset’s display, which of course results in some very saturated looking colors. Nevertheless, it’s undeniably eye-catching either way, and as a whole, it helps reel in the attention of people right from the start. Blessed with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor with 1GB of RAM, it manages to deliver a mostly responsive performance – though, the skin running on top of Android 2.3 might seem to be a culprit with its not-so instantaneous response at times.

Rounding things off, the handset is feature-filled from head to toe with things like a 12-megapixel auto-focus camera with an Exmor sensor, 1080p video recording, 1,750 mAh battery, aGPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Yes, it’s a bummer to see Gingerbread on board with this beauty right from the beginning, but we’re hoping to see it blessed with Ice Cream Sandwich very quick. There’s no denying it has a lovable design, but it’ll need to excel in all areas to truly be deemed as a threat in the Android space. So far, there’s no word on pricing or an exact availability date, but either way, we’re sure there are a few of you already eying this one.

*note that the sample unit we've tested here is branded as "Sony Ericsson". However, the final retail models will be only "SONY". 

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Xperia S
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.50h 3G talk time)



1. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

looks cheap from the back..but a sweet piece of phone nevertheless. John, you were lost on that app drawer, haha.(hitting the central button instead of the right one to discard the delete app option)

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I disagree. This phone looks extremely premium!!!!!

8. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

It is rubbered plastic. Too bad its not aluminum like the xperia ion... John nearly said sony ericsson at the end! Lol

17. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

It doesn't look cheap at all, Samsung's phones look cheap.

3. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

It looks cool, not cheap. I think it will be very light, maybe under 120g... Surely I will consider to buy it as upgrade from arc. In fact I am in dilema: Motorola RAZR or Xperia S...

5. lam-jj

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2010

ivan , its144g

4. flopjoke

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

Pretty neat actually.. Didn't expect ICS to be that confusing though.. did Sony modify it?

6. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It's not ICS... yet.

9. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

The design is pretty good, but i wish they would have done better than arc. Arc has a better design than this

10. seylan

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I like what I see! But i'm still bummed about the processor...I rather wait for them to use the newer "S4" Socs with Krait CPU's and the latest Adreno GPU's...And I prefer more metal in the design...Otherwise, this would be my next smartphone...

12. rsiders

Posts: 1996; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well, I'm not big on Android but if T-Mobile carries this phone and skips out on a flagship Windows Phone, I will be saying goodbye to Windows Phone. This phone is just pure sexiness. I love the design.

13. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Im not sure what it is about this phone but i kinda love it at a first glance anyways.

14. Gangzz

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Megan Fox of the electronic world ;) Purely Sexy.

15. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

In regards to this phone, The only disappointment is the actual name of the device. Beats me why'd they name it like that. . .

16. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Nice phone, but Android, no thanks. When will Sony begin making WP phones?

18. the_mouse

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Too bad it doesn't follow the Arc's lines. And too bad that iconic SE logo on the back won't be there when the phone comes out. Looks god though, but I'll be missing SE's :(. Now when it's SONY branded, I'm not sure it'll follow the uniqueness of the SE's phones...

19. lastoutlaw

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Why is it written Sony Ericsson on top of the display ??

20. the_mouse

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

'Cause the new branding hasn't been approved yet by some regulatory commissions. But it'll happen for sure before the launch of the Xperia S. The final models will be Sony branded. I just hope that they'll keep the small Ericsson cirlcle on the back as a sign of inheritance. Unfortunately they won't though, cause it's Ericsson's property :(.

21. Gianni

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

Il tasto centrale attiva continuamente il display quando il Sony Ericsson Arc S é in tasca! Perché non modificate il software?

22. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

i read at a post on facebook sony ericsson that the casing is ANTI-STAIN

23. myproffs

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Sony Xperia S vs Nokia Lumia 900 Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 is going head to head with Sony's newly unveiled Xperia S, which smartphone is better? Two of the most talked about phones to be shown-off at this year's CES in Las Vegas are Nokia's Lumia 900 and Sony's Xperia S, and it's easy to see why as both devices seem to have everything the modern consumer could ask for. check myproffs blog

24. Emily

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

when xperia s will release in singpore?

25. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

unboxing video of the xperia s!!! excited!!!

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