MWC: Sony adds Xperia P and U to smartphone range


Xperia P and U to join S in smartphone range as company continues to expand product portfolio

Sony has launched the Xperia P and U handsets to join the Xperia S in the company’s NXT series of smartphones.

The Xperia P (pictured left) debuts Sony’s WhiteMagic deplay technology for the first time on a smartphjone with the aim of providing a brighter and more power efficient viewing experience.

It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and comes with a four-inch touchscreen with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, which uses some of the same imaging processing technology as the company’s TVs to reduce noise and increase picture clarity.

The Xperia P will house an eight megapixel camera, HD recording and Sony Technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images, 16GB of flash stiorage and NFC capabilities.

Sony’s SmartDock will be exclusive for the Xperia P and offers connectivity to multiple screens. Consumers can use a TV remote to navigate the smartphone’s media content to watch HD videos, films or TV shows on a big screen.

The SmartDock also has USB support so users can also use a wireless keyboard and mouse to write emails, browse and post on Facebook or watch videos from YouTube on their TV.

It will be available in black, silver or red and go on sale in Q2.

The Xperia U (pictured right) will also be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and will include a 3.5-inch touchscreen with Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

It will house a five megapixel camera and like the Xperia P, enables HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images. It also features xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology.

The Xperia U will be available in white or black, with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box and will also go on sale in Q2.

Everything Everywhere has confirmed it will range the Xperia U, with Orange launching the handset exclusively in white.

Both smartphones will run off Android 2.3 Gingerbread, although this can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during the quarter.