Sony unveils three new handsets and first Xperia tablet device


Two high-spec smartphones included in announcement made at IFA in Berlin, as well as the manufacturer’s first Xperia tablet device

Sony Mobile Communications has unveiled three new smartphones and its first tablet under its Xperia brand at the consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, Germany.

Both the Xperia T (pictured left of smartphones) and Xperia V (pictured centre of smartphones) are powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to follow at a later date.

The Xperia T has a 4.6-inch HD touchscreen powered by Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA engine technology with the Xperia V featuring a 4.3-inch HD touchscreen powered by the manufacturer’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology.

Both smartphones are PlayStation certified and come with HD video recording and a ‘One Touch’ function enabled by NFC to let users touch other Sony devices to establish a wireless connection without a pairing process.

The Xperia V, which is also LTE-enabled, has the highest level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone (IP55/57+), according to Sony, protecting from the effects of immersion up to one metre for 30 minutes.

The Xperia T, which will be released in the UK, will be available in black, white and silver when it goes on sale in the next few weeks.

The Xperia V won’t be released in the UK but will be available in other global markets in Q4, coming in black, white and pink.

The Xperia J (pictured left of smartphones) is is powered by a 1GHz priocessor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It comes with a four-inch screen, five megapixel camera on the rear and a front-facing camera for video calling.

This will also be released in the UK and will go on sale in Q4, available in black, white, gold and pink.

The Xperia Tablet S is the first under the manufacturer’s Xperia brand. It is powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and runs the Android 4.0.3 operating system. It has an aluminium body and splash-proof design, as well as a 9.4-inch screen.

Sony has yet to confirm when this will go on sale and if this will be released in the UK.

Sony Mobile Communications president and CEO Kunimasa Suzuki said: “This year’s IFA marks an important milestone for Sony and Sony Mobile Communications. Xperia smartphones are at the heart of Sony’s mobile strategy of delivering a consistent user experience across devices, enabling consumers to easily and quickly access the world of entertainment that Sony delivers.”

In addition, Xperia smartphones shipping from September until the end of the year will come with a free 60 day trial of Sony Entertainment Network’s cloud-based digital streaming music service, Music Unlimited. This enables users to subscribe directly from their Xperia smartphone and access millions of music tracks.