Sony has started 2012 with a bang with its line up of Sony NXT series. The Sony Xperia S which was first announced in January broke new grounds with its 4.3” display that pushes a high 1280×720 resolution. That’s a massive 342 ppi (pixels per inch) which was the highest pixel density at that time. It also marks Sony’s foray into dual-core processors and its refreshed mobile brand that dropped the “Ericsson” name.
When the Xperia S was launched, its other cousin the Xperia ion which is Sony’s first LTE device was only available at selected markets. Fast forward 8 months later, the Xperia ion is finally available for Malaysia that now comes in international HSPA+ variant. Read on to find out more of this Xperia S’s bigger brother.
The Sony Xperia S is now priced at RM1,599 while the smaller 4.0″ sibling Xperia P is priced at RM1,399. Meanwhile the 3.7″ Xperia sola has been reduced slightly at RM899 which is similar as the Xperia U.
The latest Xperia acro S and Xperia ion remains unchanged at RM1,699 & RM1,788 respectively. This promotion is valid starting tomorrow 17th August until 2nd September 2012.
Head after the break for the full details.
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The rugged yet uprated Sony Xperia acro S is now available in Malaysia with the price tag of RM1,699. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and comes in black and white colours. As usual, Sony is bundling in extra accessories such as micro USB car charger, HDMI cable and 2 Xperia NFC SmartTags worth RM272.
To recap on the specs, the acro S offers Xperia S like hardware with a 4.3″ TFT HD display that does 1280×720, dual core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 12MP camera and a larger 1,910mAh battery. Being a rugged device, the acro S is rated IP55/57 for dust and water resistance. The acro S also comes with a scratch resistant mineral glass with wet finger tracking.
For those that have been eyeing on the larger Sony Xperia ion, the device will be coming to Malaysia by end of August in Black and Red colours. It will be priced at RM1,788 and bundled with HDMI cable, 2 Xperia NFC SmartTags and screen protector worth RM223. Initially launched as an LTE device, the Xperia ion features a 4.6″ TFT display that does 1280×720 with similar Xperia S specs of dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 12MP camera and 16GB of on board storage.
Head after the break for hands-on and promo videos.
We’re blogging live from Sony’s launch of 6 new Xperia phones that consists of Sony Xperia ion, Sony Xperia acro S, Sony Xperia go, Sony Xperia miro, Sony Xperia tipo & Sony Xperia neo L . The 6 are announced for this region of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia but unfortunately the rugged and sleek Sony Xperia acro S will not be coming here.
Let’s talk a little bit of the new devices. Starting with the Sony Xperia ion which was first announced as an LTE device early this year and now it is available in HSPA version for the rest of the world. In terms of specs, it features Sony Xperia S like specifications with dual core 1.5GHz processor but comes with a larger 4.6″ HD Reality Display. You’ll also get a Fast Capture 12.1 MP camera that lets you take a photo from sleep to snap in less than 2 seconds.
Next is the Sony Xperia neo L which is a 4″ entry-mid level Ice Cream Sandwich device running on single core 1GHz processor. Initially launched for the Chinese market, this is Sony’s first Android 4.0 device and in terms of design, it looks like a Sony Xperia Play without the slide out gamepad console.
The next 2 devices are the recently announced Xperia tipo and miro which are basically entry level devices. Both are running on a single core 800MHz processor and boast a longer battery life of more than 24 hours of standard usage, thanks to its 1,500mAh battery which is generous for this class. The miro features a unique illumination light. In terms of display sizes, the miro comes with a 3.5″ display while the tipo has a smaller 3.2″ with both supporting HVGA resolution of 480×320. The Xperia tipo comes with a dual-sim version as well, which is a first for Sony.
The final 2 models are the rugged and water resistant models of Sony Xperia go and Sony Xperia acro S. The Xperia go runs on Sony’s Novathor dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Being a successor of the Xperia active, it also features the same rugged IP67 rating and the 3.5″ HVGA touch screen features wet finger tracking.
The Xperia acro S features similar Xperia S specs including the same 4.3″ TFT display with 12.1MP camera. In terms of juice, the acro S has a bigger battery at 1,910mAh. In terms of water and dust resistance, the acro S is rated at IP55/IP57.
Unfortunately we won’t be seeing this device officially on our shores soon. UPDATE: Ola Lilja Molen, Head of SEA Markets for Sony Mobile confirms that the Xperia acro S will be coming to Malaysia. Date TBD.
In terms of availability, the 6 devices are slated to be released in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia sometime Q3 2012.
Watch this space as we update more details of the devices including hands-on and first impressions.
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The impressive hardware list continues with a 12MP Exmor R camera with 1080p video and Fast Capture technology enabling the camera to go from standby mode to first shot in 1.5 seconds. There’s also a 1.3MP front camera that’s capable of shooting 720p videos.
In addition, the Sony Xperia ion is PlayStation certified, and comes with DLNA and BRAVIA Sync as well as HDMI connectivity. There’s also NFC built-in. Unfortunately, the device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. We expect the Xperia ion to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the hardware is more than capable but at the moment Sony has not revealed a timeline for the update.
The Xperia ion will go on sale in Q2 2012. Right now the Sony Xperia ion is US only but with those specs, there’s absolutely no reason why it won’t do well here. We’re hoping Sony will produce a GSM version for Malaysia. Update: It turns out there is a GSM version of the Xperia ion, it’s called the Xperia S.
A couple of videos featuring the Xperia ion available after the jump.