Pick up your phone, yes that one. The one that’s never more than an arm’s reach from you at all times. The one that has probably been in the bathroom with you more times than the toilet roll has. Yes, that one.
Of course, if you’re already reading this on your smartphone then I do apologise for being an idiot by choosing this intro, but I digress.
How does your smartphone feel? And no, I don’t mean this in a metaphorical out-of-body-experience sense, I mean this in a literal sense. We spend every waking moment (some sleeping) of our lives holding onto a little brick that probably weighs no more than a really heavy spoon at a posh restaurant, but most of us put little to no thought into how a device feels in the hand when deciding on a purchase. It’s all about specs and that’s rather unfortunate.
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Getting the latest Android version is always a concern for smart phone owners, especially if you’re using a device that’s at least 18 months old. Now it seems that you’re able to find out if your Xperia device is given the End of Life stamp on their support page. So far the more recent devices that will not getting future updates include:
Xperia arc S
Xperia acro S
Most of the devices above will be officially updated until Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
For the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat version, Sony has confirmed that it will be rolled out to the latest Xperia Z1 and early 2013 Xperia Z. You can see that the next version is in development for the respective device here and .
Late 2012 high-end devices such as the Xperia V and Xperia TX might be in luck as both are listed as “under investigation” for Android 4.4 update. Of course, there are other unofficial ways to get the latest Android version which involves the use of Custom ROM.
To find out if you’re device is still being supported in terms of updates, you can pick your model here and click on “Software Updates” for the full details.
Sony seems to be pushing their updates a little quicker than before and the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia ZR were recently updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
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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 new Sony Xperia NXT Series comes with an iconic transparent belt that lights up when awaken or there’s an incoming call. Unfortunately the transparent belt seems to be under utilised with most notifications relying on the standard LED notification.
We know a lot of people are asking if they can use the transparent belt as a notification light instead. Now the request seems to be answered through an app developed by Rundgong with no rooting required. Setting up is pretty easy and you’ll just need to pick the model and what type of illumination is used for missed calls and SMS.
The Xperia S and Xperia P comes with a single white LED option while the Xperia U has a wider array of colours. To differentiate the notification, you can set the blink rate or keep it as always on until the screen is unlocked. Users of the Xperia U with its multi LED belt will certainly be benefiting a lot from this app while the Xperia P won’t be as useful as the transparent belt illumination is rather dim for our liking.
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We’re not sure why Sony doesn’t highlight this in their marketing materials but we found out that quite a number of Xperia devices support USB On-the-Go. The list of Xperia phones that we know support USB OTG is the Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia ray and the new 2012 range of Xperia devices which currently is the Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia U and the Xperia sola. All these devices support the very useful USB On-the-Go feature.
What’s interesting is that not all USB On-the-Go cables work with these devices. We’re not sure why this is but if you’re planning to get a USB OTG cable, its best you test it first before buying. Or you could just do a simple mod – as seen in the video — to make most USB OTG cables work with the supported Xperia phones.
For tips on how to mod a USB OTG cable to work with the supported Xperia smartphones, just ask our blogger friend @yogaretnam
As usual, you have 3 plans – Celcom Exec 50 + 1GB data, Celcom Exec 50 + 3GB of data or Celcom Exec 250 which comes with 5GB data. In terms of duration, you have a choice of 12 months or 18 months contract. The Xperia U is the smallest among Sony Xperia NXT series.
It comes with a 3.5″ screen that does 854×480, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage (which 4GB is accessible). The battery of the Xperia U is removable however there’s no microSD slot for expansion. You can check out the different with its bigger Xperia siblings here.
For more information, head over to Celcom.
Thanks to @BeruangAli for the tip!
With an all-aluminium unibody design, the Xperia P features a 4-inch Reality Display (960×540 pixels, 275ppi) with Sony’s WhiteMagic technology. WhiteMagic adds a white sub-pixel to the traditional RGB (red, green and blue) pixels found in a typical LCD panel. The white pixel allows backlight to pass through to produce the colour white where traditionally, the backlight would have had to pass through all three sub-pixels in the right proportion to produce the same effect. This results in a display that is twice as bright outdoors and up to twice as power efficient indoors than conventional LCD displays. The WhiteMagic display is measured to produce a brightness of 935nits.
Other specs include a 1GHz NovaThor STE U8500 dual-core processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB of on board storage. There’s also an 8MP Exmor R camera with fast capture, 1080p HD recording and Sony’s 2D and 3D panoramic sweep feature. Battery capacity is 1305mAh. NFC is also included.
Available in silver, black and red, the Xperia P will be available in stores starting 23 May and will retail for RM1,499. For a limited time the Xperia P will come bundled with a Smart Headset, car charger with Micro USB cable and 2 SmartTags (black and red), all worth RM379.
The Xperia U with its unique exchangeable end caps and dynamic mood lighting will hit stores 15 May. Featuring Sony’s unique xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology, the 3.5-inch (854×480 pixels 280ppi) packs a 1GHz NovaThor STE U8500 dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB of on board storage. The Xperia U also packs a 5MP
Exmor R camera with fast capture and 720p HD video recording. Battery capacity is a modest 1320mAh. The Xperia U does not have NFC.
Available in black with pink exchangeable cap; black with white exchangeable cap; and white with yellow exchangeable cap, the Xperia U retails for a very attractive RM899, the price includes a car charger with Micro USB cable worth RM59 as well while stocks last.
Finally, we have the Xperia sola which features Sony’s unique floating touch interface that allows you to navigate the web by hovering your finger above the screen so it acts like a moving curser without having to touch the screen. Sony says the technology will open doors for developers to create new ways for users to interface with apps in the future.
Specs-wise the Xperia sola brings a 3.7-inch Reality Display (854×480 pixels, 265ppi), NFC, 1GHz NovaThor STE U8500 dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB of on board storage, micro SD expansion
Available in a choice of black, red and white the Xperia sola retails for RM999 and comes bundled with a car charger with Micro USB cable and 2 SmartTags (Blue and White). The device will hit stores on 15 May, the same day as the Xperia U.
Sony says that Xperia P, U and sola will run on Android Gingerbread but will soon be upgraded Ice Cream Sandwich before the first half of 2012.
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Looks like the Sony Xperia U went on sale earlier than expected. Online retailers IMCC & SuperBuy has revealed the Xperia U pricing at RM899 which is a bargain considering it packs a dual-core processor which is unheard of in this price range.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia U comes with a 3.5″ TFT display that pushes 854×480 resolution, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. At the back, there’s a 5MP camera with 720p HD video capabilities and there’s a front facing VGA camera as well. It is 12mm which and weighs about 110 grams. You can compare the Xperia U specs with its Xperia NXT series in our comparison post.
It is available in black and white colour which the bottom portion can be replaced with multiple colours. Details on the interchangeable bottom caps are not known at this point. One of the interesting features of the Xperia U is the transparent belt which illuminates in multiple colours depending on the dominant screen colour.
At time of release, the Xperia U runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which Sony says it will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. At RM899, the Xperia U will be going head on with its more expensive rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy W and the HTC One V which are priced at RM999.
UPDATE: Sony Xperia U price revealed at RM899.
The Xperia U & sola is already on sale in Hong Kong & Taiwan. The Xperia U is sold at about RM990 and the Xperia sola at RM1180 over there and if priced similarly here, it will be one of the hottest mid-tier dual-core smart phones to look out for.
No exact pricing and dates were given but we believe all 3 should be here by end of May. Local retailer IMCC has already start teasing the Xperia U’s availability which is likely to go on sale first.
Can’t tell the difference between the Xperia S, U & P? Check out our spec comparison here.
We’re still at the Sony Xperia NXT event and Sony has revealed that the Xperia U, Xperia P and the recently announced Xperia sola will be coming into Malaysia in Q2 2012. No pricing details have been revealed for the trio so far.
The Sony Xperia S will be available through telcos beginning tomorrow and also through Sony Centres and dealers on 21st March. As mentioned earlier, the Xperia S will be bundled with RM534 worth of accessories out of the box including 4 SmartTags for a limited time only.