Unboxed: Sony Xperia S

Posted:  February 21, 2012   By:    43 comments   

With a 12.1MP camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage, the Sony Xperia S created quite a buzz when it was first officially unveiled at CES in January. We were pretty excited about the device too when we got our first hands-on at the Xperia S Asian launch in Shanghai.

In just over a month, the Xperia S is already here in Malaysia. The unit that we have is the same version that you will get in stores when the Xperia S goes on sale here and right out of the box, we noticed improvements from the early prototype units that we tested in Shanghai.

The camera performance is much better now but we will need more time to see how good the 12MP shooter on the Xperia S is. We will also compare the Xperia S with the Nokia N8 to see which 12MP shooter is the best — that’s going to be interesting.

Aside from the camera, where the Xperia S impressed us the most is in its the built quality and display. Sony really knows how to make a quality device and Xperia S feels like a million bucks with quality construction and utilising plastics that really feel premium to the touch.

The 4.3-inch screen on the Xperia S is currently the highest density screen you can get in the market, combine that with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine image enhancement software and you get a truly mesmerizing display. Colours on the Xperia S are true-to-life vibrant, details are pin-sharp and the contrast really gives your great depth. We’ve only used the Xperia S for a few hours but we’re very inclined to say that the Xperia S has the best display you can get on an Android device. It’s something you must experience yourself to see what we mean.

Speaking of which, the Xperia S will be launching in Malaysia really soon. Sony is still tight-lipped on when exactly the launch will happen but we have a feeling the Xperia S will go on sale here sometime in early March. As always you can expect local operators to offer plans for the device as well. Question is of course, which operator will offer plans for the Xperia S. Right now, we don’t have enough info to tell you for sure.

So that’s pretty much it. Head on over to after the break for part two of the Xperia S unboxing video. As always, drop your questions in the comment section and we’ll try our best to answer them.

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43 Comments for Unboxed: Sony Xperia S


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compare to s2 and notes, which screen impress you more.
in term of performance, which give u a better experience?


Dual core is outdated. Waiting for quad core.


    quad core? sounds like more powerful than your laptop and desktop.

    to sms and whatsapp only? lol.


      My desktop already using quadcore 3 years ago. I think you're outdated too. LOL


        *facepalm* u want to play battlegear on your android phone is it? pfft. wasted. tell me what u can do to utilize the quad core processor on android phone. i bet u can't.


        quad core is cool….but i bet your battery sure WORST than any other phone. unless they a pack a big one inside….DUDE….


          Quadcore Tegra 3 is consuming less power than dual core Tegra 2 due to better design.


          Yes quad core is not especially power consuming (in some design more power saving), but a quad core smartphone is quite the overkill. You don't do really do complex arithmetic function on it.
          so what quad core will do; is exponentially amp up the price, for those processing juice you will never ever use.


          From what I see, there's no amping up of price. Just that dual core dropping price and quad core take over the dual core price segment.


          So what, you're paying premium.. FOR NOTHING.


          agree, it;s just all these high tech technology keeps pumping up the price whc we do not really need. Anyway, wht are we going to do with a quad core or penta core?? haha…


          this smart phone race is now turning into PC-kind of war. just like steve job predicted.

          just keep adding up the hardware spec. there is no innovation anymore.

          so, 2 years later i have 16 cores in my smartphone, for me to check facebook and surf net………wtf……


    I take that as a sarcasm.


Update us on the battery life!


question for the reviewer:
How much power (ampere) does the phone needs ( or does the powersuplly supllies ) ?



    The USB charger that's included in the box feeds 850mA, that's less than 1 Amp.


      Is the 'fast charging' mentioned in the manual that comes with the phone?


      i got one simple question 🙂 does xperia s or nxt uxp has smart dial feature? thank you in advance..:)


        On the dialer, you can tap on the keypad to search for number or contact names. It automatically matches from your address book.


Hello, Soya cincau can do some testing on the battery life? Like modertae~heavy usage to see it can last through a day or not.


    Yeah, agree with chezori on the concern of battery life. Since the screen is so gorgeous, wondering would this add up more power consumption?

    Thickness compare to S2 and Nexus will be a plus too. Since their screen size almost there and would like to know how the total physical comparison.

    Thx for the nice video on showing the nice LCD screen… really good!


      Thx man, because xperia s packs only with 1750mAh, n Galaxy S2 packs with 1650mAh, many S2 frens of mine keep complaining bout the battery life, with the screen not even qHD, and AMOLED more power saving.. SO not sure 100mAh makes any difference. Making it non-removable battery, i wonder does Sony put any black magic inside to make it last longer..


        so i guess there will be no replacement battery if it goes kong…u hv to buy a new phone then…smart sony!!


    It lasted about 12-13 hours on average use with auto sync and notifications from Facebook/Twitter/Gmail/Whatsapp turned on.


please make a battery test, screen test and video recording test versus the samsung galaxy note~~~


Hey SC..thanks a mil for unboxing and reviewing this device. You guys make good reviews for us Malaysians. Anyway, I need an honest answer. Is it just me or did the Xperia seem…well, laggy? Samsung GS2, Note, Nexus, and Apple's line seem to swipe and toggle across screens with ease and with a sort of smoothness, whereas from what you just demonstrated, it seems like Sony has sacrificed fluid movement for design and style. Is the use of those motion backgrounds slowing the phone down?


    So far it hasn't lag or slowed down to the point of being annoying. If there's one area to complain, it would be the 3 capacitive buttons. It is a hit or miss affair and takes quite a while to find the exact sweet spot.


When is the comparison to the N8 coming?


Dear Soyacincau:
Please do the battery test. I'm dying to have one and the only thing concerned is the battery life (un removable battery)


    On our average usage with all notification and auto sync turned on, it lasted about 12-13 hours with 3G. With juice defender, it was a stretched 15 hours.

Faisal Hanafi

Does this phone use the newer Snapdragon S4 SoC or does it use the older Snapdragon S3 SoC?


    bad news man, S3 and still Cortex-A8, so 1.5gHz dual core wont be any better than Galaxy S2's Exynos 1.2gHz Cortex-A9.. but i love this xperia S. Now too many S2 on the street. 🙂

      Waris Amir Mohammad

      Snapdragon S3 is Cortex A9.

        Waris Amir Mohammad

        Correction: it is neither. The Scorpion is Qualcomm's own design BUT it is based on ARMv7 and shares many of Cortex-A8 functionalities. So it's closer to the A8 design-wise but it has better multimedia performance than the stock A8 implementation.


That fast capture is indeed quick. From sleep to shutter is quicker than the Galaxy Nexus (or any other phone which requires to wake up the phone and then activate the camera from lockscreen).

Hope to see a shot-to-shot test.


That fast capture is indeed quick. From sleep to shutter is quicker than the Galaxy Nexus (or any other phone which requires to wake up the phone and then activate the camera from lockscreen).

Hope to see a shot-to-shot test.

Anyway, is it me or many OEMs are going the iPhone Way with the non-user removable battery, the lack of SD-card slot and the use of microSIM?


will xperia arc s drops its price afterwards?

Akmal Yusri

how did you get those ??



Thank you for the review. Appreciate it.

One thing that I have not been able to find out so far. Where is the notification LED? For the Xperia Arc, it was right next to the micro USB port on the side, pretty useless in my opinion..

Where is it located on the Xperia S? Hopefully somewhere more visible.



    The notification LED is located at the top left, on the front of the device. You can't miss it. 🙂


does xperia s on the store in whole malaysia in between March?


how to get the micro sim..??


    go to the your nearest telecommunication service provider and request them to re-size your sim card…… wright me if im wrong