UPDATE: Sony Xperia SL will be coming to Malaysia. However there’s no mention of local availability date and pricing at this moment.
The Sony Xperia SL which is a bumped up version of the Xperia S has been officially revealed on Sony’s own website without much fanfare. It was earlier expected to be launched at IFA 2012 together with other new Sony models such as Sony Xperia T and Xperia TX.
Just as the earlier rumour suggests, it features a familiar dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 processor which is now bumped up from 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz. The Xperia SL now comes in 4 colours to choose from – Black, White, Silver and Pink. In terms of design, it looks rather identical but there’s one small difference at the bottom where the side lines slope towards the end.
The rest of the hardware and features remained unchanged with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on board storage, 12.1MP camera and a high density 4.3″ display that does 1280×720. Weight and thickness is the same as the Xperia S at 10.6mm thick and 144grams. The full details can be viewed on Sony’s product page.
Head after the break for more product shots.
After the Sony Xperia S, its next in line Sony Xperia P is finally getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The update brings a host of new features which include a new lock screen, resizable widgets, new recent apps function and a couple of interface improvements.
The remaining Sony Xperia devices such as Xperia U, Xperia sola and Xperia go will be updated soon, hopefully within the coming months.
In other news, Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note which recently gotten Ice Cream Sandwich is said to be upgraded for another round to Jelly Bean. The same goes for the latest Samsung Galaxy S III where its official Android 4.11 Jelly Bean firmware was leaked recently.
Head after the break to watch an intro video of Android 4.0 for Xperia S/P.
There’s normally a negative stigma when it comes to smart phones from China. Out from the usual knock offs, there are a couple of Chinese smart phone manufacturers that are stepping out from its cheap and nasty image. Previously focused on low end models, they are now eyeing for the high end smart phone market.
One of such companies is Xiaomi and its recently announced Xiaomi Mi2 which is the first ever Android smart phone with Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Krait chipset. The APQ8064 S4 Pro processor runs at 1.5GHz which is mated with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. On board it comes with 16GB of storage and it runs on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
In terms of display, it gets a 4.3″ IPS screen with that does 1280×720, which gives a pixel density of 342ppi. Over at the back, it comes with a 8MP camera with f/2.0 which is capable of shooting 1080p videos. In terms of connectivity, it supports HSPA+ up to 42Mbps. Overall the phone is 10.2mm thick and weighs 145g.
Best part is the price of just 1,999 RMB, which is just under RM1,000. That’s tremendous value even compared to today’s dual-core smart phone offering.
For more information, head over to Xiaomi Mi2 page.
Head after the break for more official product photos.