If you’re using a Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S, Xperia ray or Xperia neo V in Malaysia, be on a look out for software updates. We’ve gotten confirmation from some Malaysian users that their Xperia arc S has finally been updated to the latest Android 4.0.3.
The roll out began last week, starting from the Nordic countries and it is done by phases according to your SI code. To find out if you’re device is in the current update roll out, hit the source link below.
For other models such as the original Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active & Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, the update will coming in the next 1-2 months time.
Just as promised, Sony has started rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Sony Xperia models launched in 2011. Currently the roll out has commenced with Xperia owners in the Nordic region.
Xperia Blog has posted a brief first impression of the update on the Xperia arc S. So far, according to them, their Xperia arc S doesn’t feel any faster or slower after the update.
Among the changes are quick dial, new recent apps viewer, quick response for incoming calls, improved email app and better monitoring & control over mobile data. To maintain an optimal user experience, they have included a Performance Assistant which lets you disable certain apps from running for better performance.
There’s the Cosmic Flow wallpaper that we’ve seen from the Xperia S but it isn’t the live version. To screen capture, it is no longer accessible with the power button. Instead it is now activated by pressing the power and volume down button together. Overall, while it brings up the version up a notch to 4.0.3, some features have to be disabled or watered down for a decent user experience. Obviously there’s no Face Unlock since the arc S lacks a front facing camera.
The next question is when will this roll out to the rest of the world and how long will it take for it to reach the latest Sony NXT Series line up.
The next wave will start around end May or early June and this will include Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active & Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.
So far no mentions of the latest Xperia S and Xperia Blog expects it sometime after June 2012. Just a week ago, Sony had announced its first ever Ice Cream Sandwich device – Sony Xperia neo L in China.
U Mobile has started its registration of interest for the Sony Xperia S. The registration is open from now until 13th March and those that registered will be informed with the full details on the next day. You’ll have a choice of 10 pick up points to collect your Xperia S across peninsular Malaysia.
So looks like the official availability is happening next week. No details of pricing yet and over at Singapore, it is available at SGD$745 (RM1,789). To be the first to know about their plans and bundling, sign up over at U Mobile.
Thanks to Jeff for the tip!
The Sony Xperia S is finally available in Singapore with a price tag of SGD$745 from an online retailer. According to the store, the units are sourced from authorised distributor/agent and not AP set with limited warranties. This is about RM1,789 in our local currency which is rather competitive among the current crop of dual-core Android smart phones in the market.
With availability in Singapore, we can expect it to be available in Malaysia soon. How much will it be? We reckon it will be priced under RM2000. If priced competitively, the Xperia S will give other smart phone players a run for their money.
For more information, head over to WhyMobile.
Thanks @cklooi for the tip!
Sony has just released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Beta ROM for its range of Xperia smartphones. Check out the video to see what you can expect to get when ICS is available for your Xperia device.
The Beta release has passed some certifications such as Modem type approval. In addition, important functions like FM radio and GSM are now turned on making it possible for you to use a device with the Beta ROM installed to make phone calls and surf the web. Though Sony says that there are still more certifications required before ICS can be released to Xperia users as an official upgrade. Sony assures that the official ICS update is still scheduled to commence from late March onwards.
The Beta brings a number of things are updated functions and features added on from the previous ICS Alpha release including:
Updated UI: An updated UI that incorporates some new features already introduced in the Xperia S
Lockscreen and Face Unlock: There is now a shortcut to the camera directly from the lockscreen. Also, when you’re listening to music you can control the music player without unlocking the phone by using the music control icons on the lockscreen. In the coming final ICS update, Sony will also include Google’s Face Unlock.
Connectivity Enabled: Where the Alpha released lacked any connectivity function, the Beta release enables GSM modem and FM radio functions allowing you to use your device as a phone – if you choose to install the ROM.
Updated email client: The email UI has been updated adding simplified email management.
Quick dial: The Beta release adds a quick and easy way for you to make phone calls as well. Check out the video demo for details.
Because this is a Beta release (meaning its not final), some functionalities like Gmail, Google Maps, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity are still missing. So consider this a warning.
If you’re keen to try out ICS on your Xperia, you can. The Beta ROM is available for download here. Sony cautions that even though a lot of the basic functionality of this ICS Beta ROM is working, you should only download and install the Beta version if you are an advanced user. This is not the final software, and the stability of the software may not be ideal as it has not been fully tested and bugfixed. As long as you’re ok with that then install away!
BTW the Beta only supports the following devices at the moment: Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray. Good luck!
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Just days away to MWC 2012, the purported Xperia U seen as Xperia S‘s baby sibling has appeared again. This time the device was taken side by side with the Xperia S which gives a better size comparison between the two.
To recap, the ST25i which is said to be released as the Xperia U is expected to run on a dual-core 1GHz processor with a smaller 3.5″ display at 854×480 resolution. Unlike the Xperia S, the Xperia U comes with a removable battery rated at 1,290mAh. At the back, it comes with a 5MP camera with assisted LED flash.
While it maintains the same iconic transparent belt, there are some minor difference between the 2. The power button for the ST25i is placed on the left side while the USB port is exposed on the left.
Head after the break for more comparison shots.
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.
After the jump are a few sample shots comparing the camera performance of the Xperia S and the Xperia arc S. The 12MP Xperia S has to, at the very least, match what the 8MP Xperia arc S can muster but in this comparison, it looks like the Xperia arc S is taking the better pictures.
Having said that, just two samples from each camera are not enough for us to draw a conclusion (though the low light performance on the Xperia S looks better here) and once again, it’s very possible that the Xperia S used here is a pre-production unit. Await the final production version of the Xperia S we shall.
The Sony Xperia S boasts a Fast Capture, a feature where you go from screen switched off stand-by mode to successfully taking a picture in just 1.5 seconds. While that’s certainly fast, many want to know how the shutter performance of the Xperia S fairs in comparison to the Zero Shutter Lag feature seen on the Galaxy Nexus.
This video gives you an idea of what kind of shutter speeds you can expect from the Xperia S. It’s pretty snappy considering the pixel count (12MP on the Xperia S) but it’s not really as fast as the Galaxy Nexus’ Zero Shutter Lag.
Why is a fast shutter important? The faster the shutter, the less likely of you taking blurry pictures, It’s certainly something we can appreciate. In this respect, the Xperia S does a commendable job but again we’ll save our final word on this device when we get a review unit to test thoroughly. Also, we’re not sure if the unit seen in this video is a final production unit. As you are aware, different production versions have marked differences in performance.
Another thing worth pointing out, the Xperia S will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, with that it’s also possible that the device will be getting the Zero Shutter Lag feature as well. While some will argue that Zero Shutter Lag is hardware dependent and a feature that exclusive to the Galaxy Nexus, we’re inclined to think that it is possible for other ICS devices to have the feature as well.
Zero Shutter Lag is officially listed as one of the features of Ice Cream Sandwich, so we’re expecting ICS devices other than the Galaxy Nexus to have fast shutters at the very least if not Zero Shutter Lag.
What do you think?