Back at CES, then Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia S. Today at MWC 2012, the newly acquired Sony Mobile Communications announced two more Xperia NXT series devices - the Xperia P and Xperia U. 

The Xperia P features a 4" reality display with Sony's Mobile BRAVIA and WhiteMagic enhancement engines, the latter of which is new for Xperia. I originally suspected WhiteMagic would be RGBW PenTile, this actually turns out to be an RGBW stripe, as in (RGBW,RGBW for two pixels, not RG, BW like in PenTile RGBW), The Verge has a good photo here until we can get a macro. In addition the P includes a 1 GHz dual core ST-E U8500 SoC. ST-E's U8500 NovaThor consists of two ARM Cortex A9 with the NEON MPE and Mali-400 graphics. It's interesting to see Sony going with the U8500 here considering the Xperia S includes a 1.5 GHz MSM8260 SoC. In addition the phone includes 16 GB of internal storage, 8 MP camera, HDMI, and NFC. The only bad news is that the Xperia P will launch running Android 2.3 and receive Android 4.0 in the second quarter of 2012. 

Sony Xperia Additions
Device Xperia P Xperia U
Dimensions 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm 112 x 54 x 12 mm
Mass 120 grams 110 grams
SoC 1 GHz ST-E U8500 NovaThor
OS Android 2.3 at launch, Android 4.0 Q2 2012
Camera 8 MP 5 MP
Display 4" 960 x 540 3.5” 854 x 480
Cellular Support UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
GERAN 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS 850/1900/2100 -or-
UMTS 900/2100
GERAN 850/900/1800/1900
RAM/NAND ? MB LPDDR2 / 16 GB (13 GB Available) 512 MB LPDDR2 / 8 GB (6 GB Available)

The Xperia U is a compact model which continues the same style and design language. It has a 3.5" display with Sony's Mobile BRAVIA, the same 1 GHz dual core ST-E U8500 SoC, and 5 MP camera. Just like the Xperia P, the U will launch running 2.3 and get an update to 4.0 in the second quarter of 2012. 

Source: Sony Mobile Communications

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  • ExodusC - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    I'd really like to see a successor to the Xperia Play in Sony's lineup. This time around, hopefully we'll see more cutting-edge hardware (the 1GHz Hummingbird was a bit dated for the time, in my opinion).

    I say this because I've played with the phone in person, and the experience is actually very nice, and the controls felt great.

    Other than the Play, Sony's lineup so far doesn't appeal to me, especially with the rumors of the Galaxy S III surfacing now, which appears to be impressive.
  • infra_red_dude - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Xperia Play had MSM8255 with A205 and not Hummingbird.
  • ExodusC - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Sorry, you're right.

    That just emphasizes my point though, since the Snapdragon was a predecessor to the Hummingbird.
  • rocketbuddha - Monday, February 27, 2012 - link

    Snapdragon- Qualcomm designed ARM v7 compatible chip
    Hummingbird - Implementation of ARM Cortex A9 single core by Samsung.
    Absolutely different...
  • jjj - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    At least 3 wins already for the ST-E U8500.
  • peter123 - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Which is the third win?
  • jjj - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Samsung Beam
  • LauRoman - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    So combining those three devices would create the Sony PUS?
  • snoozemode - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    U8500 might not be that exciting but coming A9600 is one hell of a SoC, 2.5 GHz Cortex A15 and PowerVR Rogue.
  • Alexvrb - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    If that's true it'll be pretty badass. A15 designs are looking really strong compared to older A9s, and Rogue is a huge upgrade over Series 5.

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