Sony Xperia P Review

Sony has launched several handsets since it dropped the Ericsson moniker from the company’s name. The first ones were the Sony Xperia S and Ion introduced at CES 2012 in January. Afterwards, the manufacturer unveiled the next two handsets from this series dubbed the Sony Xperia P and U. Both smartphones are the weaker versions of the high-end Sony Xperia S. As for now, we decided to take a quick look at the Sony Xperia P.

The Sony Xperia P is a mid-range handset and its specs list corresponds to its category. But as all Xperia line smartphones, this one also has attractive appearance, which is the key feature of the phone. It comes in dimensions of 122×59.5×10.5mm and weighs 120 grams. The allocation of buttons and ports is not identical with other Xperia handsets. The microphone, power button, volume rockers and camera launcher are on the right side of the phone, while the left side features a microUSB card slot and the SIM card slot. The phone sports an aluminum unibody meaning its battery is unremovable. The Sony Xperia P is known as a handset with distinctive, minimalistic design. The phone features the same transparent bar placed at the bottom. It will be launched in three colors — red hue, silver, and black.

Though the phone’s display is not the latest technological achievement, it is quite welcomed. With Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and Sony WhiteMagic technology it can provide smooth performance and please any user. The screen size is 4 inches. It comes with a resolution of 540×960 pixels. This LED-backlit LCD touchscreen supports 16 million colors and multitouch to up 4 fingers simultaneously. No reason to worry about the scratches as Sony has protected it with special technology. And lastly, it looks great when running Timescape UI.

Probably the processor of the Sony Xperia P is the most vulnerable feature. But this manufacturer is competing for the highest positions, while a dual-core STE U8500 chipset with DB8500 GPU and clocked at 1GHz just can’t compete with higher-end smartphones like the HTC One X or the LG Optimus 4X HD. But who says, it is the mission of the Sony Xperia P — there is the Sony Xperia S that can beat any quad-core smartphone, though it runs Snapdragon dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz.

The cameras of the Sony Xperia P are not decent ones. The primary camera on the back of the phone has 8MP lens, but it comes only with LED flash and autofocus, which are not enough to take perfect photos in dark conditions. But the phone is capable of shooting 3D panoramic images and recording Full HD videos at 1080p and 30fps. The phone also sports a 1.3MP frontal camera for web chat.

Sony Xperia P Sample Video

The other features of the Sony Xperia P include 16GB of internal memory, 13GB of which is available for users, 1GB of RAM, which is a good guarantee the device will run smoothly, USB On-the-go support, HSDPA with 14.4 Mbps download speed, a standard 1305mAh battery providing up to 5 hours of talk-time and up to 475 hours of stand-by mode in 3G network.

The second and the most disappointing feature of this smartphone is Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, which has been planned to be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but as we know it will happen not that soon.

The handset is set to be released in April and to come at a price tag of around 450 pounds. It’s a little bit expensive taking into account there are several real features, which will prevent the phone from staying alive in the tough competition.

Pros

  • 4-inch qHD screen
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Distinctive design
  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine

Cons

  • Lack of microSD card slot
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 8MP camera without dual-LED flash
  • 1GHz dual-core processor

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