Sony’s new Sony Mobile Communications unit is up, running and releasing devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain today. Now that they’ve completed their buyout of partner Ericsson they’re dropping the “Ericsson” from their new phones and going just under the branding of Sony.
The Sony Xperia U builds on the style and design of the [easyazon-link asin=”B0061JP41Y” locale=”us”]Sony Xperia S[/easyazon-link]. The Xperia U has a 1.0 ghz dual core processor (I wish I could type the way British people say processor it’s my favorite part of trade shows abroad).
It’s coming out with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That’s not too bad because they’ve pledged to upgrade their Xperia line of phones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich quickly. The screen is a 3.5″ FWVGA Reality Display powered by Sony’s mobile Bravia engine.
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In the camera department there is a 5.0 megapixel rear shooter with 720p HD video capabilities. The camera also has the ability to switch from still to video and back in under 2 seconds.
The Sony Xperia U has style to match your taste. The bottom portion is interchangeable between white, black, pink and yellow (sold separately). The Xperia U also has the transparent illuminated bar at the bottom. This bar changes color to match the dominant color on the screen. If you’re looking at a picture with trees it will turn green, the sky, blue and so on.
They’re also bringing their own sound technology called xLoud which will enhance the sound and bring you surround sound. Let us not forget that for years Sony was the pioneer in mobile sound.
The Xperia U will be available globally in Q2 of 2012. There’s no information on a US carrier however they seem to have the best relationship with AT&T and Verizon.
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