JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Sony has launched its first smartphone in its Xperia NXT series, the Android NFC-enabled Xperia S.
The handset, which Sony announced at the CES show in Las Vegas, has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 12MP camera. It will be available during the first quarter and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich during the second quarter.
The Xperia S is NFC enabled and offers Sony's Music Unlimited with a global catalogue of 12 million unique songs. Meanwhile, the Video Unlimited service offers Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows from all major studios.
The Xperia S user interface has been redesigned to match the "minimalistic" design of the hardware, Sony said.
The handset has an HD screen with 1280x720 resolution as well as front HD 720p and back HD 1080p cameras. It has 32GB of internal flash storage and HD video sharing is available through DLNA and HDMI, using Bravia Sync for controlling the phone with a TV remote control when connected to a TV.
Yesterday Sony kicked off its presence at CES in grand fashion as it unveiled a wide range of devices including tablets, handsets and TVs.
The firm used the show to push the dual-screen Tablet P, a foldable tablet with a pair of screens that can be used as a single display or split to function as separate screens and touch controllers.
The Xperia S smartphone is the first since Sony bought out the Sony Ericsson joint venture last year, so all eyes will be on the Japanese firm to see if it can make the brand a success without its former partner. µ