Sony has debuted the latest next generation smartphones from its Xperia NXT series - the new Xperia P and Xperia U.
The company has also announced that its HD smartphone, the Xperia S is now shipping to markets across the globe, and registered its first sales in the Sony Style store in Barcelona on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress.
The Xperia P and Xperia U will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of the year.
The Xperia NXT series is designed to allow users to enjoy and share content on a screen that best suits them - on the smartphone, TV, laptop or tablet.
The phone's design features a transparent band that encircles the base of the phone and integrates invisible antenna components. The transparent element illuminates when receiving calls, texts and notifications.
It also has a new User Interface (UI), which follows the same design principle as its predecessor and enhances the Android experience. The innovative album, video and music player functionalities are designed to deliver compelling entertainment experiences and also allow consumers to access their favourite applications directly from the lock-screen.
Xperia P and Xperia U boast Reality Display powered by Mobile Bravia Engine for sharp clarity, along with fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap mode in a little over a second with a single key press. Both smartphones come with 1 GHz dual-core processors.
As with Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U are designed to connect consumers to premium entertainment experiences through the Sony Entertainment Network. Consumers can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on Video Unlimited or listen to music through Music Unlimited.
The Xperia P features a full aluminium unibody design, and debuts WhiteMagic display technology from Sony on a smartphone. WhiteMagic technology is designed to deliver the brightest viewing experience. Smart power efficiency also automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to the surroundings to conserve battery life.
The new SmartDock, exclusively for Xperia P, is designed to offer simple connectivity to multiple screens, turning the smartphone into an entertainment hub for the living room. Using a TV remote control, consumers can navigate their smartphone's media content to watch their HD videos, movies or favourite TV shows on the big screen. With USB support in the SmartDock, they can also use a wireless keyboard and mouse to write emails, browse and post on Facebook or watch videos from YouTube on their TV.
The phone also features an 8MP camera with fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images, HDMI and DLNA connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communications), as well as Xperia SmartTags.
It is available in a choice of silver, black and red, all with an aluminium unibody and operates on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), with upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.
The Xperia U features xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, and the ability to stream music from the Xperia U to wireless speakers with a touch using DLNA.
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In the Xperia U, the transparent element is designed to illuminate to match the colour of photos viewed in the gallery or the album art of music tracks currently playing. Xperia U can also be personalised with exchangeable caps and themes.
Consumers listening to music on their Xperia U can also use the new Smart Headset for Android smartphones, which features SmartKey - a dedicated application key that consumers press once to launch a favourite app.
The smartphone has a 3.5-inch Reality Display powered by Mobile Bravia Engine, a 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
The Xperia U is available in a choice of white or black, with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box.
The phone launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.