By Stephen Schenck | July 16, 2012 11:08 AM
Back around the start of April, we learned that plans were in the works to bring three of Sony’s latest Xperia Androids to the United States, following their debut abroad. Distributor Brightstar revealed that sometime this summer, it would work with Sony to introduce the Xperia S, Xperia P, and the Xperia U to smartphone fans in the States. Sure enough, the time for these models to land has arrived, and all three are now available for purchase, unlocked.
The Xperia S is the highlight of this group, with a 1.5GHz dual-core S3, gigabyte of RAM, 12-megapixel camera, and a 4.3-inch 720p screen. In our review of the handset, we were really impressed with just how nice that display looked, thanks in no small part to Sony’s BRAVIA engine. Since then, the phone’s gotten even better, thanks to an ICS update.
The Xperia P takes things down a notch in several departments. We move to a dual-core 1GHz SoC, and an STE NovaThor component instead of a Snapdragon. The camera drops to eight megapixels, and the screen now measures four inches, with a qHD resolution.
This trend continues with the Xperia U. Sony slashes RAM back to 512MB, shrinks the screen down to a 3.5-inch FWVGA display, and goes with a five-megapixel main camera.
Prices for these unlocked Xperia S, P, and U handsets are $560, $480, and $300, respectively. All three will support 3G operation on AT&T’s network, or T-Mobile’s where 1900MHz service is available. In addition to Sony’s direct sales, online retailer Newegg will also carry the phones.