Sony announced a number of new additions to its Xperia range at the recent Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. One of these was the Sony Xperia P, and in this article I will introduce some of its key features so you can decide if it is the right smartphone for you.
The handset is similar in appearance to the Sony Xperia S which was released a couple of months ago. The front of the handset houses the 4 inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen, which has a pixel layout of 540x 960 which is the same as the likes of the HTC Sensation XE, and only slightly lower than the renowned ‘retina’ display of the Apple iPhone 4S. The high resolution of the screen males the device ideal for tasks like gaming and watching videos, and is highly responsive thanks to the LCD panel and dual-core processor.
At 1 GHz, the dual-core processor gives the Sony Xperia P a great deal of computing power which equates to impressive performance from several aspects of the handset’s spec list. The benefits of a powerful processor are numerous, with well known benefits including a responsive touchscreen, fast loading times of web pages, fast loading and smooth operation of apps, and better multitasking. The latter means that you can run two or more apps simultaneously without jeopardising the performance of either, because the processor has two dedicated cores. To give you an idea of the performance of the phone, the Apple iPhone 4S also has a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and this is one of the most popular smartphones in the world.
When using a 3G connection to connect to the internet, the Sony Xperia P offers data download and streaming speeds of 14.4 megabytes per second. This is ample to load even content rich web pages quickly, while streamed content such as YouTube videos will play smoothly without buffering for too long. Of course the handset also supports Wi-Fi as an internet connection option, and this may be preferable for those who have a monthly cap on their data allowance.
As a camera phone, the Sony Xperia P is well equipped, sporting an 8 megapixel camera on the back. This has Sony’s Exmoor sensor technology found on the company’s standalone digital cameras so you are assured of the build quality. The camera comes with a package of features which includes autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face & smile detection and image stabilisation along with an impressive panoramic photo feature. When it comes to shooting videos, the camera on this phone is equally at home capturing footage in settings of up to 1080p with ease. A VGA quality camera is also located of the front of the phone which means you can make video calls with contacts that have compatible devices, or take self portrait photos and videos.
The phone has the Gingerbread version of Android, although it will support an update to Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0 of the popular software) when it rolls out to compatible phones. One or two features of this phone are slightly below the best out there. I would say it is at the high end of the mid range smartphone category. There is no doubt though that it sports many impressive features, and on paper at least, it can easily compete with several mainstream smartphones.