Sony Xperia S Launched In India – Is It Worth The Price?

by abhishek bhatnagar on April 11, 2012

Yesterday, Sony launched their first android phone called Xperia S, why I am saying its Sony first phone as this phone is not launched in collaboration with Ericsson which is sister company of sony, overtaken some years back by sony. Talking about the new Xperia S it comes with 4.3 inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor. It runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS that is upgradable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in Q2 2012. It is launched at an MRP of Rs. 32549 however you can get it at a lower price from near by mobile phone dealer your place.


It has a 12 megapixel camera with LED Flash for low light picture taking with full 1080p Full High Definition (HD) video recording, 1.3 Megapixel camera with 720p HD video calling and video chat. Apart from these hardware, on the software front it has NFC, DLNA, HDMI, BRAVIA Sync for controlling your Xperia S with your TV remote control and connectivity features such as 3G, Bluetooth with A2DP, WiFi and assisted GPS. It comes with 1750 mAh battery.


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Xperia S Specs

Launched at MRP: Rs. 32,549

  • 12.1 megapixel camera with auto focus
  • 4.3 inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen
  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual Core processor
  • 16x digital zoom, LED flash
  • Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) (Upgrade to Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, planned in Quarter 2 2012)
  • 16 million colours, 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Screen size 128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm , 5.0 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches

Colour’s available in India : White, Black – you can read the complete specs and features of Sony Xperia S here

Xperia S Compared To Other Phones In This Price Range

As compared to other phones in this price range like Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy Note, it is much better phone atleast in terms of hardware as it comes with great HD display screen, both the front and back camera are HD capable. The camera is 12 Megapixel with great Exmor R sensor which gives you crisp and clear life like pictures.

You can see the comparison sheet of features of Xperia S with other phones below.


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Features To Notice In Xperia S

Talking about some of the features which is are worth Noticing in Xperia S are HD Display, HD Video Recording, 12 Megapixel Camera, NFC and HD Surround Sound as mentioned in the image below.


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Fastest Camera in this price range for burst shot mode – The camera get ready for another picture just after 1 second after the previous image shot.


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HD Surround Sound Explained On Xperia S


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Free Online Storage For Photos, Songs Or Movies On Your Xperia S

For those you buy Sony Xperia S before 12 December 2012 will get 50 GB free storage on for lifetime. For using this storage you will need to install the app from google play android market.


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What’s In The Box Of Xperia S?

It comes with USB Universal Car Charger, USB Data Sync Cable, HDMI Cable with which you can connect the Xperia S to your TV and a Leather case as well, as you can see in the image below.


Xperia S Hands On Pictures

We got our hands on the new Xperia S, and our first reaction about the device is that it has got a really sharp and vibrant display.


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Looking from the top, it has 3.5 mm audio jack on the right and a power / sleep key as you can see in the image below.


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The 12 Megapixel camera on the back looks really good and awesome with circular LED Flash light, it has speaker and small MIC for noise cancellation and matt finish back.


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On the right edge of the phone, you will see a camera shutter key at the lower bottom, volume rocker and HDMI port above that.


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On the left edge of the phone, you will see a micro USB port for data transfer and charging.


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We compared the Xperia S with our iphone – the edge thickness is less as compared to iphone but the phone is curved at the back to give it a nice hold in your hand which makes it little more thicker but that’s negligible. 


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In terms of size Xperia S is definitely bigger than iphone 4 or 4S


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It also has a light strip at the bottom of the phone which illuminates as per the wallpaper on your Xperia S with the same color effect, it makes the phone look more stylish and elegant in looks.


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Xperia S Hands On Video Review

Shoot us any questions on this device through the comment section below, we will get it soon for a detailed review, we also have a series of videos coming up on this phone, we will update this page for the same.

abhishek bhatnagar

I love to write about latest technology gadgets and smartphones and tablets. I play around with technology and try to learn and express my views on the same. You can connect with me at twitter or on google+ profile or know me more on

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rahul April 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Hi… I really like this phone…
It seems like Sony is giving away 2 smartags with the phone for a limited period only… Any idea if thats true or are the smartags part of the package itself..???

Rohit April 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

its true, confirmed by officials that initial few phones will come with two free NFC tags. More tags can be bought separately.

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