Sony Shows Off New Xperia S

Sony has finally unveiled its first smartphone since parting ways with long-term mobile phone partner Ericsson last year.
The Japanese firm lifted the lid on the Sony Xperia S at the CES 2012 expo in Las Vegas. Analysts were treated to a mobile that packs a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with the same Mobile Bravia Engine technology found in high-end Sony TV sets, plus a 12 megapixel camera with an Exmor R sensor.
The Xperia S is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 processor, and also comes with Near Field Communication (NFC) support to enable users to pay for small-ticket items by swiping their phone over an in-store reader.
The phone will also let users watch content from the Sony Entertainment Network by connecting through HMDI to TV, or share photos wirelessly with just one touch.
In terms of operating software, Sony said the smartphone will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on board, but stressed that an update to the latest version of Google’s mobile OS (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available in the second quarter of 2012.
Three has already announced that it will carry the Xperia S when it launches in the UK later this quarter, and is expected to offer it free on 2-year tariffs starting from around £30 per month.