It’s going to take a while to get used to saying “Sony Xperia” instead of “Sony Ericsson Xperia”. In case you still don’t know, Sony and Ericsson have gone separate ways after ten years of its Sony Ericsson joint venture in the mobile phone market. Sony is taking full control of the mobile phone business while Ericsson concentrate on its other business.
Sony Mobile announced its first Xperia phone after the breakup during CES2012. The Sony Xperia S is a 4.3 inch Android phone with a 1.5GHz CPU and a 12 megapixel camera. Sony Mobile announced at MWC 2012 the Xperia S will start shipping globally now. Which means it’s a matter of weeks before we see it in Singapore. *Fingers crossed*
Sony Mobile also unveiled 2 new phone under the Xperia NXT series – Xperia P and Xperia U.
The Sony Xperia P is a 4 inch Android phone with a 1GHz CPU, 8 Megapixel camera in a full aluminium unibody design. It is the first Xperia phone to use WhiteMagic display technology from Sony. WhiteMagic technology is said to deliver the brightest viewing experience. Smart power efficiency automatically adjust the screen brightness to the surroundings to conserve battery life.
The Sony Xperia U is a 3.5 inch Android phone with a 1GHz CPU and 5 Megapixel camera.
Both Xperia P and Xperia U will be launched globally in the second quarter of this year.
The long awaited Sony Tablet P is finally coming to Singapore!
The Sony Tablet P is very different from most of the tablets you find out there. It has a unique clamshell design with dual 5.5-inch (Ultra Wide VGA 1024×480) TFT screens. Which I guess you can call it a 11 inch Tablet. Haha. This unique form factor means you can fold your Tablet when not in use to protect the screen from scratches. Or fold it like a laptop when typing.
The Sony Tablet P weighs 372g. Measure 180 × 14 × 158 mm when opened and 180 × 26 × 79 mm when closed.
The Sony Tablet P run on Android Honeycomb 3.2. Over the air upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming in the future although there is no confirmed date yet. The Tablet P has a NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, 4GB storage, 5 Megapixel rear HD camera powered by Exmor for mobile, 0.3 Megapixel front facing camera, Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS and 3G. Yeap, the Sony Tablet P comes with 3G. Just plug in your SIM card to get 3G internet on the go.
Like the Sony Tablet S, the Tablet P is a DLNA certified device. This means you can seamless stream a video, music or picture to a DLNA compatible TV easily. It is also PlayStation certified with access to the Sony Entertainment Network.
The Sony Tablet P will be available in Singapore from tomorrow (24 February 2012) and retail at S$848.
The PS Vita is the latest PlayStation Portable console. The PS Vita has a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, two analog nubs, a rear touchpad and a pair of VGA cameras. There will be more than 30 launch titles like ASPHALT : INJECTION, EA SPORTS FIFA Football, ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3, NINJA GAIDEN Ʃ PLUS etc etc…
Besides games, the PS Vita also allow users to communicate with their friends through social networks like Facebook, Flickr, foursquare, Skype and Twitter.
The Sony PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi model will retail at S$399.
When I first read about the XQD Memory Card that was launched together with the Nikon 4D, the first thing that comes to my mind was: “OH NO! Not another Memory Card format.” But the XQD is not just a new format. It might replace the aging CompactFlash Card format.
Based around the PCI Express specifications, the XQD Memory Card allows write speeds of 125MB/sec. Based on a test by Sony, the Nikon 4D can record up to 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode using the XQD Memory Card.
But there’s no need to hurry to buy XQD Memory Card. Right now, only Nikon 4D is using XQD Memory Card. Sony is the only maker of XQD. Other memory cards makers like Sandisk, Lexar, and Kingston have no plans to produce XQD cards yet.
The 16GB XQD card cost US$129.99 and the 32GB XQD card cost US$229.99. Sony will also be releasing a USB 3.0 XQD Card Reader for fast downloading to computer.