Sony has unveiled its first smartphone at CES, which will go on sale globally later this quarter.
The Xperia S is the first device in its Xperia NXT series. The Android smartphone was announced overnight [10 January] and boasts the ability to connect between a number of Sony devices. The manufacturer said consumers can watch content by connecting an HDMI cable between the phone and television or share photos wirelessly.
The device has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch screen, 32GB of flash storage, 12-megapixel camera and is NFC-enabled.
Ovum analyst Nick Dillon said: 'The launch of the own-branded smartphones marks the start of a new era for Sony, as it positions itself to battle with other multi-screen players in the increasingly competitive and interlinked consumer electronics markets.
'As we enter 2012, Ovum believes that it will become increasingly important for top-tier consumer electronics vendors to offer a complete portfolio, not only of devices, but also the services which run on them. Despite having many of these components in place, Sony now faces the challenge of knitting them together to create a compelling integrated offering – an area in which it has yet to excel.'
Three's head of handsets Sylvia Chind said the device would be coming to the operator 'soon'. She said: 'The Sony Xperia S brings the best HD technology straight into the palm of your hand. Plus, with an impressive 12-megapixel camera, it’s perfect for fast-fingered photographers who want to upload images straight onto Facebook, making the most of Three’s fast 3G network.'