Sony has unveiled two new 'next generation' smartphones at Mobile World Congress, the Xperia P and Xperia U, which join the Xperia S in the Xperia NXT series.
However, the phones look distinctly last generation when compared to HTC, Samsung and Huawei's latest quad-core offerings, with both toting 1GHz dual-core processors and powered by Android Gingerbread.
The NXT series is also used to distinguish the first three Sony-branded phones the company has launched since its split with Ericsson.
The two new Android phones come with Sony’s distinct transparent band that loops around the base of the device integrating invisible antenna components. The transparent element illuminates when receiving calls, texts and notifications.
As with the Xperia S, the Xperia P and Xperia U focus on providing users with a premium entertainment experience with access to the Sony Entertainment Network. Consumers can watch films on Video Unlimited or access millions of tracks via Music Unlimited.
The Xperia P sports a 4 inch screen and full aluminium unibody design and is the first smartphone to have Sony’s WhiteMagic display technology.
Sony claims WhiteMagic technology delivers the brightest viewing experience on a smartphone in any light, using Smart Power to automatically adjust the brightness of the screen to the surroundings in order to conserve battery life.
The Xperia P smartphone also comes with Sony’s new SmartDock, which offers simple connectivity to multiple screens, turning the smartphone into an entertainment hub.
Using a TV remote control, consumers can navigate through their smartphone’s media content to watch HD videos, films or TV shows on TV.
With USB support in the SmartDock, users can also use a wireless keyboard and mouse to write emails, browse and post on Facebook or watch videos from YouTube on TV.
The Sony Xperia U comes with a 3.5 inch screen and offers xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, delivering an enhanced sound experience. Users can also stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speakers with a touch using DLNA.
The Xperia U’s transparent element illuminates to match the colour of photos viewed in the gallery or the album art of music tracks currently playing. The Xperia U can also be personalised with exchangeable caps and themes.
The phone also comes with Smart Headset, which feature SmartKey – a dedicated application launch key that consumers press once to launch a favourite app.