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Sony Xperia P review

A feature-packed mid-range Android smartphone

Sony Xperia P review

Although impressive, there is little in terms of pre-installed apps and mapping software that helps set the Sony Xperia P apart from a number of its Android rivals, with the Google-branded operating system coming with the traditional collection of Google innards and pre-assigned services.

As expected from an Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia P runs Google Maps direct from the box, with the familiar mapping and navigation app-based software doing what is expected of it, providing largely accurate and reasonably speedy location-based data on demand.

Eager to lock on to GPS signals, the phone's maps offering sees you also benefiting from a rift of directions and navigational services.

Sony Xperia P review

Despite being uninspiring in terms of from the box app-based content, Sony's handset is more than capable of benefiting largely from the expansive offering of Google Play apps available to download.

With 16GB worth of internal storage and a 1GHz dual-core processor combining with 1GB of RAM to run the show, the Sony Xperia P is powerful enough to comfortably run any manner of applications thrown at it.

A selection of performance-demanding games ran with ease and no sign of unwanted lag, stuttering or infuriatingly sluggish transitions back to the home screens.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS
SAR Value0.78 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia P
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density275 ppi
Height122 mm
Width59.5 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time470 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA P
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineXperia P
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Number1262-0500
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience beauty. Distinctive design.

The Xperia P Android phone stands out with its distinctive, minimalistic design.

Like all phones in the Sony Xperia NXT series, it has a simple, strong design language. And Xperia P takes it one step further - the precision crafted, full aluminium unibody gives this Android phone a unique, durable and modern look.

A clear display, even in bright sunlight.

Lounging in the sun, enjoying a YouTube clip or your favourite movie?

The 4" Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine also includes Sony's unique WhiteMagic™ technology, making the colours in your favourite clips and stills look as sharp and clear as if you were inside.

WhiteMagic adds a 4th white sub-pixel - traditional LCD screens have three; red, green and blue - to the Reality Display. The result? The outstanding combination of an ultra-bright screen and great power efficiency. Power efficient because WhiteMagic automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to surrounding light - when the light is not so strong, Sony Xperia P uses less battery power.