Sony Gets Transparent and Bright with Xperia U and P Smartphones

Sony’s showing at MWC 2012 today was squarely aimed at the mid-tier crowd, introducing the Xperia P and the Xperia U. Both phones feature Sony’s own Mobile BRAVIA Engine powering the graphics display, and feature access to the new Sony Entertainment Network.

The Xperia P is a 4″ display phone that features an aluminum unibody design. It runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though it will be Ice Cream Sandwich compatible down the road. The P has 16 GB of on-board Flash memory, and comes equipped with NFC (Near Field Communications), the tech that could turn phones into mobile payment devices. Aside from all that, the Xperia P features WhiteMagic display tech that increases the brightness on the display, though that will be automatically adjusted according to the lighting in the current environment to save power. The SmartDock connects the Xperia P to one or more screens around the home, allowing for easy streaming of media from your Xperia P to your television, computer, or tablet.

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The Xperia U goes more for style points, with a transparent section that changes colors to match the images being displayed on-screen at any given moment. Various themes and caps can be put on the U, for extra personalization. xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound beef up the audio capabilities. The U, like the P, runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the Ice Cream Sandwich update available later. The display is 3.5”, and there is a 5 MP camera, but no front-facing camera.

No word on pricing for either phone, but Sony has indicated that both the Xperia P and the Xperia U will be hitting stores very soon.

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Chance Kinney contributed to this report.

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