Sony Xperia S Review

Sony Xperia S has been unveiled at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). It is the first Sony-branded smartphone following the company acquiring Ericson's stake in the smartphone brand Sony Ericson. It is a next-generation PlayStation certified smartphone. The device flaunts an amazing HD display with Mobile Bravia engine.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S2 has been a stunning device which features faster processor, voice talk and Near Field Communications (NFC). The ultra-slim device provides faster processing, web browsing, gaming as well as multitasking.

Check out how both the smartphones stack up:


The Sony Xperia S comes with a 4.3in scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen with a massive resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It incorporates Reality display with Sony mobile Bravia engine as well as Timescape User Interface (UI). It enables multitouch functionality (ten fingers). The Sony mobile Bravia engine improves sharpness, increases contrast, saturation and noise reduction of the photos and videos as well.

In contrast, the Galaxy S2 touts a 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The screen integrates a Corning Gorilla glass and TouchWiz 4.0 UI. The sporting features of the UI are visual improvements and gestures functionality.


The Sony smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset which allows faster connectivity and better graphics. The Adreno 225 GPU will feature an advanced level of 3D graphics performance.

The Samsung smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU and an Exynos chipset. With support for 2D vector graphics via OpenVG 1.1 and 3D graphics through OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0, the Mali 400 MP offers support for complete acceleration, minimises heat dissipation and maximises battery life.


The Xperia S boasts a 12.1 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The sporting features are smile shutter, face recognition and 3D sweep panorama. It offers support to Full HD video recording of 1080p and a front-facing of 1.3 megapixel for video calling.

The Galaxy S2 includes an eight megapixel rear-facing camera which features LED flash, auto-focus, geo-tagging and face and smile detection. It allows users to record video of Full HD 1080p. In addition, it contains a front-facing camera of two megapixels which can be used for video chats.

Operating System

The Xperia S and the Galaxy S2 run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It could be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The ICS features new home screen folder, easy multi-tasking, new lock screen actions, improved text-input, spell-checking and resizable widgets.

The Sony Xperia S offers onboard storage of 32GB but the device lacks a microSD card slot.

The Galaxy S2 comprises internal storage options of 16GB/32GB and 1GB RAM.


The Sony Xperia S contains a Li-Ion 1750mAh standard battery which allows standby time of up to 450 hours on 2G and 420 hours on 3G networks. It provides talk time of up to seven hours 30 minutes on 2G and eight hours 30 minutes on 3G networks.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with a Li-Ion 1650mAh standard battery. It allows standby time of up to 710 hours on 2G and 610 hours on 3G networks as well as talk time of up to 18 hours 20 minutes on 2G and eight hours 40 minutes on 3G networks.

The Xperia S and the Galaxy S2 seem to be powerful smartphones. Will the smartphones pose a threat to upcoming Galaxy S3? The Galaxy S3 is expected to come with a 4.8in screen which will use a new type of Super AMOLED technology.

Possibly, the device will be powered by a 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor. Several rumours point towards a whopping 12 megapixel rear-facing camera which features auto-focus and LED flash. It could come up with a decent 2050mAh standard battery and with the internal storage option of 16GB/32GB. It could also have a microSD card with an additional memory of 32GB.

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