Introducing Sony’s new Xperia™ smartphone series – Xperia™ T, Xperia™ V, and Xperia™ J [video]

Today, we’re announcing a number of Sony smartphones joining the 2012 Xperia™ line up – Xperia™ T, Xperia™ V, and Xperia™ J. The Xperia™ T (Xperia™ TX in some markets) is our new flagship smartphone, and it includes Sony’s best HD smartphone screen – a 4.6” HD Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, and best camera – a 13 MP fast capture camera that goes from sleep mode to snap in just over a second. The Xperia™ V is a sleek and durable (dust proof and water resistant!) LTE smartphone featuring a 4.3” HD Reality Display, 13MP fast capture camera, and is PlayStation® certified. Finally, the Xperia™ J combines the eye-catching design with a large, 4.0” FWVGA screen, a 5 MP AF camera, and social media updates with illumination.

Read on to learn more about Xperia™ T, as well as Xperia™ V and Xperia™ J!

General features of the new Xperia™ smartphones series – One-touch connectivity, Small Apps functionality, dual browsers, Smart Connect
The Xperia™ T, Xperia™ V and Xperia™ J smartphones are all based on the award-winning “arc” design that combines a slim form factor with an emphasis on the display for excellent viewing, and an ergonomically curved back for a super comfortable grip. These smartphones also connect you to Sony’s media app and entertainment services, including the WALKMAN®, PlayMemories Online, Sony Entertainment Network1, and Music Unlimited.

Xperia™ T and Xperia™ V incorporate One-touch connectivity – one simple pairing step for sharing content wireless across smartphones and other NFC-enabled devices including the new Sony SRS-BTV5 and SRS-BTM8 speakers. (For more info on NFC, read our NFC blog post.) Also included are Small Apps, which are small apps that run on top of other applications and add smart solutions for daily routines requiring multi-tasking, like extended widgets. An example is the Small App called Mini Remote, which controls the volume with a small remote widget on your phone when playing music (at the same time as you might be surfing the web).

Dual browsers are supported on all three phones, allowing you the choice of using the native browser or Google’s Chrome browser. Also with the native browser, WebGL 1.0 is supported, allowing the use of interactive 3D graphics inside the browser without the use of plug-ins. For developers, this means you can create in-browser games or HTML5- based web apps. (Read our previous blog post on WebGL support in Xperia phones.)

Finally, these Xperia™ smartphones are the first to use Smart Connect, formerly LiveWare™ Manager. This application makes your mobile accessories, such as headsets or speakers, connect easily to your Android™ phone. Stay tuned to Developer World for an upcoming blog post explaining more about the new features in Smart Connect.

We’ve laid out some of the extensive specs for each phone below, along with some extra details:

Xperia™ T brings outstanding performance
Xperia™ T, comes with Qualcomm’s MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC (system on chip), which has two Krait (the successor to Qualcomm’s Scorpion) cores running at up to 1.5 GHz. The Snapdragon S4 class of processors is the first mobile processor to be manufactured using the latest 28nm process technology that provides advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption, and size reduction.  It comes with Android 4.0 (ICS), It has One-touch connectivity enabled by NFC (Near Field Communication) for easy pairing between NFC devices. And yeah… a variant of the Xperia™ T, the Xperia™ TL, will feature as James Bond’s smartphone in the upcoming cinema release Skyfall.

Xperia T

Xperia T.

The MSM8960 incorporates the Adreno 225 GPU, delivering 50% more processing power than its predecessor, resulting in better graphics performance at higher display resolutions. Adreno 225 is a fully programmable OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU with a Unified Shader Architecture (USA), this maximises the processing power of the GPU by offering flexible vertex and shader processing. The APIs supported by Adreno 225 include OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenGL ES 2.0, and DX9.3. To learn about OpenGL ES, read our previous blog post on 3D for Android.

Xperia™ V brings LTE, NFC, and dust & water resistance
Xperia™ V shares many of the same great features with Xperia™ T – Sony’s best HD experiences, easy connectivity with One-touch sharing enabled by NFC, and award-winning arc design. In addition, Xperia™ V incorporates Sony’s unique technologies:

  • Mobile BRAVIA® Engine2 is an evolution of Mobile BRAVIA Engine delivering an ever better viewing experience by adding a new real-time contrast optimisation and improving sharpness enhancement on top of high quality colour management and noise reduction.
  • ClearAudio+ mode, developed with Sony’s own signal processing technologies, allows users to effortlessly enjoy audio quality that may have been stripped away by music compression. ClearAudio+ mode incorporates a variety of Sony’s sound technologies, but with one simple operation, users can easily enjoy Sony recommended sound in ultimate clarity and presence, across the entire spectrum of sound.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology is an imaging technology used in Sony Cyber-shot® Digital Cameras that lets users capture clear photos even against strong backlight. With HDR, the camera quickly captures the image twice with different exposure levels and layers it together to create one optimised photo. HDR is automatically activated when Superior Auto detects scenes with strong backlight.
  • Superior Auto is technology used in Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras that intelligently detects scenes (up to nine scenes), sets most optimal settings for still image, and applies best image processing including layered technology (up to four photos), making it easy to get the best shot even in a dark or backlight scene.
Xperia V

Xperia V.

Xperia™ V also comes enabled with LTE – supporting LTE Band I, Band III, Band V, Band VII and Band XX – for the fastest download speeds (in markets where the technology is available). Finally, this smartphone offers the highest levels of dust and water resistance in a smartphone (IP55/57+), ensuring protection from the effects of immersion up to 1m for 30 minutes.

Note: The phone is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP55 or IP57 classification range.

Xperia™ J – stylish and affordable, with standout screen size
Xperia™ J has the same arc design as Xperia™ T and Xperia™ V, but with specifications that make it accessible for consumers who want to combine great style with affordability. It boasts a large 4.0” SWVGA display on Gorilla glass, making it scratch-resistant. In addition, the slim Xperia™ J also provides social media updates with illumination, a 5MP camera and a front chat camera.

Xperia J

Xperia J.

Get the hard facts for Xperia™ T, Xperia™ V and Xperia™ J

Xperia™ T features:
Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch.1.5 GHz Qualcomm Krait MSM8260-A Dual Core Processor.Adreno 225 GPU.UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I).GSM EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900.1 GB RAM.Up to 16 GB flash memory.2Memory card slot: microSD™, up to 32 GB.Capacitive touch screen with multi-touch gesture (up to 4 fingers supported).4.6” Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® engine.Sony Exmor R™.xLOUD Experience13 MP fast capture camera.

16x digital zoom.

1080p HD video recording.

720p HD video chat camera.

Accelerometer.

Proximity sensor.

Ambient light sensor.5

Magnetometer.

Gyroscope.

Bluetooth™.

aGPS.

GLONASS.

HDMI via MHL support.

Plan to support Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ Screen Mirroring.

One-touch functionality enabled by NFC.

Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality.

PlayStation® Certified.

DLNA Certified®.

PlayNow™ service.1

TrackID™ music recognition.1

“WALKMAN” application.

Xperia™ with Facebook.

Sony Entertainment Network.1

Media Go™.1

 

Xperia™ V features:
Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch.1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual Core Processor.Adreno 225.UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I).GSM EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900.LTE Band I, Band III, Band V, Band VII, Band XX.1 GB RAM.Up to 8 GB eMMC flash memory.3Micro SIM.Memory card slot: MicroSD™ card up to 32 GBCapacitive touch screen with multi-touch gesture (up to 10 fingers supported).4.3” Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2.ClearAudio+ sound.HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging.

Superior Auto scene capture.

Sony Exmor R™.

xLOUD Experience.

 

13 MP fast capture camera.

16x digital zoom.

1080p HD video recording.

3D album.

3D games.

Accelerometer.

Proximity sensor.

Ambient light sensor.5

Magnetometer.

Gyroscope.

 

Bluetooth™ 4.0.

aGPS.

GLONASS.

HDMI via MHL support.

One-touch functionality enabled by NFC.

Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality.

 

IP55 and IP57 certification.

PlayStation® Certified.

DLNA Certified®.

PlayNow™ service.1

TrackID™ music recognition.1

“WALKMAN” application.

Xperia™ with Facebook.

Sony Entertainment Network.1

Media Go™.1

 

Xperia™ J features:
Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Processor.UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) (ST26i).UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) (ST26a).GSM EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900.512 MB RAM.Up to 4 GB flash memory.4Memory card slot: microSD™, up to 32 GB.Capacitive touch screen with multi-touch gesture (up to 2 fingers supported).4” display with scratch-resistant Gorilla glass.xLOUD Experience. 5 MP AF camera.

4x digital zoom.

3D games.

Accelerometer.

Proximity sensor.

Magnetometer.

 

Bluetooth™.

aGPS.

Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality.

 

DLNA Certified®.

PlayNow™ service.1

TrackID™ music recognition.1

“WALKMAN” application.

Xperia™ with Facebook.

Sony Entertainment Network.1

PlayMemories Online.1

Media Go™.1

 

Develop Xperia™ games, apps and custom app extensions
A wide range of SDKs and developer tools are available in conjunction with using Xperia™ T, Xperia™ V, or Xperia™ J. With the Sony add-on SDK, you can create apps for Smart Extras™ accessories (SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro). You can also create extensions that enhance the capabilities of Timescape™ and Music player, signature apps in every Xperia™ smartphone, by using our Sony add-on SDK. For developer help on Xperia™ smartphones, post your questions on external developer forums where we are active.

Availability and colours
Xperia™ T will launch globally over the next few weeks. Xperia™ V and Xperia™ J will launch globally in calendar Q4 2012. For Xperia™ T, the available colours are black, white, and silver. For Xperia™ V, the available colours are black, pink, and white. For Xperia™ J, the available colours are black, gold, pink and white.

More information

1. This service is not available in all markets.
2.  Memory comprises approximate 2.5 GB of firmware, 2 GB of “Phone memory” for downloaded applications, and 10.8 GB of “Internal storage” for music, pictures, movies and some application data.
3.  Memory comprises 1.2 GB of firmware, 2 GB of “Phone memory” for downloaded applications, and about 3.7 GB of “Internal storage” for music, pictures and movies, and some application data.
4.  Memory comprises 650 MB of firmware (using 1.3 GB physical memory to secure against memory errors), 766 MB of “Phone memory” for downloaded applications, and around 2 GB of “Internal storage” for music, pictures and movies, and some application data.
5.  There is no API for the light sensor. 

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  1. By Alessio Saini

    #1

    Dear all,
    our company adopt your Xperia J (we have about 70 devices) as business phone and we have a problem since we migrated our mail system on Google App for Business, since we migrate we are not able to lookup on the business directory a colleague contact from the embedded app “Contacts”. We contact Google support but we found out that issue is related only to this kind of mobile phone, from other device like Galaxy S3 it’s working properly.
    On Xperia J, whit the Google support, we have try to install other apps form Google Play Store who can lookup on the business directory a colleague contact but on this phone no one works.
    There is a strange fact, gmail application by entering the name of a colleague in the field “To:” and he/she isn’t in the contact list of the phone it appears like the phone in this case doing a remote lookup in the business directories.
    Any ideas about the resolution of my problem? If someone want can contact me directly at asaini [at] atlantic-technologies.com
    Regards,
    Alessio

    • By Joe Padre

      #2

      Hi Alessio,
      Thanks for letting us know about the mail issue. We will get someone to look into this right away.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  2. By velmurugan R

    #4

    I am velmurugan i bought Xperia J .in this 720p video is not playing. i like to know whether 720p video will play in the updated jelly bean version.
    according to me if you give the updated jelly bean version with the option of playing 720p video, that will be very satisfactory for me and also for the SONY customer

    • By Joe Padre

      #5

      Hi Velmurugan,
      Please check with Xperia Care regarding your Xperia J issue.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  3. By Nivil Johnson

    #6

    when will sony xperia v will release in india??

    when will sony xperia acro s will release in india??

    when will sony xperia t will release in india??

    plz tell me plssss

  4. By Cha Hye Ri

    #7

    When this smart phone will released in indonesia??
    im wait^^

  5. By Karthik Venkatesan

    #8

    Will Xperia V be released in India ?????
    If yes when will it be released and what would be its price ?????
    Someone plsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss let me know :-(

  6. By Bob Held

    #9

    Two things …

    1) Sony needs to keep wrist strap attachment support on their phones.

    2) Bluetooth AVRCP v1.0 is ancient! v1.3 is standard. This is needed to get artist, track info to display on Sony Bluetooth capable car stereo units. iDevices do this just fine … let’s catch up on this!

    Thanks!

  7. By Emil Andonov

    #11

    Hello,
    first let me say, that I am a fan and I see a good development in the last months with potential of becoming a big player again in future.
    Thanks for the IFA 2012 presentation of the new smartphones. I wanted to give you some feedback from Germany with the hope of an advancement in coming products.
    The products Xperia T and V are dualcore but the prices for this phones are in the range of expensive phones with quadcore. That ist some kind of discrepancy. In Germany most customers prefer quadcore products, if they pay over 500 € for a product.
    The Sony Xperia J is a very nice product in the middle price segment. It will compete with a lot of products, but in the same moment most users buy phones from this segment (200-300 €). So the success of the Xperia J ist also very important for Sony. Xperia J is my favourite in this price segment, but I am very unhappy with some specifications: Why is video recording just VGA? I don’t understand that, because the much cheaper product neo L with a 5MP camera can record videos 720p!
    In Germany the Sony smartphones are favored because of the very very good cameras …. but the front cameras of Xperia J and V is just VGA? VGA is something from the past and should stay there … and we know that you save just 2 or 3 $ using VGA instead of 720p. That is something that you will see in the sales volume.
    Last let me say that you have to reduce the phone size. What I mean is that there is too much space on the top and the bottom of the phone next to the end of the display. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4,8″ display is 136 mm long and just 8,6mm thin. You reach this length nearly with your 4,3″ and your 4,6″ phones and exceed the thickness.
    We wait for your coming evolution.
    Kind Regards

    • By Venkatesh Balasubramanyam

      #12

      Hi Andonov..,

      that was very much informative.. n good observation n sujjestion.
      And even i am planning to go for Xperia V

      The VGA camera on front its mostly for video calling n that should be made with a purpose. i mean bandwidth required to make a video call.. still may be their might be a purpose behind the design…

      regards
      venkatesh..

  8. By ndok asin

    #13

    Hi.. Joe

    When will xperia V come out? and will it come out in indonesia ??

  9. By Asaph Verner

    #14

    Just double checking, the Xperia V doesn’t have a dedicated camera button? Which would mean you can take a picture from standby in under 2 seconds like all their other phones?

  10. By Saurabh Rai

    #15

    Hi,

    Just wanted to know one thing. Why is sony overpricing its present phones? I am in india. Here xperia mini pro retails for Rs.11000 and live with walkman for Rs.12500 and Xperia mini for Rs.9800. And then I see Xperia Miro being launched with lesser specs than above phones and price of Rs.14500. All of them now have ICS. Strange pricing theory. Also another is that Sony Xperia J, since it shall be launched in last quarter of 2012 so will be ICS out of box and can be sure of recieving JB. But the above phones with same processor and better GPU (we know) wouldn’t get JB. (Though I appreciate that sony gave us ICS). And the reason generally stated shall be “They cannot support”

    • By Saurabh Rai

      #16

      If its just due to a large screen and the price remains above Rs.15000 then I think it would be better to stick with the 2011 family. Since Adreno 205 gpu is better than Adreno 200 advanced and obviously shall provide a much smoother experience on smaller screen since less pixels.

  11. By vyshak k

    #17

    when x Peria j releasing in India???????

  12. By Ali Drakhshani

    #18

    hi;I love sony but i have a problem whit it ;
    Why the sony doesn’t improve the TIMESCAPE UI ?excuse me but user interfaces of the other companies are more beautiful than TIMESCAPE UI . Please think about it ,it’s very important for buyers .

    Thanks very much

  13. By Abhi Aby

    #19

    Hello joe,

    I want to know that does Xperia V have Krait processor and Adreno 225 or not ?

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