Sony Xperia S couples minimalist design with high-end features

Sony's Xperia S is simple, but pretty.
(Credit: Sony Ericsson)
LAS VEGAS--On the heels of launching its new Xpiera Ion for AT&T, Sony gave us even more when it unveiled its new Xperia S the evening before CES officially began.
Not to be confused with last year's Xperia Arc S, the Xperia S is the first smartphone in Sony's NXT (next-generation) series. And like the Ion, it drops the "Ericsson" name.
In its announcement, Sony was quick to point out the the handset offers a slim, minimalist design that includes a transparent panel at its base, a 4.3 inch "Reality" display with an HD (1280�720-pixel) resolution, and a redesigned user interface that matches the hardware.
Though launching on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Sony promises an upgrade to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) by the second quarter of this year. Otherwise, the feature set largely resembles the impressive offerings on the Xperia Ion. You'll find a 12-megapixel camera that will be able to take photos in 1.5 seconds from standby mode, a second front-facing camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the Sony Bravia Engine, 32GB of internal storage, an HDMI port, support for NFC, and PlayStation certification.
The Xperia S will be available worldwide in the first quarter of this year though Sony didn't reveal carriers or pricing. We'll add more details as they come and bring you hands-on impressions from Sony Ericsson's massive booth on the CES show floor.
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