MWC 2012: The Fruity Xperia U is Unveiled by Sony

You may have already seen the new Xperia P, launched yesterday during Sony’s Mobile World Congress press conference, well here is its sister device unveiled at the event, the Xperia U. Leaked several times under the codename Kumquat, this is Sony’s current entry-level NXT-series smartphone, but don’t take that to mean it’s lacking in features.

Sony knows it’s on to a good thing with the design of its first own-branded smartphones and has continued the same theme started with the Xperia S on to the Xperia P and the Xperia U. It looks excellent, and under the screen is the same transparent light bar, just as on the other two, and the rear panel is subtly curved to ensure a perfect fit in the palm of your hand.

The Xperia U has an emphasis on fun and style though, as the light bar illuminates to match pictures showing on the screen or the album art of whatever song is playing, plus the section below it can be swapped out for different coloured ‘caps’ to give the phone a more individual look.

The phone’s Bravia screen measures 3.5-inches and has an 854 x 480 pixel resolution, and the device is powered by the same ST-Ericsson NovaThor 1GHz dual-core processor found in the Xperia P. There’s 8GB of internal storage, plus GPS, DLNA connectivity and a potentially great-sounding speaker with 3D surround and xLoud software enhancements.

A 5 megapixel camera with a flash and 720p video recording capabilities sits on the rear of the Xperia U, and there’s a VGA video-call lens around the front. At 110 grams and 12mm thick, it’s lightweight and well-proportioned too.

Android Gingerbread will be installed on the phone, but as with the Xperia P, an update to Android 4.0 will be coming soon after launch. So when will you be able to get your hands on Sony’s cheeky new Xperia device? It’s coming during the second quarter of the year, so look out for it sometime after April.

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