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Sony Xperia S (LT26i) Review & Specs

Sony Xperia S is a good quality phone launched some years ago, in 2012, packed with a medium 4.3-inches display, a fast 1.5 gigahertz Dual-Core processor, and two cameras, a 12.1 mega-pixels back facing camera and a 1.3 mega-pixels front side camera. But it’s time to get into a bit more detail.

This phone is offerred in 2 different colors, black and white. This cellphone’s thickness , 0.42 inches, is quite far from nowadays standards, but it still feels quite comfortable in the user’s hand. This time, it seems like Sony didn’t care so much about the weight in this 5.08 oz cellphone.

The Sony Xperia S is equipped with a great performance Dual-Core processor running at 1.5 GHz, bundled in the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260 system chip and 1 GB RAM. Graphic intensive games and applications usually eats lots of CPU time, so it uses an additional Adreno 220 GPU working at 266 megahertz to help the CPU with those tasks. A good point of the Sony Xperia S is its 32 GB inmense internal storage memory and while it doesn’t count with a slot for an SD memory card, it it is more than enough to install hundreds of applications and even the largest games currently available without even thinking about filling it.

Sony packed the Sony Xperia S with an amazing 4.3″ screen, and a resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD), which makes everything look completely perfect. This screen uses TFT capacitive technology, and can detect multi touch gestures.

This cellphone provides WiFi connection (and it can provide it to other devices as a mobile hotspot) or the fastest 3G data connection, over HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS and EDGE technologies. This cellphone uses a Micro SIM card for GSM services.

The Sony Xperia S is equipped with two cameras, a 12.1 megapixels back facing camera and a 1.3 megapixels front-facing camera. It is capable of capturing videos in Full HD 1920×1080 at 29 frames per second. This phone also has a couple of good characteristics: flash, digital image stabilization, auto-focus and face detection shooting.

This cellphone also comes with some interesting features like Bluetooth (2.1, EDR), GPS (Global Positioning System) and NFC, and multiple sensors like Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass.

The Sony Xperia S uses a 1750 mAh medium sized Li-Polymer battery, which isn’t very promising for a consuming device like this. According to Sony, the Sony Xperia S has an estimated talk time of 7.5 hours and a stand by time of 450 hours.

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Device Type:Phone
Operating System (OS):Android 4.1, 4.0.4, 2.3.7, 2.3.5
Also Known As:Sony Ericsson Nozomi, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD
Product code:LT26i
Dimensions:5.04 x 2.52 x 0.42 inches
Weight:5.08 ounces
Colors:Black and White
Scratch Resistant Glass:Yes
Release date:2012-01-10


Screen Type:TFT (16M colors)
Size:4.3 inches
Resolution:720 x 1280 pixels (HD)
Pixel density:342 pixels per inch
Touch screen:Capacitive, Multi-touch


Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
Processor:Dual-Core 1500 MHz
RAM Memory:1 GB
Graphics Processor:Adreno 220 (266 MHz)
Internal Memory:32 GB
SD Card Slot:No SD card slot


Battery type:Li-Polymer
Capacity:1750 mAh
Stand-by Time:450 hours
Talk Time:7.5 hours


Back camera:12.1 megapixels
Front camera:1.3 megapixels
Max video resolution:1920 x 1080 (29 fps) (Full HD)
Camera features:Auto-Focus, Digital Image Stabilization and Face Detection Shooting


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Micro SIM
GSM Bands:850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS Bands:850, 900, 1900, 2100

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 2.1, EDR
NFC (Near Field Communication):Yes
Sensors:Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor

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