More is more? Or too much?

Sony’s saturation of the mobile market continues this week with the global release of the Xperia P, Xperia U and the Xperia Sola.

Having previously talked about the P and the U handsets in *this* post, I shan’t dwell too much on their details, other than the P offers 16GB of onboard storage, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a qHD screen. The U offers none of this, coming instead with a dual-core 1GHz processor and a measly 4GB onboard storage.

Early rumours about the U coming with microSD support to compensate for the miniscule onboard memory now appear to have really been just rumours as the handset doesn’t feature this facility, proving quite neatly how useless this handset is when compared to other phones in the NXT range.

Quite how Sony are expecting this handset to cope with the resource dependant ICS installation due in the summer is anyone’s guess as even the Arc S, with an overclocked processor running at 1.89GHz, has problems. Maybe it’s not really a fair example as the Arc S is single-core after all, but even so running the Arc S nearly twice as fast as the U and still encountering problems is troublesome.

The devolution continues with the Tapioca and the Tapioca Pro (name TBC). Coming with a single-core 800MHz processor it’s aimed at cheaper entry level markets and a huge step backwards in some ways. And how.

If this device launches with ICS I hope and pray it’s a slim and lite version of the OS as my 2011 Xperia Ray, with a 1GHz single-core processor, struggles to cope with ICS on a bare bones install. Other than music, there’s nothing else on the phone and it’s painfully slow at times. It looks nice, it’s good to say “I’ve got ICS on my phone” but that’s about it. All glory, no guts.

But anyways, enough of the grumbling. Onto the good stuff, of which there is plenty to talk about too.

The Sola slightly sidesteps away from the NXT design in that it does away with the notification strip, making it look more like the Ray, and brings the digital voodoo of Floating Touch.

The Ion sticks a little closer to the NXT design aesthetic and adds expandable memory. Yes! MicroSD returns and is still useful, despite being absent from the P, S and U. Latest news suggests the phone will be bundled with a 32GB card (at least that’s what’s on a pre-order in Hong Kong) which, when combined with the existing 16GB of onboard storage, makes for a LOT of available media storage. At least 5000 songs @ 192kbps. And still leaves ample room for some HD movies and photos.

Avarice towards the low end handsets aside, the Ion offers a slew of features that any phone owner would be thrilled to own. I think of it as the Xperia S Plus – and any improvement on that already masterful handset is surely only a positive!


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