Sony’s first smartphone solely under its own brand – the Xperia S – will be available from free on contract on all Irish operators from 9 March.
The smartphone will initially run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter of 2012.
The Xperia S is equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 12-megapixel camera which takes photos within 1.5 seconds from standby.
It offers a 4.3 HD (1,280 x 720) screen with Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA engine and is NFC-enabled, which can be used for mobile payments.
With NFC, the Xperia S can also scan Xperia SmartTags. These tags launch profiles on the phone once the device is touched off the tag. It can be potentially used for a variety of functions, such as activating an alarm clock when a phone is touched against it.
The Xperia S also has a HDMI port to connect the phone to a HD TV and can share its data wirelessly with one touch. It’s also PlayStation Certified, offering PlayStation gaming capabilities.