Difference between Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia P

Key difference: The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor. Sony Xperia P features a 4-inch TFT touch screen that allows up to 4-touch capabilities. The screen is scratch resistant and has a shatter proof coating. The touch screen provides approximately 275 ppi pixel density along with WhiteMagic technology, which adds an extra white pixel with the already present red, blue and green.

Sony is well-known electronics company that has made itself a popular manufacturer of smartphones. The company initially launched phones in collaboration with Ericsson, but it has parted ways with the company and has completely taken over the Xperia brand. The company announced a new line up of phones for the Xperia line-up, including Xperia S. The Xperia S was launched in February 2012 and was a high-range phone at that time, amount to approximately EUR 520.

The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density, which was the highest at the time of the phone’s release. The high density ensures that the viewers get nothing but hi-res display with clear, crisp images and absolutely no pixilation. The device is a little bulky and heavy at 144 grams. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which comes off as a little cheap looking. The phone also said to creak and make noises when pressure is put on it. The Xperia S is a bar phone, which features a clear plastic strip on the bottom side of the phone that has the Home, Back and Menu button imprints on it but don’t let the imprint fool you, the buttons are actually located on the top of the clear strip and not on the strip. The top of the device houses the power/unlock button with the 3.55mm jack. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker, an HDMI out socket and the physical camera button, while the left side has a USB charging/sync port.

The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor, making it quite fast when operational. The processor allows the user to seamless shift between screens and apps on the phone. It can also handle hi-res games, movies and multi-tasking. The device comes with Android v2.3, which is upgradeable to Android v4.0. The company has announced a 4.1 update, but release date for the update is not yet revealed. The device is available with 32 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. The device does not support MicroSD cards, which means that the user is stuck with only 32 GB storage and this also causes a problem for the user to transfer data on to the phone.

The device houses a 12.1 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera comes with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile technology and produces beautiful, colorful high-res images. The device is also capable of recording HD videos. The Xperia S also sports a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls, which is quite good compared to the other VGA and 1 MP cameras available on the other phones in the same price range. The Xperia S also comes with xLOUD Experience, clear stereo and clear bass and 3D surround sound for an amazing audio experience. The device is available with other features such as: Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC and USB On-the-go. The S has a non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, that provides 8 hours 30 min talk-time and 420 hours of standby time on 3G according to the company.

Many companies such as Sony know that not many people have that much cash on hand for disposal, hence has launched mid-range phones such as Xperia P that allows the people to experience the best of both worlds: technology and affordable pricing. The Xperia P was launched in May 2012 and continues to be a major player in the market.

Sony Xperia P features a 4-inch TFT touch screen that allows up to 4-touch capabilities. The screen is scratch resistant and has a shatter proof coating, allowing the screen to endure minor scratches and everyday scuffs without sacrificing on the quality. The touch screen provides approximately 275 ppi pixel density, though not the best ppi compared to the heavy contenders but the quality of the screen is not sacrificed. This is mostly because of the company’s WhiteMagic technology, which adds an extra white pixel with the already present red, blue and green. The extra pixel generates a higher level of brightness that does not cloud the phone when using it under direct sunlight.

The phone is a little bulky in nature, but it is easy to become accustomed to when holding it for longer periods of time. The phone is also a little heavier compared to similar phones, but again not something that lets the user forget of the other great features of the phone. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which is quite smooth to hold but is also prone to many visible scratches and chips. The device has a clear plastic border on the front that also doubles as buttons Home button, back button and Menu button. The power button, the volume rocker and the physical camera button is on the right side of the device, while the left sides hosts a variety of ports including the SIM card slot.

Under the hood, the device is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core processor and hosts the company’s Timescape UI. The user interface is quite smooth and does not glitch when shifting between the screens and the apps. The device runs on 1 GB RAM and comes with an internal storage capacity of 16 GB. Of the 16 GB, only 13 GB is available to the user and it is not expandable. The device houses an 8 MP Autofocus rear camera and a VGA (0.3 MP) front camera, which is a little bit of a letdown. The Exmor R technology ensures that the rear camera provides sharp, clear images, while the front camera does not live up to the same quality.  Though initially powered by Android v2.3, the device is now available with Android v4.0, which no status as of yet for v4.1 upgrades. The phone also comes with additional features such as Motion gaming, MobiSystems’ OfficeSuite 5, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, USB On-the-go, Native USB tethering and NFC capabilities. The Xperia P houses a non-removable 1305 mAh battery, which provides a decent battery life and lasts almost a day. With the amount of features that are offered with the phone, the price tag is expected to be quite high; however, the price is quite affordable and will not make that much of a dent in the user’s pocket.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, expertreviews.co.uk and GSMArena.com

 

Sony Xperia S

Sony Xperia P

Launch Date

February 2012

May 2012

Company

Sony

Sony

Size

128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm

122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm

Display

4.3-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

Screen

1280 x 720 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

960 x 540 pixels (~275 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

Protection

Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass

Weight

144 grams

120 grams

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

3G Network

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

4G Network

N/A

N/A

GUI

Timescape UI

Timescape UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor

1 GHz Dual core processor

GPU

Adreno 220

Adreno 205

OS

Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon

NovaThor U8500

RAM

1 GB

1GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

32 GB

16 GB (13 GB accessible to the user)

Expandable Memory

N/A

N/A

Sensors

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope

Connectivity

GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps;

GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps; Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, USB.

USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, HDMI Support, DLNA Certified, Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook, aGPS, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Bluetooth technology, Native USB tethering and NFC.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.

Speed

UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.8 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps

GSM GPRS Up to 100 kbps; GSM EDGE Up to 296 kbps; UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.6 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

USB

microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

Primary Camera

12.1 MP autofocus rear camera

8 MP 3264x2448 pixels rear camera

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, 720 pixels front camera

VGA front camera

Video

HD video recording (1080p)

HD video recording (1080p)

Camera Features

16x digital zoom, LED flash, Touchfocus, Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor, f/2.4 Aperture, 3D Sweep Panorama, Face recognition and Smile Shutter

Autofocus, LED Flash, Face detection and Smile detection, Accelerated Adobe Flash Video, 3D Sweep Panorama, Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor, 8x digital zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch-focus, Image Stabilization

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear stereo and clear bass

3D surround sound

xLOUD Experience

Clear bass and clear stereo

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis

Video supported formats

3GPP, MP4

3GPP, MP4

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 1305 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 7 hours 30 min

3G: 8 hours 30 min

2G: 6 hours

3G: 5 hours

Stand-by

2G: 450 hours

3G: 420 hours

2G: 470 hours

3G: 475 hours

Available Colors

Black, White

Black, Silver, Red

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML5, Adobe Flash

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

FM Radio with RDS

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

GPS with A-GPS support

Java

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • PlayStation® Certified
  • TV launcher
  • HDMI Support
  • DLNA Certified
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Native USB tethering, NFC, ANT+
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Screenshot capturing
  • WhiteMagic technology
  • Motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook
  • Noise Suppression
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • HDMI port
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • MobiSystems’ OfficeSuite 5

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com

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