There isn’t anything overly special about the device at first glance. 4.3-inch has been done before, 1.5GHz dual-core is in many other devices. NFC is cool but not a game changer. Gingerbread 2.3, over played, ICS is promised for the new device but I never hold my breath. There are only three things that will keep this device in my mind and desirable.
- A 12 MP camera
- Anti-stain nano coating
- Fast-charging capability
The camera is self explanatory. After having a 5MP and an 8MP camera in my devices, a 12MP camera is obviously next on the list. Anyone that has used an Xperia device in the past knows their camera take exceptional photos. The anti-stain nano coating is something that is only starting to emerge on devices as of late. The Pantech Element has similar technology and so does the XYBOARD if I am not mistaken. Those have water repellent claims to fame, where as the Xperia S has dust/dirt claims. With one of the more unique facts being that the repellent is UV reactive. If you drop your phone in the dirt, plop it in the sun for a bit and it wipes away clean. Not sure how it is going to work or if it is any better than using a clean dry clothe, but it sounds cool.
The final and by far the most useful is the fast-charging battery. Using an advanced Lithium-polymer battery and a higher amp charger, you can literary charge the device from dead to 80% with-in 1 hour. With just a quick 10 minute charge you can expect another hour of talk time easily.
Now there is always a dark cloud that looms under the silver lining. Because of the way the battery is designed and implemented, it will not be removable. The rear panel of this super sexy looking device is still removable, granting access to technicians for repairs mostly. I am not personally a fan of built-in batteries that I can’t remove in the event of needing to hard reset my phone. At the same time, the charge time is worth me giving into that preference to own one.
The Xperia S isn’t slated for a U.S. release just yet though. It did just recently pass through the FCC sporting all the bands and radios it would need to tun on T-Mobile and AT&T. I would love to see it make its way to T-Mobile since AT&T is already getting the similar spec’d Xperia Ion.
What do you guys think of the new Xperia S? Does the form factor and additional tweaks make this a device that is high up on your list?