The Xperia P is the mid-range entry in Sony's Xperia NXT series of smartphones announced at MWC earlier this year. It sits below the Xperia S and above the entry-level Xperia U. Sony's strategy with this trio of handsets invites comparisons to HTC's One Series: both aim to address the low-, mid-, and high-end of the smartphone market with devices that share a common design philosophy.

At first glance, everything is there for the Xperia P — a modern 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4-inch qHD display with some exciting new tech, and one of Sony's well-regarded Exmor R camera sensors. On paper, everything was there for the Xperia S as well, but while the One Series launched to near-universal acclaim, the Xperia S met with tepid reviews. Its Achilles' heel was shipping with Android 2.3, and the P fares no better in this department. So can the Xperia P rise to greater things? Or is it just a case of Sony miniaturizing its mistakes?