Sony Xperia P

Verge Review

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...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.41 inches
Weight 0.26 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4 inches
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.3.7

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 4.8 inches
Width 2.34 inches
Thickness 0.41 inches
Weight 0.26 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Silver, Red, Black

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 960 px
Resolution (X) 540 px
PPI 275
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer ST-Ericsson
Brand / family NovaThor
Model U8500
Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores 2

GPU

Manufacturer ARM
Model Mali-400 MP

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB

Front Camera

Video resolution VGA

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus

Software

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.3.7

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, Micro HDMI

Battery

Capacity 1305 mAh

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8.0

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  • Camera(s) 8
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 8
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 9

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Fakhruddin Khambaty (Currently owns)

    Looks astonishingly fabulous. Music output is top notch. Aluminium back makes it strong, yet it looks so delicate that you'll hardly take any chances and will take extra care in advance - which is worth the looks.
    OS can be upgraded to ICS. Plus the additional sony's interface is amazing. The themes are just magical.
    Call quality is normal. Internet speed is better than the other phones in this price.
    The best part is the display, its more than amazing - watch movies, or view images, or play games, this one leaves no stones unturned.
    The inbuild capacity is around 16gigs which as per me is good enough. You don't play all the games all together, once you are bored with a game uninstall and get a new one. If the garbage is collected properly, space shouldn't be an issue.
    The RAM, 1GB - again if the garbage is collected properly, even this is not an issue, my phone has never hung, nor any app had faced a slow down yet. But to get this performance I regularly stop the unwanted services and kill running processes that are not required.
    The worst part - Battery. This one part can make you dislike this wonderful device. It requires charging atleast 2 times in a day. So if you travel a lot or are away from an electric source for entire day and are a decent user with 1-2 hours calling, an hour of internet browsing with 24*7 sync on you email and chat accounts, be sure that you'll end up with a dead battery before you reach home at the end of the day. There are many ways to reduce battery consumption, but its a drop in the ocean.
    Being aware of the battery issue I yet chose this phone because the other tremendous features cannot be side lined just because of battery - I use a travel charger. The saviour is the original sony charger, it actually fuels up the phone to 100% within an hour. Hence its worth going for this phone if you don't mind shelling some extra bucks on a travel charger.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Lorre (Currently owns)

    The Xperia P has been my phone for the past 8 months now and I must say I'm very satisfied with it. To this day it's basically the best 4 inch Android phone you can buy. So if you really want a 'iPhone sized" Android, I'm sure this is your best option.

    For a mid-range handset it has an exceptionally good screen (very bright and qHD), more than adequate camera and phenomenal design and build quality (unibody aluminum and light bar ftw).

    Only two main disadvantages. First one is the lackluster ROM-support. This is mainly due to ST-Ericsson not releasing source code for their chipsets. Sony helps where they can, but it effectively means NO JB-based custom ROMs before Sony's official release (which should come about a month from now)

    The second disadvantage is the battery life. The battery in this thing is very small by today's standards, and as such it shall not last an entire day under heavy use. Under moderate use however (and since this is a mid-range device, that's the way it'll mostly be used) it will always last until bedtime with some juice to spare.

    Tl;dr: the Xperia P is the best 4 inch handset money can buy. Only real disadvantage is the small battery that will be problematic for "power-users".

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