Sony Xperia U

Verge Review

The Xperia U is the final piece of Sony’s NXT series puzzle. In March came the flagship Xperia S, a good device that shipped with outdated software. It’s only just been updated to Android 4.0. Our verdict? It’s not thinner, faster, stronger, or in any other way better than the pack. Next up was the Xperia P, a mid-range device that really impressed, but was difficult to recommend running Android 2.3. Now the Xperia U is here, presenting itself as an entry-level option for those looking for...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.47 inches
Weight 0.24 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 3.5 inches
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.3

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 4.41 inches
Width 2.13 inches
Thickness 0.47 inches
Weight 0.24 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color White, Black

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 3.5 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 854 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 280

Connectivity

GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850, 1800
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Processor

Brand / family NovaThor
Model U8500
Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores 2

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 8 GB
External Yes

Front Camera

Resolution 0.3 megapixels
Video resolution VGA

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p

Software

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.3

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Battery

Capacity 1320 mAh

Benchmarks

Quadrant 2466
Vellamo 1090
GLBenchmark 720p 20 FPS
GLBenchmark 1080p 10 FPS
AnTuTu 5430

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6.5

Average User Review

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  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 5
  • Software 4
  • Battery life 10
  • Ecosystem 7

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by baobab (Currently owns)

    The Sony Xperia U is really the best budget smartphone on the market. With a decent dual core processor and (now) Ice Cream Sandwich, this phone can be used for a quite heavy daily usage, thanks also to the long lasting battery.
    I never had many problems of lag, and I could use it as if it was and android flagship: taking photos with a quite good camera, receiving calls and using gMaps or the google navigator.
    My only complaint is with RAM: with only 512mb the multitasking experience is frustrating.
    Now that there is a decent port of CyanogenMod 9, I'd recommend it to everyone (from my sister to a geek friend) who is looking for a budget phone -out of contract, of course.

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  • 5.0
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    Reviewed by Alexander Barlow (Currently owns)

    The XPERIA U is the entry level to the XPERIA NXT range, and it shows, it's a little chunky, and a little laggy to the end user, it's not the best interface made by Sony Ericsson, but I guess anythings an improvement on the Symbian-like OS they used to run! it's a great phone probably for the over 40's :) without being rude, the majority of XPERIA P&U's go to older people in my experience :)

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