Sony's Xperia P is anything to go by, the kid will be alright. Sitting in between the high-end Xperia S and the smaller Xperia U, the P plays the middle ground well, keeping the interesting styling of its big brother while incorporating a more pocketable form factor (and hopefully, a more palatable price). Check out our hands-on photos and impressions of from Barcelona below.
Tagged: MWC 2012
Sony Xperia U is finally official. This cute little guy is the "baby bear" to the Xperia S and the newly unveiled Xperia P, sitting at the bottom of the line but featuring surprisingly good hardware and styling, including a color-shifting translucent navigation area. After Sony's press conference we hung around to try out the small wonder and came away with some pics just for you. Is the Sony Xperia U "just right"? Decide for yourself below:
Samsung Galaxy Beam - you've got to see it with your won eyes to do it justice. And while we can't personally fly you to Barcelona for the debut of Samsung's Android smartphone-pico projector mash up, we can do the next best thing and give you some live impressions of the device. Samsung was nice enough to show off the Galaxy Beam - under some pretty ideal conditions, of course - and we were on-hand to check it out. First of all, the Galaxy Beam doesn't pull any punches when it comes to its integrated projector - the little phone's add-on is surprisingly bright and feature-packed. 15 lumens isn't anywhere near what you'd get with a dedicated machine, of course, but it's more than impressive from a device that's not much bigger than a standard smartphone. Point the Beam towards a flat surface - preferably one that's dark and neutrally colored - and you get a display that's big at up to 50 inches, but not overly sharp at 640x480 pixels. A manual adjustment ring helps to quickly focus the image. Samsung claims that the lamp on the inside will last a full 20,000 hours, i.e., much longer than the two-year life of your contract. But as cool a feature as the projector is, you'll have to settle for a decidedly mid-range phone elsewhere. 4.0-inch LCD screen, Gingerbread, 1Ghz dual-core processor and a yellow-on-black color scheme - all are decidedly under the high standards of most Android enthusiasts. On the plus side, the rubberized backing should keep the projector safe ,and the 2000mAh battery should keep it running for few hours at least. Though there's no mention of a time or date, Samsung assures us it'll be ready with a bevvy of accessories for the Galaxy Beam, most notably a portable stand. They also told us that an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is already in the works. Remember to check our Mobile World Congress portal for the skinny on all the new hardware. [gallery]
keep the little Xperia U company. Previously known as the "Nypon", the Xperia P fits nicely in between the high-end S and the new U to fill out the first trio of devices announced since Sony's absorption of Sony Ericsson. Sony just announced the phone during its Mobile World Congress press conference, so details are a little light, but it looks like it's running a screen somewhere in the 3.7-4.0 inch range.