Two days ago we covered Sony's announcement of the Xperia P and Xperia U. Both of these phones are based on ST-E's U8500 SoC, their full specs are below:

Sony Xperia Additions
Device Xperia P Xperia U
Dimensions 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm 112 x 54 x 12 mm
Mass 120 grams 110 grams
SoC 1 GHz ST-E U8500 NovaThor
OS Android 2.3 at launch, Android 4.0 Q2 2012
Camera 8 MP 5 MP
Display 4" 960 x 540 3.5” 854 x 480
Cellular Support UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
GERAN 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS 850/1900/2100 -or-
UMTS 900/2100
GERAN 850/900/1800/1900
RAM/NAND ? MB LPDDR2 / 16 GB (13 GB Available) 512 MB LPDDR2 / 8 GB (6 GB Available)

We managed to get some hands on time with the devices. The Xperia P's WhiteMagic display is apparently rated at 900 nits, making it significantly brighter than any competing smartphone we've tested. You can get a bit of an idea of the brightness of the P's display in the gallery below.

The Xperia U's LED lit transparent strip was also a neat effect that we've got some shots of. As a recap, the transparent strip on the Xperia U changes colors according to the color of the theme you select for the phone, or the color of a photo you may be viewing. There's currently no developer API access to control the color of the strip, nor do you have the ability to assign a particular color to specific contacts but here's hoping that Sony will take this feature a bit further in the future.

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  • jalexoid - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    It's UTRAN and GERAN. Or UMTS and GSM/EDGE.
    It keeps the terms in the same domain.
  • Visual - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    What are the various plugs that are seen going in the phone on the shots? One on the side, one on the top, and even something weird on the back?
  • phoenix_rizzen - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    My guess, based on 2011 Xperia phones:

    Top is the headphone jack.

    Side is the mini-HDMI jack.

    Back is the "don't steal this" cable, generally used in cell phone stores. :)
  • Nancymbsmo - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - link

    The Sony Xperia P pretty much holds up to its billing. It's attractive, well built and easy to use but doesn't necessarily do anything to set the pulse racing.

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