Friday, May 25, 2012

The Sony Xperia P is now available in the Philippines

The Sony Xperia P is now available in the Philippines. It has a suggested retail price of Php22,990, but can be had for as low as Php20.500 with an official warranty. While Sony high end Xperia S does not compare well with HTC's and Samsung latest and greatest, and the lower end Xperia U's 4 GB non-expandable storage will be a deal breaker for many, the Xperia P looks really good against its competition. 

Quick specifications:

  • Android 2.3, with a announced upgrade to Android 4.0
  • 4-inch, 540 x 960 LCD display with WhiteMagic Technology, scratch resistant glass
  • 16 GB storage (but only 13 GB available to the user), non-expandable
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Dual core 1 GHz processor, DB8500 graphical processing unit
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 1080p video
  • HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
  • 1305 mAh battery
  • Php22,990 suggested retail price

It goes head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance, which will cost you 2K less. Both phones have Android 2.3, Gingerbread, out of the box. We expect both to get Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwhich updates soon. Android 4.0 seems to need 1 GB or RAM to run optimally, which the Xperia P has, and the Galaxy Advance does not (it comes with 768 MB). It has to compete with last years HTC Sensation, which again only has 768 MB of RAM. It real competition is the Samsung Galaxy S II which cost 3K more. Overall, the Galaxy S II cost more, but is the better device.

The only worrisome thing about this offering is the non-user replaceable battery (which is becoming common these days) and the small 1305 mAh battery. The WhiteMagic Technology of the display is supposed to save battery life, so we will wait for GSMArena's battery life tests and see how it does.

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