Sony Xperia P review

A feature-packed mid-range Android smartphone

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Although not the most high-end handset in the current Sony Xperia range of smartphones, the Sony Xperia P is a phone that punches above its weight and continues to impress with every new turn taken and new feature used.

Closer in terms of abilities and performance to the Xperia S as opposed to the Xperia U, the Xperia P is a well-priced Android smartphone that offers considerably more bang for your buck than you can rightly expect from a device with a pay-as-you-go price tag in the region of £340 in the UK or $490 in the US.

We liked

Giving a selection of high-end handsets a serious run for their money, the Nokia Lumia 800-rivalling device plays host to a fanciful array of impressive specs that have been pulled from the flagship phones of less than a year ago.

A joy to use with a smooth, fluid user interface and familiarly welcome operating system, the Sony Xperia P is speedy, sharp and easy to navigate with the handset's 8 megapixel rear-mounted camera and 4-inch 960 x 540p display combining for brilliant entertainment abilities that is further enhanced by 16GB worth of inbuilt storage.

We disliked

While the Android operating system provides a smooth user experience, on the software front there is relatively little that separates the Sony Xperia P from many of the other iPhone and Galaxy S3-targeting devices.

Again picking weaknesses in a strong all-round performance, thanks to its plastic construction, the smartphone's aesthetically pleasing, eye-catching good looks will not remain in pristine condition for long.

Final verdict

A handset that will have owners planning for the future, the Sony Xperia P is packed with enough high-end specs to ensure it remains one of the most impressive devices within its price bracket for a long time to come, and will keep users appeased and free from handset envy for the foreseeable future.

Add to this the inbuilt NFC capabilities - a feature that is to become increasingly prominent in the near future - and the Sony Xperia P quickly marks itself out as a standout performer that is bridging the expectations and blurring the boundaries of mid and high-end handsets.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS
SAR Value0.78 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia P
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density275 ppi
Height122 mm
Width59.5 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time470 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA P
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineXperia P
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Number1262-0500
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Experience beauty. Distinctive design.

The Xperia P Android phone stands out with its distinctive, minimalistic design.

Like all phones in the Sony Xperia NXT series, it has a simple, strong design language. And Xperia P takes it one step further - the precision crafted, full aluminium unibody gives this Android phone a unique, durable and modern look.

A clear display, even in bright sunlight.

Lounging in the sun, enjoying a YouTube clip or your favourite movie?

The 4" Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine also includes Sony's unique WhiteMagic™ technology, making the colours in your favourite clips and stills look as sharp and clear as if you were inside.

WhiteMagic adds a 4th white sub-pixel - traditional LCD screens have three; red, green and blue - to the Reality Display. The result? The outstanding combination of an ultra-bright screen and great power efficiency. Power efficient because WhiteMagic automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to surrounding light - when the light is not so strong, Sony Xperia P uses less battery power.