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IFA 2012: Sony Mobile announces Xperia T, V & J smartphones, HTC unveils Desire X

After Samsung, it was Sony Mobile Communications' turn to launch a number of smart devices at IFA 2012, an ongoing consumer electronics show held in Berlin. The company has announced three new Xperia devices, including Xperia T (among others), a smartphone that is going to be used in the upcoming James Bond flickSkyfall. HTC has also unveiled a mid-budget smartphone called Desire X. Here's a look at the devices.

Sony Xperia T

James Bond fans, rejoice. You will be able to own a smartphone used by your favourite spy in an upcoming movie (or so the company claims).

The smartphone has a 4.55 inch scratch-resistant LCD HD capacitive touchscreen display (720×1280 pixel resolution) and runs on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (upgradable to Jelly bean) with Timescape user interface. The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Krait MSM8260-A dual core processor and has 1 GB of RAM. It comes with 16 GB of internal storage, expandable by 32 GB with the help of a microSD card.

On the camera front, the device has a giant 13 mega pixel auto-focus rear camera (with 16x digital zoom) with LED flash that can record full high-definition videos (1080p) at 30 frames per second and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera that can also record HD videos (720p) at 30 fps. On the connectivity front, the device comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi Hotspot) and 3G, and it also has a microUSB port and a microSD card slot.

The device measures 129.4 mm x 67.3 mm x 9.4 mm and weighs 139 gm. It has a 1,850 mAh battery that the company claims will provide 7 hours of talk time and 450 hours of standby time. The device comes with a suite of pre-loaded Google apps, A-GPS and Near Field Communication (NFC). It will be available in black, white and silver colours.

Xperia V

The smartphone has a 4.3 inch scratch-resistant TFT HD capacitive touchscreen display (720×1280 pixel resolution) and runs on the Android 4.0 ICS OS (again upgradable to Jelly bean) with Timescape UI. The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 dual core processor and has 1 GB of RAM. It comes with 8 GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32 GB with a microSD card. The company also claims that the smartphone is dust-proof and water-resistant.

Like Xperia T, it features a 13 MP auto-focus rear camera (with Exmor R for mobile image sensor) with LED flash that can record full high-definition videos (1080p) at 30 frames per second and a front-facing VGA camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, the device comes with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 3G, and it also has a microUSB port and a microSD card slot.

The device measures 129 mm x 65 mm x 10.7 mm and weighs 120 gm. It has a 1,750 mAh battery that the company claims will provide 7 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby time. It will also come with a suite of Google apps, A-GPS and NFC. This smartphone comes in black, white and pink.

Xperia J

The smallest of the three in terms of screen size, Xperia J has a 4 inch TFT scratch-resistant capacitive touchscreen display (450×854 pixel resolution) and runs on the Android ICS OS with Timescape UI. The device is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor and has 512 MB of RAM. It comes with 4 GB of internal storage, expandable by 32 GB with a microSD card.

This one sports a 5 MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash that can record videos and a front-facing VGA camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, the device has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G, and it also has a microUSB port and a microSD card slot.

The device measures 124.3 mm x 61.2 mm x 9.2 mm and weighs 124 gm. It has a 1,750 mAh battery that the company claims will provide up to 7 hours of talk time and 618 hours of standby time. The smartphone will have A-GPS and stereo FM with RDS, and will be available in black, white, pink and gold colours.

All three smartphones shipped until the end of the year, will come with a free 60-day trial of Sony Entertainment Network's Cloud-based digital streaming music service Music Unlimited (subject to availability in the region), providing users with access to millions of tracks.

Although exact pricing and launch dates are not yet available, Xperia T will be launched globally over the next few weeks while Xperia V and Xperia J will have a global launch later in the year. Looking at the specifications of the devices, the prices would probably be under Rs 18,000 for Xperia J, Rs 15,000-Rs 25,000 for Xperia V and upwards of Rs 30,000 for Xperia T (but that's just our guess). While V and J are targeted at the mid-segment, Xperia T will compete with the big guys like Galaxy S III (Rs 35,900) and Apple's iPhone 4S (Rs 41,990) and the upcoming iPhone, among others.

HTC Desire X

This smartphone has a 4 inch Super LCD capacitive touchscreen display (480×800 pixel resolution) and runs on the Android 4.0 ICS OS (with HTC Sense). It is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor and has 768 MB of RAM. It comes with 4 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

The new device has a 5 mega pixel auto-focus rear camera with LED flash that can record videos but no secondary camera. On the connectivity front, the device comes with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 3G, and it also has a microUSB port and a microSD card slot.

The device measures 118.5 mm x 62.3 mm x 9.3 mm and weighs 114 gm. It has a 1,650 mAh battery that the company claims will offer 20 hours of talk time and 750 hours of standby time. Additionally, it also has built-in Beats Audio for better sound, GPS and 25 GB of free Cloud storage (with Dropbox).

The price and launch date are not yet available, but from next month, it will be available in selected markets across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific. Considering its specifications, it should cost under Rs 20,000 in India.

Keep track of this space for more on IFA 2012.

(Edited by Sanghamitra Mandal)

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