Correction: It's $30 on a 2 year.
The Sony Xperia U is now available for $30 on select 2 year contracts. It's got removable caps (the bottom part of the phone). In the box are black and pink ones. AFAIK it's the first device from a Canadian carrier that's powered by Ericsson's Nova Thor U8500 processor. It packs dual cores and runs at 1Ghz. Other specs include a 3.5" 854x480 display, 512MB RAM, 8GB Storage that's NOT expandable, 5mp camera.
It ships with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) with an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade later.
What do you think? It's smaller screen should make it very easy to use but at the same time the 8GB of non expandable storage is a bit disappointing.
Sony Mobile Communications brings the Xperia U to Canadians
The Sony-powered smartphone that’s all about you
- Unique transparent element changes colour to match your music cover art or photos
- Integrates Sony technology and premium entertainment with access to the Music Unlimited service and Sony Entertainment Network
- Advanced camera features ensure you’ll never miss that special moment
June 5, 2012, Toronto, ON– Sony Mobile Communications today announced the Xperia™ U is now available to music-loving Canadians looking to express their personal style with a powerful and compact smartphone.
Available for $30 on select 3-year Fido Agreements, the Xperia U is a smartphone designed to reflect a consumer’s unique personality. At the base of the Xperia U is a transparent element that illuminates depending on the colour theme you have chosen. By clicking on the gallery application the transparent element will change to match the colour of photos viewed in the gallery or the cover art of music tracks playing on the smartphone. The Xperia U can also be customized with exchangeable caps and themes to reflect consumers’ style and mood.
Music where you want it
Being able to listen to your favourite music anywhere and connect to premium entertainment is a key part of the Xperia U experience. Out of the box, users can listen to millions of songs** through Sony Entertainment Network’s Music Unlimited service, or watch their favourite Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows with the Video Unlimited* service. Users can try the Music Unlimited service free for 30 days with the premium service.
With xLOUD™ and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, music lovers can enjoy their own tunes in crisp quality and enhanced sound. They can also easily stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speakers using DLNA™.
“The Xperia U is designed to uniquely express the interests and style of individual consumers,” said Peter Farmer, VP Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications. “It is an affordable option for the music-lover who wants a stylish smartphone that delivers great entertainment on-the-go.”
Sony entertainment and power in a compact design
Browse the Internet, stream the latest videos or run the coolest apps with the Xperia U’s powerful 1 GHz dual-core processor**. Photograph every sunset, wave or dive with the Xperia U’s five megapixel camera. Fast capture, a unique feature that takes the camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press, ensures users will be ready to shoot all the action as it happens.
Key features for Xperia U
· 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.
· 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
· Front-facing VGA camera.
· 3.5” Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine (measured diagonally).
· Crisp and loud listening with xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology.
· Available in black with a pink exchangeable cap for the base of the smartphone in the box.
· Launches on Android™ platform 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Last edited by howard; 06-05-2012 at 11:03 AM.
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Correction: It's $30 on a 2 year.
Howard can you confirm it's 8GB? I thought it's only 4GB non-expandable which had been the deal-breaker for my wife...
It's not bad for a 2Y contract. The whole teeny tiny memory thing kinda bugs me though.
does it have 4.0 yet?
I played around with it today since my friend's phone is getting repaired so she borrowed this one from work... and I must say, I was impressed. The size of the phone is pretty small, which wasn't ideal for me (used to my Galaxy Nexus), but it runs very well. Not a bad phone at all!
Howard / Any other Genie,
Will the Unlocked Fido Xperia U work with Mobilicity ?
Last edited by BEKX065; 07-12-2012 at 06:36 PM. Reason: Grammar Mistake
No, the Sony XPERIA U (ST25a) DOES NOT support 3G service in the UMTS Band IV (AWS) that Mobilicity, WIND and Videotron are using.
Any Comments or experiences on the "Xperia u" I should know before buying? I know about the terrible camera, for me thats not an issue.
I have about $250 fido dollars to use and I am looking at choosing this $300 price range smartphone.
I have no idea whether it is a Good Phone or not. I have not opened the Box as yet. When I came to know that, it does not work with Mobilicity, that took my all interests away from the Phone.
From all postings/news I read in Internet, the Phone is much more better than it's rivals, but it does matter to me.
well thanks for that useless bit of information from outside the box