Sony Xperia U Android Smartphone

Sony Xperia U Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines, Features, and Other Info: The Xperia U is a low-end smartphone from Sony, placing below the Xperia P and the Sony Xperia S in terms of specs. What it lacks in this area however, it makes up for its nifty 1 GHz dual core processor. It is also rather perky in terms of design and flexible, with the cap at the bottom made interchangeable so the user can fit the color to whatever his or her tastes and lifestyle. In addition, it has some snazzy colored lights illuminating the transparent strip, making the phone look all jazzed up.

Design-wise, the Sony Xperia U is covered in a plastic chassis, which in turn confers it its lightweightness. The smartphone basically lacks the premium aluminum feel of the larger Xperia P or the sleekness of the Xperia S. It has blunt edges and a slab form factor. When held on one hand, it gives off a classy although rather plasticky feel that can easily be dismissed as cheap. It doesn’t look nor feel chunky though despite not exactly being the thinnest smartphone in the market. It measures 112 x 54 x 12 mm and weighs a mere 110 grams.

As mentioned, the defining feature of the Sony Xperia U’s design is the transparent strip near the base, above the bottom cap. It pulses with colored lights depending on the part of menu or applications that the user is looking at. For example, photos from the gallery or the album art of the music on play can be matched with shades of light. The Snapple cap on the other hand makes the phone look perky and makes it look like it is wearing a mini skirt. All of these design perks, in essence, give the phone a personality. However, such jazzing up may not cater to all kinds of consumer.


The Sony Xperia U features a 3.5-inch LED backlit LCD screen, with a capacitive touchscreen functionality and 16 M colors. It has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, and an approximate density of 280 pixels per inch. The phone’s screen caters to those people who do not prefer supersized display; the Xperia U’s screen is similar in sized to that of the iPhone 4S. The multi-touch function of the screen goes up to 4 fingers. It is also covered with a scratch resistant glass, as well as imbued with Sony’s own Mobile BRAVIA Engine, the mobile version of the technology the company uses on its Bravia TV. In effect, colors look rich and vibrant. The Timescape user interface of the Sony Xperia U is pretty impressive in itself, from the phone dialer to the well-spaced keys on the virtual keyboard.

At the back of the Sony Xperia U is a 5-megapixel camera, which is the typical amount of pixels for mid-range devices. It has a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels with autofocus and an accompanying LED flash that is pretty bright for a budget phone. Other features include Geo tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, and built-in image stabilization. The camera is also able to take videos at 720 p at 30 frames per second with video lighting. At the front of the Sony Xperia U is a secondary camera with VGA format for video calls and conferencing. In addition, the smartphone comes with an onboard xLoud and 3D surround sound technology.

As mentioned, the Sony Xperia U has a 1 GHz dual core processor that is pretty much a bargain in a budget phone. It uses STE U8500 as its chipset and DB8500 as its graphics processor. The Sony Xperia U has 512 MB worth of RAM and 4 GB internal storage. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a card slot to expand its memory. The Sony Xperia U comes with Android Gingerbread but there are plans for upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich, probably during the second quarter of this year. In terms of performance, the Xperia U comes out rather impressive.

Overall, the Sony Xperia U seems like a nice deal for a budget smartphone, coming out with a nice, preppy design as well as nicely performing display and hardware. The Xperia U was first announced at the Mobile World Congress 2012 together with its brother, the Xperia P.

Sony Xperia U Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 13,500.00

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