Sony shows off "own brand" smartphones

Sony has used CES to show off its four new Xperia smartphones – Xperia S (pictured), Xperia ion, Xperia NX and Xperia acro HD.

The Xperia S is the first smartphone from the new Xperia NXT series. The NXT stands for next generation which shows you how extra words and vowels can really stuff up the meaning. We always thought that NXT was something to do with Lego, or wrestling.

As you would expect the new Xperia S is Android based and has a 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom and, and has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

The Xperia S has near field communication (NFC) enabled which means that the great unwashed can share content with each other and pay for stuff with their phones.

The phone has 4.3 inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine with HD resolution screen (1280 x 720). There is also 32GB of internal flash storage space. It should be in the shops by the first quarter of 2012, Sony said, but will not be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) until the second quarter.

The Xperia ion is the first LTE smartphone from Sony, but it will only see the light of day in the US in the second quarter. It has a 4.6-inch HD display (1280 X 720 pixels). It’s also powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The phone offers 16GB internal flash storage and a 2 megapixel camera.

The two other two smartphones are the Xperia NX and Xperia acro HD, which will only be available in the Japanese market. They include things like an infrared port data exchange, mobile wallet and mobile TV which the Japanese love.