It looks like Sony has finally decided it is time to show the public the other members of its NXT lineup, in the form of the Xperia U and the Xperia sola. If their names do not sound very familiar, it is because the U and sola are not high end devices, but instead middle market droids. Both of them follow the lines of the Xperia S in terms of design, but the Xperia sola seems to be in a class of its own. If you live in the EU, more specifically in the UK you might be amazed that the Xperia U is launching in a another part of the world, as the release schedule for the island pointed to May the 7th, But Sony has apparently changed its plans.
Both Xperia devices are meant to be Son’y offensive in the middle market with their dual core processors and similar specs. Although they are based on some older tech, the dual core processors in them should be more than capable of handling even the most demanding tasks with ease. Both devices feature the same 512 MB of RAM and the same internal storage, and not surprisingly they also share the same battery and 5 MP camera. The only thing separating these two middle class droids is the fact that the Xperia sola packs a larger 3.7 inch wide screen, while the more conservative Xperia U has gone for a 3.5 inch one. This is not much of a difference on its own, but the Xperia sola also features a nice new technology that can track your fingers from a distance.
On the software side, both the Xperia U and the Xperia sola will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, with a planned Android 4.0 ICS update supposedly arriving later on. This is a bit of a downside, but for those of you who are willing to wait a couple of months for the update it shouldn’t be such a big deal.
Hong Kong has the Xperia U priced at HK$2,498 (€246, $320). This is exactly the price that Sony has offered for European users, although it has yet released the device on the old continent. The other device, the Xperia sola is priced at the slightly higher price of HK$2,998 (€295, $383). If you fancy some next generation tech you might agree that the price difference is justified, but if not you can simply go for the less expensive Xperia U.
As far as Taiwan is concerned, Sony has priced the Xperia U at NT$9,900 (€259, $337), slightly more than the price in Honk Kong. The Xperia sola is also priced at NT$10,900 (€285, $370) in Taiwan, so if you are in for one you should start saving some money.
Another nice aspect for Taiwan Sony Xperia enthusiasts is that the Xperia P should be arriving on their doorstep sometime in May for NT$13,800 (€360, $468). The Xperia P should up the game in the top price tier of the middle range and Europeans should also expect it to arrive on their shores in the same period of time if n further delays are announced.
I am really curious to see how the middle class droids will do against the likes of the Galaxy Ace 2 and HTC One S, but it does seem like the middle class market segment is also making the move to dual core processors and heftier price tags. It will be hard for Sony to make back its name since their flagship device is still miles away in terms of performance from the current leaders: the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III.