[CES 2012] Sony is introducing the Xperia S (aka Nozomi aka Xperia HD), a 4.3” Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) smartphone that features a dual-core processor at 1.5GHz and a 1280×720 “Reality Display” with “Mobile Bravia Engine”. The “reality” term has been used by Sony in the past to name imaging components, and other brands have used it, like Silicon Graphics reality engine – which was ironically very far from displaying anything that would be remotely deemed realistic today (it was great then!). The Mobile Bravia Engine probably refers to the video processing capabilities of the device.With a 12 Megapixel camera and an Exmor R photo sensor, the Xperia seems like it would do very well, but we’ll have to try that for ourselves. Also Sony has a Fastest Capture feature that brings the user to a “ready to shoot” camera app in 1.5 seconds. This can’t hurt.
Sony being Sony, it’s only logical that the Xperia S is a PlayStation-certified device. At the moment, the game library is still relatively small, but overtime, I suspect that the PlayStation Franchise has a lot of potential on mobile, especially if PS1/PSP (and beyond) emulation are perfected. Unfortunately, the handset will not launch with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), but Sony says that it will be upgradable “in the second quarter” of 2012. The phone will come in black or white (depending on markets).