Sony Xperia P 

Released February, 2012
  • Android 4.1.2
  • 3.5G
  • 4"
  • Dual core 1 GHz
Another feature accessed by the touchscreen menu key, the browser's multi-tabbed capabilities are far from the most efficient, with no visual preview offered in the simple, stoic and lifeless list of page names.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
The back has a matte aluminum finish, which is nice to the touch and fingerprint-proof.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)
6.1 Out of 10

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Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia P

At 10.5 millimeters, the smartphone is not too thick, but far from being impressively thin either, so it won't remain unnoticed while it is resting in the pocket of your jeans.

Finishing the well styled handset, the 4-inch, 16 million colour LCD display adds a vibrancy that contrasts well against the stark black body and transparent touch panel at the base of the Sony Xperia P..


8.1 Out of 10

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On the up side, Sony has done some great work in improving viewing angles - there is some noticeable contrast loss and very slight color shift, but overall the display remains highly readable even at extreme angles.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)
But the Sony Xperia P is more than capable of eye-catchingly attractive and superbly high-end results with little motion blur and bright, vibrant colours, thanks to the 16 million colour contrast ratio.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
As a result, everything looks nice and sharp, from tiniest of text fonts to the smooth curves of home screen icons.
by PhoneArena (May, 2012)


Holding the camera just centimetres from the subject, the handset produces stunning results with pin-sharp accuracy, impressive depth of field and strong colour management.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
It's capable of producing images of 3264 x 2448 resolution and packs Sony's usual panorama and 3D photo mode.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)
But in natural lighting environments, the Sony Xperia P's camera is a standout performer.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)


Following on from the success of the stills half of the camera, the Sony Xperia P's rear-mounted camera also plays host to impressive 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities, with recordings of up to 30 frames per second handled with ease.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
While this high frame rate and strong HD picture quality combine for strong video recordings that feature little motion blur, even when shooting challenging, fast-paced content, the camera's light management and continued focus abilities most impress on the Sony Xperia P..
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
The actual recorded frames per second hovered just under the 30 fps mark while the bitrate was the pretty decent 14 to 16Mbps for 1080p and 6Mbps for 720p.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)


With texts and emails crafted from one centralised hub, where you're able to choose target destinations via the contacts-mimicking recipient menu, there is a fast-paced ease to constructing messages with the smartphone that further enhances the pleasant user experience and fluid OS.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Again offering impeccable levels of ease of use, the Sony Xperia P makes messaging a doddle, with a host of features, settings and options available to make bashing out emails, texts and MMS messages as efficient as possible.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Pushing the Sony Xperia P's impressive array of entertainment-providing hardware and software features, quick hot key access to a variety of entertainment applications is available from first use on the primary home screen menu, with a Media folder offering instant access to image galleries, the inbuilt music player, FM radio and camera.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)


The browsing performance is excellent - panning, zooming and the text reflow are very fluid thanks to the dual-core processor.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)
And what you get is a great camera, pretty interface, snappy dual-core processor, and one of the brightest smartphone displays to date, all encased inside of a solid aluminum package.
by PhoneArena (May, 2012)
Processor and memory: With a 1GHz dual-core processor – the NovaThor U8500 by ST Ericsson, the Sony Xperia P should theoretically have no troubles performing every day tasks with ease, especially when it is equipped with a whole gigabyte of RAM.
by PhoneArena (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 4"
Resolution 960 x 540
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 275 ppi


Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
Internal storage 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown


Generation 3.5G
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  3. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
  6. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  7. HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)


Talk time 360 min
Talk time (3G) 300 min
Standby time 28,224 min
Standby time (3G) 28,512 min
Capacity 1,305 mA·h

form factor

Weight 120 g
Thickness 10.5 mm
Size 59.5 x 122 x 10.5 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio Yes


Operating system Android 4.1.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1
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