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Sony Xperia P review

Sony Xperia P review
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Retail Price: RM 985
AP Price: RM 775 - 790
The Sony Xperia P features an aluminum unibody design, and a 4-inch Reality Display with White Magic screen tech that allows for great readability in bright daylight.
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Review: Sony Xperia P

At a glance

+ Solid, attractive, well-built chassis

+ Bravia Engine

+ Quick boot camera

- Gingerbread showing its age

- Short battery life

In the Box

- Sony Xperia P

- USB charger

- Travel charger

- 3.5mm headphones

23 March 2012 – After separating from Ericsson, Sony has continued the Xperia line with Android smartphones. The Xperia P comes after the Xperia’s flagship – the S. Sony based its design off the S and did not skimp on too many features. So let’s take a look at the Sony Xperia P.

Exterior, Controls and Screen

Taking its cues for its bigger brother the Xperia S, the device has a similar square slate design. It has a 4-inch touchscreen that dominates the front of the phone. At the bottom, Sony added a transparent glass panel that houses three capacitive buttons that lights up when you use them, to add a touch of class to the phone.

The capacitive buttons light up

We like the weight that comes with the phone, and it does not feel obtrusive when we placed it into our pockets.

The Xperia P’s 4-inch display is powered by the Mobile Bravia engine and Sony WhiteMagic technology. It has a 960 x 540 resolution (similar to the iPhone), which is able to a deliver crisp, bright display.

It relies on microSIMs, covered by a flap on the left side. On the right there are a few more buttons - a power/standby button, volume rocker and a quick camera button. Hold down the power button, and you will get the option to do a screenshot. And if your device is on standby simply tap the quick camera button and the Xperia P will boot within a second for you to take a photo.

The P is also is also a one piece design, meaning there is no back cover for you to see the battery pack. And without a microSD slot, all 16GB will be packed inside that chassis.

Battery life is noticeably short, going full tilt with the web surfing and other things you can do with your smartphone during the day and you will notice your battery bar being drain quite quickly. Our tests shows about half an hour extra compared to Sony’s five hour estimate.

Software, Application and Games

Despite the planned update to Android 4.0, we would have preferred that it came in box with the Xperia P. The Xperia P comes with Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread), which comes with the standard medley of apps Google Maps, OfficeSuite for those of us who want to get productive on your smartphone and even an FM radio.

Sitting on top of Gingerbread is the TimeScape UI, which heavily modified the Android interface with live themes. It comes with a bunch of handy widgets like the weather and news that you can place on your front screen. There is social networking integration and a cool photo stream where you can scroll through all your pictures by flicking through a photo album.

The operating system is powered by dual-core 1GHz A9 processor with 1GB RAM, and we did not see any noticeable lag when using the Xperia P.

Camera, Video and Audio

It is not the 12-megapixel camera on the Xperia S, but the 8-megapixel imager quality is able to stand on its own and it is a quick camera as well. There were a few instances where our pictures looked a little dark, but in general we were pleased with the results.

When set to auto, the camera automatically irons out blemishes with software. There is image stabilisation and smile detection software too. But if you fancy a bit of tweaking, there are plenty of options in there including ISO settings, exposure value, and white balance.

Stillshots from the Xperia P

The camera is able to capture 3D panoramic pictures as well but you have to view it on a 3D TV. There is also the option to take a multi-angle picture, which simulates a 3D image on screen. Video recording goes up to 1080p, and the video quality’s pretty decent too. There is a VGA-front facing camera for video calls.


This mid-range device has plenty of connectivity options, HSDPA 14.4Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and DLNA. With the mini-HDMI output, you can push your content to a large screen TV. The Xperia P comes with Near Field Communication (NFC), which you can use with Sony’s SmartTags.


For RM 1499, we are quite impressed with the Xperia P. It has a mid-range pricing but is packed with some good features - a great display enhanced by the Bravia Engine, an 8-megapixel camera capable of 3D photos and a bunch of connectivity. More importantly at that price range it does not feel cheaply built, it is based off the Xperia S’ design and manages to look premium on its own.

Aside from our little wish hoping that there was the ability to record videos and taking still shots at the same time, we recommend this handset for anyone looking for a little bit of pizazz from their mid-range phone.

Conclusion: Mid-range pricing but with good looks and features, a recommended device

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