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2012 IFA: Sony Xperia V – What you need to know

With the 2012 IFA underway, numerous devices are making a splash in the tech world. One of Sony’s latest smartphone offerings to make an appearance at the event is the Xperia V – but what do you need to know about the device?

The good

One of three new Android powered smartphones to be exhibited by the brand at this year’s IFA, expectations are high for the Xperia V. Specifications are fairly impressive with a sizeable 4.3 inch HD display giving users plenty to look at.

Under the bonnet, you’ll find a decent 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 4G LTE connectivity. A microUSB and 3.55mm headphone port are great additions for those looking for a phone capable of decent media storage and playback, whilst a 13MP camera capable of 16x optical zoom further enhances these features.

The casing is just as impressive at what is found underneath it, with an IP57 rating meaning its water resistance can withstand half an hour submission in water up to 1m deep.

The bad

A midrange device aimed to fall between the specifications of Xperia J and Xperia T, its specifications do hit a few hurdles. Whilst overall it performs adequately when held against its bigger brother, the Xperia T, general thoughts are that it lacks the finesse of the higher powered device.

Currently running the outdated Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS, an update to Jelly Bean is rumoured to be in the pipeline and could spell the difference between success and failure for this handset.

The ugly

Whilst the styling of the phone is far from unattractive, it is reminiscent of the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S. For those looking for a smartphone which breaks the mould, this is unlikely to be their first choice whilst those wanting a reasonably powerful imitation could do a lot worse.

However, with details concerning release dates and pricing still unknown, evaluating this phone on value for money will have to wait.

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