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Sony Xperia S – what you need to know

Smartphones are set to go to the next level this year, with every manufacturer under the sun wading in with an impressive handset or two.

But let’s forget about the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the Apple iPhone 5 for a minute (if you can), Sony’s latest handset is set for big things.

The Sony Xperia S was on show at CES last week, and looks like one of the tech giant’s best smartphones in a long time.

Sony Xperia S to be released in March

Set to go on sale in March, the Xperia S is the first smartphone to be released by Sony since its split with manufacturer Ericsson, so it’ll be interesting to see how Sony fares on its own.

And from the look of the new handset, Sony will have no problems at all. The Xperia S is a sleek, sexy model not dissimilar to the Nokia Lumia 900.

Like the Nokia Lumia series, the Xperia S is moulded from a single piece of high-density polycarbonate, giving it a smooth but durable feel.

Sony Xperia S specs

The Xperia’s 4.3 inch LED backlit screen has a 1280×720 resolution display, giving it the high quality needed to match the impressive 12MP camera on the front.

And in a masterstroke by Sony, the Xperia S has a micro-HDMI port built in, so you can stream 720p video directly on to your TV.

The Xperia S is not quite as slim as some of its nearest rivals, such as the Galaxy S2 or Motorola Razr, but Sony have packed a hell of a lot inside.

Featuring a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Xperia S will be one of the fastest handsets out there when it’s released.

No ICS for Sony Xperia S

One of the drawbacks of the Xperia S is its operating system. It will be running the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

It is a little disappointing, given that the likes of the Nexus, and Samsung’s next handset – the Galaxy S3, run Ice Cream Sandwich.

But that is the only qualm we have, and Sony has said it will be releasing an OS update at some point. So will the Xperia S be enough to match the likes of Samsung and Apple?