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Sony Xperia J: UK availability announced

Sony has officially confirmed the Sony Xperia J, a mid-range Android handset announced alongside the Skyfall bound Sony Xperia T. Key features include Android Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4-inch LCD and 5-megapixel camera.

As you can see, the Xperia J looks rather handsome in these product images and (as pointed out by some of the forum users) appears to borrow from last year’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc with its inverted curved back plate. Meanwhile, the frontage is a little more in line with new devices, coming from Sony, utilising a three-capacitive key layout that debuted with the Sony Xperia S. It comes in black, gold,white and pink.

Sony xperia J

What are its main features?

  • Screen: 4-inch FWVGA LCD (480×854 pixels)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Memory: 4GB internal, microSD support
  • Camera: 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and video light, front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: WiFi, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2 mm/124g

What operating system will the Sony Xperia J run?

As with other new low-cost Sony handsets emerging, a strong attraction for the Xperia J will be that it comes running Ice Cream Sandwich out-the-box and if Sony is true to current form, will likely receive an update to Android Jelly Bean in the next year.

sony xperia j colours

What are the alternatives?

Low cost Androids are plentiful, but for the suggestedprice point the source compared the Xperia J to the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus: another 1GHz single-core-sporting Android handset with a 5-megapixel camera and microSD card support. Despite this, the Ace Plus doesn’t come with the added value of Android ICS and rocks a lower resolution display. If Samsung’s aren’t your style, then there’s also the HTC Desire C the Acer Liquid Glow or for non-Android users, the Nokia Lumia 610.

How much will the Sony Xperia J cost?

Clove has confirmed it will be selling the Xperia J for £190.80, in black and white in late October.

What networks will the Sony Xperia J be available on?

Three and is the first UK network to confirm it will be selling the phone, it is ‘coming soon.’

Vodafone has confirmed it will be selling the phone ‘over the coming months.

When will the Sony Xperia J launch?

Carphone Warehouse have just pushed out a press release stating that the Xperia J, along with the Xperia T, both of which emerged at IFA in Berlin last week will arrive in stores from September 5th. Pricing is still unannounced.

What do we think?

The Sony Xperia J feels likes a direct descendant of the Arc S with a slightly less delicate design reflecting its affordable stature (in comparison to the flagship status and design of the Arc S).

Speaking of design, that’s where the focus of the Xperia J lies, underneath Sony has given it a premium twist on Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4, similar to the likes of the Xperia S, althogh we noticed brief moments of UI stutter and lag – presumably due to its 1GHz single-core processor.

Any shortcomings are excusable however, when you consider its suspected price. As a free handset on a suggested £20 a month contract, the design, Ice Cream Sandwich, a 5-megapixel camera and nice touches like the glowing LED notification light at the bottom of the device, all make the Xperia J a tempting proposition. ‘Affordable premium’ is the name of the game and it now falls to the consumers to decide whether it reflects that.

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