The Sony Xperia S, details of which had already been leaked on the Internet and popularly tagged Nozomi, has been officially launched by the Japanese giant, at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The new Android 2.3 device, which will be available on AT&T's network, sports a 4.3-inch 720x1280 pixel LED-backlit LCD display with capacitive multi touch-screen of 342 ppi density. The new phone features a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon with 1GB RAM. The phone has internal memory capacities of 16/32GB but unlike most other smartphones, it does not have an external microSD card slot.

The Xperia S comes with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and Timescape User Interface. It also boasts features like PlayStation certification, an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, a compass, Active Noise Cancellation with a dedicated mic, an MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, an MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player and TrackID music recognition.

While the Xperia S has launched with Android's 2.3 Gingerbread OS, Sony has simultaneously announced a move to upgrade to the latest version - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - in the second quarter of 2012. 

The Xperia S features a 12 megapixel 4000x3000 pixels camera with 1080p video capture capabilities and a secondary 2 megapixel camera for video chat. The camera also includes features like autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama and image stabilization.

Sony's new smartphone comes with a standard Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery and provides for talk time up to 7 hours and 30 minutes on 2G networks and 8 hours 30 minutes on 3G.

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