Sony Xperia V – Review


Of the three smartphones announced at IFA in Berlin, the Xperia V is the only one that packs LTE connectivity as the default option.

Branded as the “Bond phone” for the Singapore market, we find out if this dust- and water- resistant handset is the perfect device for a secret agent.

GENERAL

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced – 2012, August
Status Available. Released 2012, December

BODY

Dimensions 129 x 65 x 10.7 mm (5.08 x 2.56 x 0.42 in)
Weight         120 g (4.23 oz)
                 IP57 certified – dust and water resistant
                        Water proof up to 1 meter and 30 minutes

DISPLAY

Type                 TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size                 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection         Scratch-resistant glass
                        Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
                        Timescape UI

SOUND

Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes

MEMORY

Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1 GB RAM

DATA

GPRS Yes
EDGE Up to 237 kbps
Speed HSPA+ (DL 42 Mbps/ UL 5.8 Mbps); LTE Cat3, (DL 100 Mbps/ UL 50 Mbps)
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB         Yes, microUSB (MHL) v2.0

CAMERA

Primary 13 MP, 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
Video Yes, [email protected], continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer
Secondary Yes, VGA

FEATURES

OS                 Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset        Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU                 Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU          Adreno 225
Sensors         Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser         HTML5
Radio         Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS                 Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java                 Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors              Black, White, Pink
                 – TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
                        – SNS integration
                        – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
                        – MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
                         – MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input

BATTERY

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1750 mAh
Stand-by Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 7 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
Music play Up to 18 h

MISC

SAR US 0.86 W/kg (head)     0.73 W/kg
SAR EU 0.95 W/kg

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