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Sony released quite a number of Xperia smartphones in 2012, and in the fourth quarter, the company announced what it would brand as “the Bond phone”, the Sony Xperia V. Although the naming scheme leaves much to be desired and is often difficult to know in which market each smartphone would fall, the Xperia V sits somewhere between the Xperia T, the previous flagship device, and Xperia J. The smartphone was finally released in South Africa in Q1, a few weeks before the South African release date of the Xperia Z was announced.
Off the bat, the Xperia V quite closely resembles the Xperia T, even when placed next to one another. While both smartphones were announced at IFA in Berlin in 2012 and they may look the same, closer examinations reveals that the Xperia V offers a few more gimmicks over the Xperia T. The first of these is the fact that the Xperia V has an IP57 water resistant and dust proof certification. Despite this, you can still remove the back cover of the smartphone, which reveals the SIM card slot, removable battery and SD card slot. The water resistance is achieved with a small seal within the cover to protect the smartphone’s vitals.
The Xperia V has a slightly smaller screen, measuring 4.3 inches to the Xperia T’s 4.55, while the resolution remains the same. The Xperia V, however, has a 10-point mutli-touch screen to the 4-point multi-touch screen of the Xperia T. Other differences include an 8GB internal storage, Bluetooth v4.0, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 screen and 1750mAh battery on the Xperia V compared to the 16GB internal storage, Bluetooth v3.1, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine screen and 1850mAh battery on the Xperia T. The biggest bonus on the Xperia V, though, is that it is capable of LTE connectivity, while being 10% lighter in weight. While there isn’t much coverage as yet in South Africa, it is still something buyers will be looking out for as the network coverage for LTE increases.
Both smartphones have the same processing specs with a Dual-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB RAM. Strangely enough, the Xperia T seems to possess a slightly shorter response time (although the Xperia V is no slouch), the main contributing factor coming from the Qualcomm chipsets. The Xperia V runs on a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, whereas the Xperia T on a Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon. Both phones also have the same 13MP camera with 4128x3096px resolution, autofocus and LED flash, which offers video capture of [email protected]
What’s great about both smartphones is that Sony has made major improvements to its UI on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and the soon-to-be-available upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean. The physical keys have been removed and replaced with onscreen capacitive keys. The app-switcher key, unlike other Android 4.0 and up smartphones, also offers a sub-menu that includes a selection of small apps. When selecting any of the apps, it runs as a pop-up on the main screen for quick access when required. The four default apps in this menu include the calculator, timer, notepad and recorder, while additional apps can be installed via the Google Play Store.
Currently, the Xperia V is the only LTE-enabled smartphone that is dust and water resistant. Although we don’t suggest you attempt to browse the Web while snorkling, it does provide around 30 minutes of submersion at a depth of one meter, which should be sufficient for surfers. All jokes aside, the Sony Xperia V is an impressive phone, priced as one of the cheapest mid- to high-end, 4G smartphones that will be available in 2013, and also includes a docking station within in contents.
The prices for the Xperia V range between R5500 and R7000, while we can expect prices starting at R7000 for the Xperia Z and Galaxy S IV, which will both be released in April. If you’re looking for something slightly less expensive the previously mentioned smartphones, and don’t wish to wait a few more weeks for their respective releases, the Xperia V is definitely a good choice.
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