Update: The release is Autumn, not Spring. The email was a global one, therefore the seasons are for the northern hemisphere, not the more-important southern hemisphere. Our apologies for not picking up on this earlier.

In an email from Sony Ericsson Australia’s Chief Marketing Officer, Steve Walker, a release date for the Sony Xperia S was mentioned and we’re pretty excited about it, mainly due to the excellent specs of the device.

“The first smartphone product from Sony, available this [Autumn], will be the new Sony Xperia™ S”

While the Sony Ericsson Australia website has had the Xperia S listed as ‘Coming Soon’ for almost a month, there’s been no real idea of a release date, but now we have a vague idea. As for specs, it’s all really quite impressive, but we’ll hold proper judgement until we’ve actually played with one — the UI could be a let-down, it could also be awesome.

  • 4.3-inch 1280×720 342ppi (HD) Reality Display
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual-Core CPU
  • Android 2.3 (4.0 coming during the second quarter)
  • HSPA 14.4Mbps 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • 1GB RAM, 16/32GB Interal Storage
  • 12MP Rear Camera / 1.3MP HD Front Camera
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC

If the price is right, would you be interested in the Xperia S? Or will you wait it out to see what Samsung has hiding in the Galaxy S III? For me, it’s the latter.

  • William

    hey, was just wondering if you guys knew when will the experia S be available in Perth? 

  • Hoangnguyen179

    My dream phone … Cant wait

  • Shanepoll1968

    Why are all you guys so hung up on the Samsung? Seems to me that all reviewers etc are on either or both Apple and Samsung payrolls. I have played with Samsung’s and they are a load of crap! Good marketing not much substance. I guess you lot miss out on the really good phones because you get caught up in marketing hype. Your loss.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TaylorSwiftFan8 Jamesz Zhang

    when u guys said autumn release for the phone does that mean the release date is somewhere between march to may 

  • http://twitter.com/tfqkhn Taufiq Khan

    Sony should have ditched the weird green logo they had as SE.

    Good looking phone, but not for me. I need quicker updates before I go back to Sony!

    • Gregorian

      Oh blasphemy.
      The gooey minty ball of yumminess is a great little logo.

      • No

        I love the little green logo,leave it SONY dont u dare remove it … :) BTW you have got my money SONY This is my next phone.

  • Greviousmcg

    I’m liking the look of this phone. Might pick it up to replace my Desire Z in a couple of months time.

  • amonymous

    Pretty sure they just didn’t amend the email to reflect the location of the audience. What sense would there be in releasing a device here 6 MONTHS later than the rest of the world? I got the email this morning and assumed this was the case – and screenshots I’ve seen posted online today were identical save the region mentioned at the end of “Steve Walker, Chief Marketing Officer, Sony Ericsson, Australia”. Hoping that’s the case, anyway.

    • http://ausdroid.net/ Buzz Moody

      Our apologies, it is Autumn. We should have picked up on that earlier. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622072781 Benjamin Patterson

    This is utter stupidity. The rest of the world sees it very soon but we see it later on. I am a huge sony fan and was so looking forward in May to updating my Xperia X10i. Now if i want there “flagship” phone i have to wait until almost the end of the year. Seriously thinking about dropping Sony for samsung.

    • http://ausdroid.net/ Buzz Moody

      Our apologies, it is Autumn. We should have picked up on that earlier. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622072781 Benjamin Patterson

        Well thats a little too late now as yesterday i lost all confidence with Sony because of this and have now locked into 24 months with the Samsung Nexus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Walker/100002602430436 Grant Walker

    This phone is blocky and has a real plastic look about it. Apparently there are no real improvements with the camera. They couldn’t have moved further away from the stylish concept of the Arc…which is a shame. There will be more phones released soon. 

    As for the transparent strip…it looks like its been glued on as an afterthought. 

    I want a Sony phone that’s as tough as the Active, as stylish as the Arc and is technologically comparable, otherwise i’ll stick to my Arc. 

    • Greg Bell

      Well, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally I think that it looks quite stylish, and it’s the first Xperia I’d actually consider buying. I think the Arc and others are just hideous, and I ruled them out on appearance alone.

  • A_A

    Are you kidding me?

    Spring would be September-November, this is hugely disappointing and a major downfall for Sony here, even the Galaxy S III would beat it to the market and that probably won’t get announced for months.

    Unless he messed up and took it as Spring overseas, thus Autumn here, that is a major mess up for Sony down under.

    • http://ausdroid.net/ Buzz Moody

      Our apologies, it is Autumn. We should have picked up on that earlier. 

      • Cnjonesy

        Remember Sony works in the Northern hemisphere. their spring is our autumn. Simple mistake.