Sony Xperia S priced for UK; incoming March 2012

Earlier known as the Nozomi, Sony Xperia S has a release date

The Sony Xperia S is available for pre-order from three UK online retailers, Ebuyer, Clove and Play, with release dates from the first week of March

With mobile phone networks O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Three releasing the Sony Xperia S, the smartphone is also available SIM-free from £429.99 onwards (including VAT).

Users can buy the phone, previously known as the Nozomi, from Clove at £467.99, from Ebuyer at £429.99 and from at £449.99 (all including VAT).

Clove claims shipping will start the week of March 5, with Play saying March 9 and Ebuyer March 12.

A white Sony Xperia S handset will also be exclusively available from Phones 4U.

The phone was revealed at CES 2012 and it marks the Japanese manufacturer’s first solely own branded smartphone offering having recently parted ways with longterm partner in the mobile sector Ericsson.

The Sony Xperia S packs a punch with a 4.3-inch LCD HD touchscreen with 1280 x 720p resolution and a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor. It will arrive in users' hands with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (with an Ice Cream Sandwich update expected in Q2 2012) and a 12-megapixel rear-mounted camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities and a 1.3-megapixel snapper on the front.

Check out a video of the Sony Xperia S here.

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