First water-resistant LTE phone makes splashing PH debut

Japanese tech icon Sony recently introduced in the country the first water- and dust-resistant LTE smartphone, the Sony Xperia V, which is being offered as part of the LTE subscription packages of Smart Communications.

The Xperia V is one of the first LTE smartphones to launch in the Philippines, promising download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

As a PlayStation-certified smartphone, the Xperia V also enhances real-time mobile gaming.

“The Xperia V is also the first water-and dust-resistant LTE smartphone to launch worldwide. As our other handset models have shown, water resistance has become a sought-after feature in mobile phones, and Sony has been at the forefront of this trend,” said Patrick Larraga, head of mobile business of Sony Philippines.

The Xperia V is now the fourth water-resistant handset from Sony, and is rated at IP55/IP57 based on the international-standard IP Rating Scale.

“Smart is proud to offer a truly unique LTE smartphone in the Philippines, just months after introducing the country’s first commercial LTE service,” said Smart wireless consumer division head Emmanuel C. Lorenzana.

“With help from our partners at Sony, we are one step closer to bringing the power of next-generation mobile Internet into the hands of even more Filipinos,” Lorenzana said.

The Xperia V has numerous features including a 13-megapixel fast capture HD camera with Exmor R for mobile. This Sony technology allows users to capture bright still images and video even in low light conditions.

With High Dynamic Range, the camera can more accurately capture scenes even against harsh backlight. The Xperia V also supports 1080 full HD video recording for sharper videos.

An excellent viewing experience is guaranteed on its 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2.

Through the Walkman application, users can activate Sony’s ClearAudio+ mode and enjoy music the way it was meant to be heard. One can also use it to access music their Facebook friends have liked.

As an NFC (near field communication) device, the Xperia V lets users access music and photos across other NFC-enabled Sony devices. This “one-touch” wireless connection works without having to pair with another device.

The Xperia V, for example, can stream music wirelessly to an NFC-enabled speaker like the upcoming Sony SRS-BTV5.

The Xperia V also comes with Sony’s unique Battery Stamina Mode, a feature that can increase standby time up to four times more.

Developed specifically to address consumer demand for longer smartphone battery life, this extended standby mode works in the background by temporarily disabling WiFi, data traffic, and apps when the screen is on sleep mode.

Calls, messaging functions, and notifications will still work. When the screen is touched again, all functions go back up.

“Battery Stamina Mode is easy to use and offers more savings than other similar power saving apps today. There are actually no comparable apps on Google Play since they cannot change the Android system. Battery Stamina Mode is achieved via deeper integration into the Android OS. This allows Xperia V users to enjoy more hours on the fastest LTE connection available,” explained Larraga.

The Xperia V is available in black and white colors.

Key features:

• 4.3” HD Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for razor sharp clarity
• 13 MP fast capture camera with full HD video recording.
• Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery life, fast performance and ultra sharp graphics
• LTE for the fastest data download speeds (in markets where technology is available)
• Easy connectivity with One-touch ‘One-touch’ enabled by NFC
• Clear audio+ for the highest level of sound quality
• PlayStation Certified
• Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch. Detailed timing to follow
• Highest levels of dust and water resistance in a smartphone (IP55/57+) ensure protection from the effects of immersion up to 1m for 30 minutes
• MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger

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