Earlier today Sony showed off their new Xperia Ion, an LTE device coming soon to AT&T. Now we have the pleasure of being introduced to the second Android smartphone to ditch the Ericsson portion of its name. The Sony Xperia S doesn’t differ too much from the Ion: it features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 12MP Exmor R camera sensor, and a 720p display, only here it is 4.3-inches in size. If it looks familiar, it’s because we have seen this phone before under the codename Nozomi. The phone also boasts NFC support. Two things of note are the lack of LTE and the “Playstation Certified” badge the handset will carry, meaning it gets access to gaming content from Sony’s Playstation Suite.
It will launch in select markets towards the end of the first quarter, and will carry Android 2.3 when it does. Black and white versions will be available.