Sony's Xperia P and U Are the Budget Little Brothers to That Gorgeous Xperia S

By Kat Hannaford on at

Given Sony already torpedoed its Xperia S back at CES, you can aaaaalmost forgive the now-lacking-in-Ericsson company for its lacklustre MWC showings. New Sony boss Kaz Hirai took to the stage to intro the Xperia P and Xperia U phones, which, as rumoured, are both dual-core phones with 8 and 5-megapixel cameras between 'em.

The colourful 'n younger Xperia U has a 3.5-inch "reality" display (seen above with pink and yellow ends), whereas the black/silver P has a 4-inch qHD screen, with Sony's new "White Magic" screen tech for using in direct sunlight.

Cameras on both phones can shoot in 2D and 3D modes, and they both use NFC too.

Three UK and Orange have confirmed it'll be stocking the Xperia U (Orange will only stock the white one though); you can check out Three's hands-on video over here. Both will be on sale in the first half of 2012, so keep an eye peeled for more networks' confirmations that they'll be stocking 'em...though we'd suggest springing for the Xperia S if you're that-way-inclined.

See below for hands-on videos of the Xperia P and U from T3.com: