Specs summary


The Sony Xperia P's screen is 4 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.


There is a ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1305 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 19.8 days standby time, 420 minutes (2G), 300 minutes (3G), 239 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Sony Xperia P is a phone that performs, but could be better.

- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint 

Sealed in an aluminum unibody but still oozing the new NXT series style, the Sony Xperia P joins an elite club of metal-clad phones.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews summary

Based on 17 reviews

The Sony Xperia P is a fashion-forward device that's sure to turn heads with its large, high-resolution touchscreen display and metallic finish.

It uses a 4-inch qHD (540x960 pixels) touchscreen panel and features a whole host of high-end niceties which include a powerful 1GHz processor, an ample amount of RAM (16GB), an 8-megapixel camera, and a unibody construction. The design is one of Sony’s more beautiful efforts, and it really stands out in a crowd of similar-looking Android-powered bricks.

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The downsides of this phone are its outdated Android software (Gingerbread) and poor battery life.

An upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich might save it, but for now it’s more like the little smartphone that could. Could be improved, that is.

Need to Know: Sony Xperia P

1. Large, 4-inch qHD touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Fast processor, plenty of RAM and onboard storage. (The Good)

3. No microSD card slot. (The Bad)

4. Default software is a dated version of Android. (The Bad)

Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)

A power packed handsome phone for daily use

from TelecomTiger
The Xperia P from Sony is a great phone in Xperia series and will satisfy one with its features, technicalities and pre installed applications. This is a one of the good mid range smartphone of these days. The only major drawback with this device is its no space for memory card and average battery. Else, this is a power packed handsome phone for daily use... Full review

A fantastic screen, high-resolution and high-class feel make this a great smartphone for media fans

from Expert Reviews
The Xperia P comes with 16GB of storage and provides up to 13GB for users, but you can’t expand storage with a microSD card, which puts the Xperia P at a disadvantage to phones such as the Galaxy Ace 2. The Galaxy Ace 2 is like a nicer phone to hold (the Xperia P is so smooth it almost feels as if you’re going to drop it), but even so, we’re still enamoured by the Xperia P’s high-res screen, smooth animation and fast response. It’s a great option if you use your smartphone to watch videos... Full review

Sony’s Xperia P is a step up in design, and makes a good choice if you're shopping for a smaller smartphone

from Digital Trends
The Xperia P is not a record-setting handset, though it’s WhiteMagic screen is certainly a winner in my book. The design is clean and the hardware is fast enough to satisfy most users. Assuming the update to Android 4.0 comes through for everyone with the P (some users have gotten it already), it could be a good option for those looking for a smaller handset. Phones keep getting larger and larger. It’s good to see a solid phone in a smaller size... Full review

If beauty is your only priority, the Sony Xperia P will certainly satisfy, but power isn't this unlocked phone's forte

from Cnet
You have to admit the Sony Xperia P is a gorgeous smartphone. Flaunting a stunning design crafted from premium materials, it's a mobile device that has good looks to die for. Unfortunately its major weakness is an underpowered processor, which has serious repercussions. It doesn't have enough speed to run its aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread software, let alone Ice Cream Sandwich as its higher-end sibling, the Xperia S, can do. Frankly I wish Sony had spent as much effort on dropping a robust CPU into the phone as it did on its exterior... Full review

Fantastic screen, good hardware quality, and above average battery life

from Fone Arena
The Xperia P is a great phone held back by its lack of Android 4.0. Its mid range rivals, the HTC One V , One S are both running Android 4.0. The fantastic screen, camera and overall performance on the other hand go in the Sony’s favor.If Sony sticks to its Android 4.0 rollout timeline, this could very well be one of the best phones in the price range. Overall if you’re looking for a good package, you can’t get much better at this price point... Full review

Looks nice, is well built and offers a great set of core features

from TrustedReviews
We like the Sony Xperia P a lot. It looks nice, is well built and offers a great set of core features, with dual-core performance, 8MP camera and sharp display, all wrapped up in a modest sized handset. Add in some unexpected extras like microHDMI connectivity and NFC and you're onto a winner. It's not without its issues but we think this is a cracking option for those looking for a small but capable Android phone... Full review

Solid build quality, great display, great call quality

from MobileBurn

The Sony Xperia P is a pretty good mid-range device that offers solid build quality, quick performance, and a great display. The things that really let it down are the puny battery and the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. Sony is selling the Xperia P unlocked direct through its online store and retail outlets for $449.99. But if you are in the market for an unlocked phone, you would do well to consider the GSM version of the Google Galaxy Nexus, which offers a larger display, faster processor, and newer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system as well as support for both AT&T... Full review

Nice design, shame about the battery

from Pocket-lint

Overall the Sony Xperia P is something of a mixed bag. Our experience with the Xperia S tells us that the design will divide opinion. The core hardware means this is a reasonably powerful device and the way it handles everyday tasks is a testament to that, with no complaints in that respect.

But there are some elements that just seem to get in the way. Launching on Gingerbread is a disappointment for Android fans and some of Sony's design choices when it comes to the user interface are a little disappointing. We don't mind manufacturers skinning Android, but when it makes something li... Full review

A confident, middle-sized handset with a pretty good camera and a superb screen

from Engadget

The Xperia P is a confident, middle-sized handset, but new smartphone shoppers may find it difficult to spend £340 (around $530; off-contract) on it. While the Xperia P has more design charm and better build quality, the Xperia S is already being substantially discounted in the UK, with a grander camera, larger screen and more capable processor. However, big phones aren't for everyone and the Xperia P's footprint lies closer to the iPhone than recent pocket-testing smartphones. It's not going to beat the competition on raw benchmark numbers, but nor did any lag or hiccups frustrate us duri... Full review

Attractive design, quite light, and pretty good display

from GSMArena

In a not-so-far-fetched scenario, the Sony Xperia P struggles to emerge from the shadow of the Xperia S flagship and sees its sales eaten into by its own more affordable siblings, the Xperia U and sola. Many phones in a similar position would find it hard to rise to the challenge. Not the Sony Xperia P. This metal-clad warrior wants to be the maker of its own future.

But even if we look past the stylish aluminum unibody, the Xperia P still has a lot going for it.

One is a good camera that can stand its own against pricier devices and will satisfy most people's need for still ima... Full review

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