Sony's lovely Xperia S may land on AT&T soon

Beautifully crafted and artfully sculpted, Sony's Xperia S was one of the slickest smartphones we saw at CES 2012. Now it looks like it could arrive on AT&T.

Sony's Xperia S is simple, but pretty. Sony Ericsson

A stunning Android phone that really does look like it arrived from the far future, Sony's gorgeous Xperia S is likely to hit AT&T's airwaves.

New reports assert that the Xperia S is making its way through FCC approval with a quad-band GSM/UTMS/HSPA radio (850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz). As tech blog Engadget deduces, that sounds a whole lot like the Xperia S is destined for AT&T and sadly not T-Mobile.

That's a real bummer, since all the hot handsets these days seem to be landing at Verizon or AT&T: Samsung Galaxy Nexus , Motorola Droid Razr Maxx , Droid 4, Nokia Lumia 900, and Sony Xperia Ion. Add to this the Xperia S, and what's a T-Mo subscriber to do but nab an unlocked device to experience some gadget love?

To be fair, it's getting harder and harder to design a smartphone that stands out from the growing Android crowd. Sony, though, beat the odds with the Xperia S. It's distinctively styled complete with a glowing clear band on its base. The phone's 12-megapixel camera sounds alluring, too. I just hope the glory days of legendary T-Mobile handsets like the G1, G2, and even Galaxy S II aren't drawing to a close.

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.

 

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