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Hands on with the Sony Xperia P and U (photos)

Sony shows up at Mobile World Congress with two new Android smartphones, the Xperia P and Xperia U. Join CNET for a hands-on look.

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Sony Xperia P

BARCELONA, Spain--Sony kicked off Mobile World Congress today by introducing two new handsets for its Xperia line. The higher-end model of the two, the Xperia P has a 1GHz dual-core processor, support for NFC, Gingerbread (sadly), and an 8-megapixel camera. It comes in several colors including the red hue seen here. Also, notice the transparent bar at the bottom of the phone.
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Sony Xperia P

The 4-inch display is up to Sony's usual vibrant standards. All navigation on the phones is through the touch controls on the screen and just below.
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Sony Xperia P

You can customize the Xperia P's home screen with various widgets like a social media feed and photos of your favorite contacts.
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Sony Xperia P

There are no physical controls on the Xperia P so you'll use the virtual keyboard for messaging and e-mail and a virtual dial pad for making calls.
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Sony Xperia P

The design is standard but not unattractive. Rounded edges and a smooth finish give the phone a nice feel in the hand. The camera lens sits on the back side.
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Sony Xperia P

The Xperia P also has a trim profile. Several external controls including the volume rocker and camera shutter sit on the right side.
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Sony Xperia U

The Xperia U has a smaller 3.5-inch display. It shares the Xperia P's 1GHz dual-core processor, but it has a 5-megapixel camera. And don't expect Ice Cream Sandwich here, either.
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Sony Xperia U

The photo gallery app organizes your images into virtual "piles." Tapping each pile will display all photos in a grid format. The Xperia U also has the lighted band below the display.
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After tapping an individual photo you can send it to a friend or access editing tools.
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Sony Xperia U

The media player has a simple interface with touch controls and album art.
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Sony Xperia U

In typical Sony style, the Xperia U also comes in several colors. Besides the white version (pictured here), we also spied a bright-yellow handset.
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Sony Xperia U

On the back you'll find the Xperia U's camera lens.

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