The Xperia S continues some of the design tradition, but it pushes the envelope a bit with the lighted bar near the base that holds touch controls icons and the antenna components. The 4.3-inch "Reality" display has a vibrant HD (1,280x720-pixel) resolution.
Sony says the Xperia S will have an "iconic identity" that will be reflected in the user interface such as the "flow" design on the home screen. Fortunately, though, Sony says the UI will not interfere with Android updates. The Xperia S runs Gingerbread now, but an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is promised.