iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Sony Xperia S Goes On Preorder For £430

The first smartphone to carry the Sony brand name, rather than Sony Ericsson, the Xperia S, has been put on preorder by three different reputable UK online retailers, Play.com, Ebuyer and Clove.

The latter claims that the Xperia S will be shipped on the 5th of March, with Play quoting the 9th of March and Ebuyer, the 12th.

The smartphone, which was previously known as Nozomi, was unveiled at CES 2012 in Las Vegas and is a significant improvement on the Sony Ericsson Xperia S. It sticks to the same 4.3-inch screen diagonal but ups the resolution from 480x800 pixels to 1280x720 pixels, surpassing the pixel density of the Apple iPhone 4S (342ppi vs 332ppi).

It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8260 dual core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage (with a bundled 16GB microSD card dropped in), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, microUSN, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade due in Q2 2012), a 12-megapixel camera with LED flash, GPS/Glonass, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera, NFC and a 1750mAh battery.

You can have a look at our exclusive hands-on preview of the Xperia S when it was still known as the Nozomi.