£180 Sony Xperia S smartphone: A stunning deal if you can get your mitts on one

News has emerged that the Sony Xperia S, which was until September last year the top-end smartphone for the Japanese manufacturer, is being sold instore by Phones4U for as little as £180 with a £10 top up voucher.

The smartphone, which is on sale online for £17 per month, has been superseded since then by the Sony Xperia T and the Sony Xperia Z. The device was unveiled at MWC last year and was the first high end smartphone to come from the Sony stable.

It comes with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, the MSM8260, clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage (without any microSD card slot), a 4.3in 1,280 x 720 screen with Reality Display technology, a 1,750mAh battery, a 12-megapixel rear camera and 3D Sweep panorama, DLNA technology, 3G and Wi-Fi.

It also has HDMI out and while it is still on Android 4.0 ICS, it will get an upgrade to Jelly Bean fairly soon. Like other phones launched at the same time, it comes with that transparent illuminated bar. It is without any doubt the best smartphone under £200 (assuming that you can actually buy one).

Check out our review of the Sony Xperia S here.