Sony Xperia™ U

Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia™ U – Powerful and personal

Get yourself a front row seat. Enjoy the sights and sounds of your favourite films and music bombarding
your senses. On Xperia™ U’s razor sharp Reality Display, and in 3D surround sound. Snap photos fast,
film videos in super-sharp HD, and share them with your friends in a flash. Enjoy it all with super quick
performance powered by a dual core processor. Let the true you shine through with super snazzy
coloured bottom caps and a transparent band that changes colour to suit your themes, photos and album

Made for movies
Watch every moment from every movie in crystal clear colours. See every smile from last year’s party in
true detail. Sheer video magic on the 3.5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine. And with a dualcore
processor at its heart, you’ll enjoy super-fast performance whether surfing the web or enjoying the
latest Hollywood blockbusters from Sony Entertainment Network.

Don’t miss the hit
Watching volleyball on the beach? Capture the smash, not the sand. Fire up the camera. Fire off the shots.
From sleep to snap in just over a second. And with 5 megapixels and face detection you’ll shoot that
winning smile. Fancy something more moving? Why not film the whole tournament in razor sharp high

Live the sound
Start your own sing-a-long. Download that summer playlist. Enjoy it all in crisp and loud sound with xLoud
and 3D surround sound Sony audio technology. Plug in your earphones, sit back and listen, as the deep
bases and high trebles shoot around your head.

Add some shine to your life
Watch the transparent band light up your life. It reflects your favourite artists’ album arts with matching
colours when you browse through your music, and changes to match the shades in your photos. Or why
not choose a theme that matches the exchangeable cap? Then you’ll see the transparent band light up in
the same colour when you receive a call.

Sony Entertainment Network. Your ultimate source for digital entertainment
Feasts for film fans, masses of music. Enjoy a catalogue with millions and millions2 of songs from Music
Unlimited. Or download your favourite hit movies from Video Unlimited. It’s all on Sony Entertainment
Network. No trips to the store. No late fees. Just pure entertainment. The best tracks from Music
Unlimited. The latest movies from Video Unlimited – enjoy everything with one account. It’s the perfect fit
for a life full of entertainment.

Signature features

Sony Xperia™ U comes with a range of features as standard. Below is a summary of the key signature

Xperia™ Timescape™
The place to meet your friends
The Timescape™ application manages all your communication with one person in one place. You can
effortlessly browse by category your Facebook™, Twitter™, email and text communications, as well as
view your photos. Now everything is all together and in chronological order, so you don’t have to open
different applications to see what’s going on.

Xperia™ Infinite button
Everything you want – from everywhere
Tap the infinite button in the Timescape™ application and smart filter each category of communication by
person. For example, when viewing a text message from a friend in Timescape™, tap the infinite button to
view a list of all chat messages with that friend.

Xperia™ Local connectivity
More control over your media
Using Xperia Local connectivity, you can exercise more control over how media files get transferred and
stored. For example, you can select MTP mode to transfer files if you want to limit the risk of data corruption
or select MSC mode if you want to have more control over the data storage.

Xperia™ Home screen application
The place you call Home
Customise your Home screen with widgets, shortcuts, folders, themes, wallpaper and other items.
Where’s best for you? Email top right? Music player bottom left? You decide. With four extensions to your
Home screen, you’ve got plenty of space to put things where you want. Just remember to flick left or right
to find them.


Operating system

Google™ Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread)


1 GHz STE U8500 Dual Core


112 x 54 x 12 mm


110 grams

Available colours

  • Black
  • White

Main screen



16,000,000 colour TFT


854×480 pixels

Size (diagonal)

3.5 inches


Yes – anti-reflection coating on mineral glass

Input mechanisms


Text input

On-screen QWERTY keyboard

Touch screen

Capacitive (multi-touch)

Touch gesture

Yes – multi-touch, up to 4 fingers supported




512 MB

System memory

2 GB

Phone memory

2 GB

Internal storage

4 GB



Camera resolution

5 megapixel

Digital zoom


Photo flash

Yes – LED

Video recording 

Yes – HD 720p

Video chat camera






Proximity sensor


Ambient light sensor



Yes – Compass




  • UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900


  • UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I)
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Data transfer speeds



Up to 107 kbps (download). Up to 85.6 kbps (upload)


Up to 296 kbps (download). Up to 236.8 kbps (upload)

UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload)

Up to 5.76 Mbps

UMTS HSPA cat 10(download)

Up to 14.4 Mbps

Talk time (GSM)

Up to 6 hours and 36 minutes*

Standby time (GSM)   

Up to 260 hours*

Talk time (UMTS)

Up to 5 hours and 36 minutes*

Standby time (UMTS)

Up to 472 hours*

Music listening time

Up to 45 hours

Video playback time

Up to 6 hours


1320 mAh, typical
1290 mAh, minimum

Categorised feature list


  • 3D Sweep panorama™
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Face detection
  • Flash/Photo flash
  • Flash/Photo light
  • Front-facing camera
  • (VGA)
  • Geotagging
  • HD video recording
  • (720p)
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Sweep Multi Angle
  • Sweep panorama™
  • Video light
  • Video recording


  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Clear bass
  • Clear stereo
  • Manual equalizer
  • Music Player
  • PlayNow™ service*
  • SensMe™
  • TrackID™ music recognition*
  • xLoud™


  • Android Market™
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search*
  • Google Voice™ Search*
  • Google Maps™ for Mobile with
  • Street view and Latitude™*
  • NeoReader™ barcode scanner
  • Web browser (WebKit™)


  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Facebook™ application*
  • Facebook inside Xperia™
  • Google Talk™ application*
  • Noise suppression
  • Xperia™ Timescape™
  • Speakerphone
  • Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)*
  • Video chat ready


  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Google Mail™*
  • Instant messaging
  • Multimedia messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)
  • Gesture input
  • Voice input


  • Auto rotation
  • Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Reality Display with
  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Touch screen
  • Live Wallpaper


  • Media browser
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • Sony Entertainment Network*
  • Video streaming
  • YouTube™*


  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Airplane mode
  • 3D Album
  • Infinite button
  • Contacts
  • Setup guide
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer


  • 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
  • aGPS*
  • Bluetooth™ wireless technology
  • DLNA Certified®
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB support
  • Modem
  • Native USB tethering
  • Media Go™*
  • Synchronisation via Microsoft®
  • Exchange ActiveSync®
  • USB High speed 2.0 support
  • USB mass storage
  • USB Host
  • Wi-Fi®
  • Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionallity
  • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation*

Device-to-device communications (local)

Bluetooth™ wireless technology


Bluetooth™ profiles supported

Advanced Audio Distribution Profile v1.2
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile v1.0
Handsfree Profile v1.5
Headset Profile v1.1
Object Push Profile v1.1
Phonebook Access Profile v1.0

Core version and supported core features

Advanced Audio 2.1 + EDR

Connectable devices

Products which support at least one of the profiles above.













Supported standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n and Wi-Fi®

Connectable devices

Wi-Fi access points

Frequency band

2.4 GHz

Data transfer rate

Up to 72 Mbit/s


WEP 64 bit
WEP 128 bit
Open Authentication
Shared Authentication
WPA Personal and WPA2 Personal
WPA Enterprise and WPA2 Enterprise



Power save


DLNA Certified® (Digital Living Network Alliance)


Supported Device Classes

M-DMS – Mobile Digital Media Server
Media Types: Image, Video and Music
Summary: The digital media server exposes the media
files in your phone to a Wi-Fi® network. The files can
then be accessed from other DLNA Certified® clients.

Media Types: Image, Video and Music
Summary: Play media saved in the phone on another
device, such as TV orcomputer, using 2 box push technology.
The feature +PU+ is integrated in Gallery application
and Music application.

M-DMP – Mobile Digital Media Player
Media Types: Image, Video and Music
Summary: Play content stored on another device, for
example a server or a PC, directly on the phone.

Supported Bearers


DRM Support

The Sony DLNA Certified® implementation does not support
DRM-protected content.


MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)

According to OMA Multimedia Messaging Service v1.0 + SMIL



Bearer type (IP)


Character sets

BIG5 Traditional Chinese
ISO-2022-JP Japanese
ISO-8859-2 Eastern Europe
ISO-8859-5 Cyrillic
ISO-8859-7 Greek
ISO-8859-9 Turkish
ISO 8859-11
KOI8-R Cyrillic
Shift_JIS Japanese
Windows® 874
Windows® 1251 Cyrillic
Windows® 1252
Windows® 1254 Turkish
Windows® 1258 Vietnamese


POP3 and IMAP4

Push email

Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS)

Secure email

SSL/TLS, both port methods (POPS/IMAPS) and STARTTLS

HTML mail

Yes (read only)

Positioning – location based services


Supported standards:

  • OMA Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) v2.0
  • 3GPP™ Control Plane location (incl. Emergency location)

Supported satellite systems:


Provisioning (OMA CP)

  • OMA CP version 1.1

Multimedia (audio, image and video)


Audio Playback

Decoder format

  • Audio decoding MPEG-1/2/2.5, audio layer 3
  • AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
  • General MIDI (GM)
  • Linear PCM 16bit
  • OTA
  • Ogg vorbis

Supported in file format

  • MP3 (.mp3)
  • 3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4, .m4a)
  • 3GPP (.3gp)
  • SMF (.mid)
  • WAV (.wav)
  • OTA (.ota)
  • Ogg vorbis (.ogg)

Audio Recording

Encoder format

    stereo, sample rate 48 kHz bit rate
    128 kbps

Supported in file format

  • 3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4),
    AMR (.amr)
  • 3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)

Image Playback

Decoder format

  • 1, 4, 8, 16, 24 and 32 bpp and RLE
    encoded formats
  • Single and multi-frame, bitmap
    mask support (GIF87a format and
    GIF89a format)
  • Joint Photographic Experts Group
  • Portable Network Graphics Bitmap
    mask support
  • Wireless Bitmap

Supported in file format

  • BMP (.bmp)
  • GIF (.gif)
  • JPEG (.jpg)
  • PNG (.png)
  • WBMP (.wbmp)

Image Capture

Encoder format

  • Joint Photographic Experts Group

Supported in file format

  • JPEG (.jpg)

Video Playback

Decoder format

  • MPEG-4 Visual Simple Profile Level
    6, Advanced Simple Profile Level 5
  • H.264 High Profile Level 3.2
  • H.263 Profile 0, Level 70

Supported in file format

  • 3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
  • 3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
  • 3GPP (.3gp)

Video Recording

Encoder format

  • Video H.263 Profile 0, H.264
    Baseline Profile
  • Audio: AAC-LC stereo, sample rate
    48 kHz bit rate 128 kbps, AMR-NB

Supported in file format

  • 3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)

Audio/Video Streaming

  • Streaming transport
  • RTSP according to 3GPP™
  • HTTP streaming


  • DRM (Digital Rights Management) –
    features the rights and copy
    protection of downloaded content
  • OMA DRM 1.0

Synchronisation (OMA DS, EAS, Google Sync™)

  • OMA Data Synchronisation protocol versions 1.1.2 and 1.2
  • OMA Data Formats: vCard 2.1, vCalendar 1.0
  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 2.5
  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 12
  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 12.1
  • Google Sync™

Web browser


Browser version

Android 2.3 Browser (Based on WebKit)


Adobe™ Flash™ 11*
Full page PC rendering
Landscape/portrait rendering
Pan & Zoom


Internet Search

Browser compliancy

CSS 2.0
CSS 2.1
CSS 3.0
DOM 2.0
DOM 3.0
HTML version 4.0
HTML version 5.0
JavaScript 1.7/ECMA-script 262 3rd edition
WebGL 1.0
XHTML Basic version 1.0

Supported Device API

Geo-location API

Protocol compliancy

OMA Download 1.0
TLS 1.0 and SSL 3.0