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Sony Xperia U Specs, review, opinions, comparisons

The Sony Xperia U is a 2012 model featuring a 3.5-inch TFT display, 5MP camera, and a 1320 mAh battery. Read more about the features of the Xperia U to see if it's right for you.
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Key Features

  • Release Date:  2012, February
  • Price: 140 EUR
  • Chipset: NovaThor U8500
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Memory: 8 GB (4 GB user available), 512 MB RAM
  • Display: TFT 3.5 inches, 480 x 854
  • Main Camera:  Single, 5MP
  • Selfie Camera:  Single, 0.3MP
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Dimensions: 112 x 54 x 12 mm
  • Weight: 110 g
  • Battery:  1320 mAh,  Removable Li-Ion

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Discover the complete range of Sony Xperia U specifications in the detailed specs table below.

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Sony Xperia U specs

General specs

Brand and model

Sony Xperia U

Release date

2012, February


112 x 54 x 12 mm (4.41 x 2.13 x 0.47 in)


110 g (3.88 oz)


Black, White/ exchangeable bottom caps in white, black, pink, yellow


1320 mAh,  Removable Li-Ion

Battery life

Stand by time- Up to 260 h (2G) / Up to 472 h (3G)
Talking time- Up to 6 h 36 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 36 min (3G)
Music play - Up to 45 h

Approximate price140 EUR





capacitive touchscreen

Display colors


Screen size

3.5" inc

Screen area

33.8 cm2

Screen format

16:9 (height:width)

Screen to body ratio


Screen resolution

480 x 854 px

PPI /points per inch/

280 PPI

Screen protection

Scratch-resistant glass

Camera and Video

Rear camera, main

5 MP, Single

Camera specs

-5 MP, AF


LED flash, panorama

Video 720p@30fps
Front (selfie) camera

0.3 MP, Single




Operating system OS

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)


NovaThor U8500

Other models with the same chipset include: Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160, Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance, Sony Xperia go, Sony Xperia sola, Sony Xperia U, Sony Xperia P, HTC Desire 501 dual sim
Processor CPU

- Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9

Graphics processor GPU

- Mali-400

External memory


Internal memory

8 GB (4 GB user available), 512 MB RAM

Communication and Connectivity

SIM card Mini-SIM
Network GSM / HSPA
Show all network frequencies:
Speed HSPA 14.4/5.76 Mbps
GPRS Up to 107 kbps
Edge Up to 296 kbps
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, DLNA
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
USB microUSB 2.0, USB Host
Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP, EDR
Harmful irradiation
SAR - 1.09 W/kg (head)     0.93 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU - 1.62 W/kg (head)    

Music and Audio

Radio Stereo FM radio, RDS
Headphone jack Yes
- Sony 3D surround sound audio technology
-Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Other features

- Sensors - Accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Previously known as Sony Ericsson ST25i Kumquat


Antutu 7 Score9020 (Position 1892 out of 2128)
GeekBench 4 Single Core275 (Position 1000 out of 1024)
GeekBench 4 Multi-Core493 (Position 998 out of 1022)
Disclaimer: This information is based on public data and official specifications from Sony. However, there may be differences in specifications.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The base approximate price of the Sony Xperia U was around 140 EUR after it was officially announced. At this point, the price may be lower.
The official release date is 2012, February.
The weight of the Sony Xperia U is 110 g.
The screen size of the Sony Xperia U is 3.5" inches.
The size of the Sony Xperia U is 112 x 54 x 12 mm (HxWxD).