Sony's just dropped a batch of bombshells on us today during an IFA press conference. Among the headlining new devices, the Xperia J which is being billed as an affordable smartphone with a "standout screen size." That "standout" size is 4", by the way. We're not entirely sure who Sony thinks they're going to impress with four inches, but the rest of the specs actually seem like a pretty good deal if the price is right.


  • 9.2mm slim stylish design
  • 4.0" FWVGA (480x854) TFT display (244 ppi)
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A (single core)
  • 5MP rear camera
  • DLNA certified
  • "Up to 4GB" flash storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

This device won't be winning any performance awards, but with a high-resolution display and what could be a decent camera, this may be just what international users are looking to pick up off-contract. In addition to the above specs, the device also features a "social media notification" light. It's unclear if this is just a slick-looking implementation of a regular old notification LED, or if Sony's added some special software just to let you know when someone's poked you on Facebook. Either way, the light is subtle without being easy to miss. Very good looking.

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Of course, we'll still need to get our hands on this baby to see how well it performs, and of course we still need to find out what counts as "affordable," but Sony's come out of the gate swinging. Between this and the other phones the company has announced today, it looks like we're in for a better year than the last.

More info: Sony Blog