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Sony Xperia U (Black)

(ST25i) With black/pink exchangeable caps & free 60 day Music Unlimited Premium trial


Overview of Sony Xperia U (Black)

For a limited time Sony are offering a free 60 day trial of their music streaming service - Music Unlimited with any Xperia smartphone. For more information on accessing the offer click here.

With the Sony Xperia U you have a powerful, yet compact and stylish phone which can be easily personalised. The look of the phone can be instantly changed using exchangeable bottom caps. While the illuminated transparent element changes colour depending on the music album you are viewing or your photos. Customisation doesn’t end there as the Sony Xperia U uses Android 2.3, which enables you to easily change screen layouts and functions.

It is possible to enjoy every detail of your photos and movies with the 3.5” Reality display, which is enhanced by the mobile BRAVIA Engine. Colours are brought to life and images appear crisp and clear. The display additionally features a scratch-resistant and ant-reflection coating to ensure it always viewable.

Quality 3D surround sound is additionally included with the Sony Xperia U. It features the Sony audio technoogy xLoud which improves the loudness and characteristics of your music. You will be able to listen to deep bass and high treble through your earphones for maximum enjoyment.

We all like to capture special moments with our camera and the one included with the Xperia U has fast capture technology. This enables photos to be taken in just over one second from the phone’s sleep mode. It is a 5 megapixel camera so you will get the photo you want to share with friends and family. There is also 720p High Definition video recording for creating great home movies.

A powerful 1GHz dual-core processor has been provided with the Sony Xperia U, so that you experience a fast and smooth user interface. You will be able to enjoy your movies, favourite games and apps without and slowdowns. Web browsing is also enhanced, making it quick and easy to get to websites you enjoy and regularly visit.

Features of Sony Xperia U (Black)

  • Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 ICS
  • 3.5” Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance
  • 4GB Internal storage for music, photos, videos
  • 5MP camera with unique fast capture
  • 3D sweep parorama
  • Crisp and loud surround sound with xLoud
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G/HSDPA technology
  • DLNA compatibility

What's in the box of Sony Xperia U (Black)?

  • Sony Xperia U handset
  • 1290mAh battery
  • 3 pin UK mains adapter
  • MicroUSB sync & charge cable
  • Black/pink exchangeable caps
  • 3.5mm in ear stereo headphones with in line microphone
  • 2 x screen protectors (1 applied to the device already)
  • Micro SIM to full SIM adapter
  • Documentation


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version2.3 Gingerbread (Upgradeable to Android 4.0 ICS)
  • Custom SkinSony Timescape
  • Speed1GHz
  • Dual CoreYes
  • Quad Core
  • Make/ModelSTE U8500
  • Other
Expansion Slot
  • Type
  • Capacity (Up to)
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity4GB 2GB for apps and app data
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size3.5
  • TypeReality Display
  • Resolution 854 x 480 pixels
  • Other
  • Frequencies850,900,1800,1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies900, 2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies
  • Speed
  • Version2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • FunctionsAdvanced 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
  • VersionIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Version
  • DataMicroUSB
  • PowerMicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm
  • Video Out
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware Buttons
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels5
  • FlashFlash
  • Camera Lens
  • Other
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type0.3MP
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light SensorYes
  • FormatsMP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis
  • Recording3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • Formats3GPP, MP4
  • Recording3GPP, MP4
Near Field Communication
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity1320 mAh typical, 1290 mAh minimum
  • Type
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSMUp to 6 hours 36 minutes
  • 3GUp to 5 hours and 36 minutes
Standby Time
  • GSMUp to 260 hours
  • 3GUp to 472 hours
Dimensions112 x 54 x 12mm
Weight 110g
Warranty24 months


Sony_Xperia_U_Whitepaper.pdf Sony_Xperia_U_Whitepaper.pdf (1044KB)
Sony_Xperia_U_User_Guide_EN_ST25.pdf Sony_Xperia_U_User_Guide_EN_ST25.pdf (7320KB)



Will my phone work

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Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturers branding.

Does the phone have a standard SIM card slot or a Micro SIM slot?

Standard SIM card slot

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?


Does the phone have Russian language?

Yes, it has the option for Russian as a device language and as a writing language

Does the phone have Arabic language?

The menus of the phone can not be set to Arabic, but you can choose it as a writing language, so the keyboard displays Arabic characters and the message can be sent in Arabic.

Does the phone have Hebrew language?

The menus of the phone can not be set to Hebrew, but you can choose it as a writing language, so the keyboard displays Hebrew characters and the message can be sent in Hebrew.

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Overall Rating 4 Stars * * * * * View Clove's Own Review
  • Sarthak khanna 12/1/2013 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Excellent phone and its features. I bought this phone and its amazing thing is that its very cool with the budget price. The processor speed is awesome and the apps loaded into this device is cool. overall its a great phone with a budget price. I would recommend this device.

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