Sony Xperia S priced and dated, no ICS though

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Last October we told you about Sony going their separate ways from its mobile partner Ericsson. This hasn’t stopped Sony from releasing new products and today we can tell you about the Xperia S as it is priced and dated, but there is no Android ICS though.

The handset in the UK has seen a number of carriers looking to provide the handset, and according to Cnet only Virgin Mobile and Vodafone are the only ones yet to get on board. The new smartphone will be the first device since the Sony and Ericsson split, and now an online retailer has revealed the SIM free price and ship date.

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Clove have the Xperia S priced at £467.99 with a ship date of the week beginning March 5th according to the preorder page. The handset comes powered by a worthy 1,5GHz processor with a 4.3-inch 720 x 1280 resolution display.

You also get an impressive 12-megapixel shooter and 32GB of in-built storage, and while not as slim as the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2 it’s by no means a chunk. There is some disappointing news about the handset though as it seems it won’t be running with Android Ice Cream Sandwich straight out of the box.

It will come with Gingerbread and owners will have to wait for Sony to rollout an update for ICS, and is a bit of a surprise considering that the Galaxy Nexus was released already running the operating system. Are you thinking of getting the Xperia S?