Sony Xperia S in white

Sony has announced its new Xperia S at CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week — one of the company's first devices since dropping Ericsson from its smartphone venture — and we were lucky enough to go hands-on and get some first impressions of the new device.

It looks set to be a big hit for Android fans, with a stunning 4.3-inch HD display, a slender form-factor, and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. It also boasts NFC capabilities, 32GB of internal storage, a HDMI port, and it's PlayStation certified.

One of its biggest downsides, however, is a lack of Ice Cream Sandwich, shipping instead with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But Sony does promise an Ice Cream Sandwich update will be coming during the second half of 2012, so don't let that put you off.

If you'd like to get your mitts on this device and you're living in the U.K., you have just two months to save your pennies. It'll arrive in March at a number of British retailers, with Phones4U, O2, and Three the first to confirm that they'll be stocking the device.

Furthermore, Phones4U will be exclusively offering the handset in white — which it promises will not be available anywhere else — as well as its black counterpart. Meanwhile, Three has published the video below to show off some of the device's most impressive features:

As for you guys in the U.S., you can also expect the Xperia S to arrive during Q1 2012. Sony is yet to confirm pricing for either territory.

Are you excited for the Sony Xperia S?

[via TechRadar]