Sony Xperia P, that's the name of the new Xperia from Sony that will sit slightly below the Xperia S announced at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year.  

The new model, announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will come in an aluminium unibody design with a 4-inch reality display touchscreen.

Sony says that as well as the screen - seen on previous Sony Ericsson models - the Xperia P will have a new technology called WhiteMagic which Sony says makes it the best available smartphone in sunlight. To back up that claim it's already been shown to a number of people and 9 out of 10 consumers reckon it is better than the compeition. In the hand - even in a dark room - that screen really is impressive. 

To complement the new screen is an 8 megapixel camera that can record full 1080p video and then to complement that you'll be able, like the Xperia S, to plug it into a dock and stream content to your TV. You can even connect keyboard and mouse to the smart dock. 

But it isn't just about looking pretty or being good at home entertainment. Sony has also added NFC, a technology that everyone boasts about but until now has had no idea what to do with it.

Sony's answer is to team it up with another tech it is calling Xperia SmartTags. The idea is that you will be able to point your phone at one of these tags and it will then launch a series of settings on the phone. 

At its press conference in Barcelona, Sony used the example of going out on a run. Using the tech you will be able to launch predefined applications, turn on the phone's GPS, launch a running app, turn on your Bluetooth headset  - all with one tap of the new tag. 

The new Xperia P will come in three colours, and hits the UK before June. Pocket-lint will be bringing you a full review of the new Xperia P when it arrives.