Xperia P TV Dock replaces SmartDock; launches in Q3

by XB on 06/06/2012

in Accessories, Xperia P


Xperia P TV DockSony Mobile this morning has announced that a dedicated docking station for the Sony Xperia P is still alive. However, it won’t be called the SmartDock anymore, Sony is calling it the Xperia P TV Dock. So how does it differ from the SmartDock? Well it still has the HDMI output to connect to your TV, but it gets rid of the two USB 2.0 ports.

Instead, the Xperia P TV Dock has Bluetooth which can be used to connect a keyboard and mouse (as long as they support it). The addition of Bluetooth is a sensible move given the plethora of accessories out there, however we still think it would have been nice to include at least one USB port for legacy peripherals. The Xperia P TV Dock will be available globally from Q3 2012.

Xperia P TV Dock

Xperia P TV Dock

Xperia P TV Dock

Via SM Product Blog.

  • Nine

    indeed!
    a USB port would be a good idea.

  • Asad Mulla

    the phones got bluetooth already so whats the point of having an extra bluetooth.
    I understand the fact that the mouse and keyboard can remain connected to the dock using bluetooth while the phone is not docked, but wouldn’t it be better if you could just connect the mouse and keyboard directly to the phone

  • Basharca

    damn you Sony! The most thing I wanted about this dock was the full usb ports! Why do you have to screw things up? Not cool Sony, not cool at all.

  • http://twitter.com/thezymo zymo

    Considering that future devices won’t have a dedicated HDMI port, but using MHL for TV out (HDMI through usb) the absence of usb ports makes sense, cause the MHL standard cannot handle TV and data signal at the same time. The Xperia GX/Hayabusa uses the same dock sans HDMI connector. Now Sony has to design just one dock, which makes the accessoire more profitable. But in terms of user experience and satisfaction additional usb ports would have been highly welcomed.

  • meta96

    … will miss usb, but will love hdmi & charging. better than nothing. xperia P ftw.

  • CP2020

    So basically you just have to find keyboard and mouse with bluetooth…good luck with that. Not on that Sony. Should’ve just left it as it was giving ppl more compatibility options and earlier availability. Not that smart

  • rafi

    now i had no reason to purchase xperia p…. and stick my my xperia s… :)

  • Luís Yasaka

    I prefer my Xperia S yet

  • JOKER

    this is really stupid, all the effort spent to design something cool ended up with all the effort designing something redundant !!!

    Come on sony, pls wake up your Industrial Design team!!!!

  • JOKER

    Why bother to redesign the xperia P docking station when the consumers could must as well get the live dock multimedia station….that is already avaliable

  • Coollead

    No, otherwise it’d look really silly if you were trying to use the thing on your TV, with long ass cables coming from the dock.

  • Coollead

    Are you actually being serious when you imply that Bluetooth mice and keyboards are hard to find? If you are, I really hope you get some help.

  • Coollead

    This is smart design. Think about it. If your phone is hooked up to your TV, you’re going to want to use a wireless keyboard/mouse instead of dragging cables all over the room. The dock has bluetooth, you can just connect a mouse/keyboard once and not have to deal with them anymore… and they just work when the phone is plugged in.

  • CP2020

    No but u are very limited choice wise. Never said that they are not available at all. Most work through USB cable or wireless. Cannot deny that.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mattias-Rådström/100000147409055 Mattias Rådström

    Why, oh why are these things coming to the Xperia P when S is suppose to be the flagship model? Shouldnt every piece of accessory come to that one first?

  • John C 500 – South Africa

    Where is the xperia S dock?

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  • AsadMulla

    What I am trying to say is, connect your bluetooth mouse and keyboard directly to your phone without the need for a dock. Why do you exclusively need the dock’s bluetooth to connect a mouse keyboard when your phone already has bluetooth

  • industrial.intell

    great! try to connect an external hard drive to this thing now!

    interesting who pushed on Sony so hard?

  • ivo

    stupid f..ck

  • Mates

    Actually, Xperia P is “better” masterpiece, than Xperia S was. I do not mean in performance nor high-end parameters, I mean in built quality, display clarity and maybe some another details. It really looks like Sony was in hurry in release of their flagship Xperia S due to market pressures, then they had app.3 months more tiime for improvements before release of Xperia P. I heard about former defects of Xperia S screen and about distortion of its 13MPix camera. None of that I could observe in Xperia P. Probably these are the reasons, why people buy Xperia P so much and why Sony develops more accessories for it. Sony even developed limited edition of 24K gold Xperia P due to this success, even though it was firstly meant as mid-class smartphone only: http://blogs.sonymobile.com/2012/11/23/project-24k-gold-xperia-p/
    By the way – I have just bought the older dock without bluetooth for 20 EUR, but with two additional USB ports and am really happy with that. One USB I use for my wireless keyboard adapter, while second one for USB flash disk (USB flash disk works perfectly via dock even in case of 32GB flash disk, not like with USB OTG cable, where you can observe “power consumption” error. It works thanks to charger connected to microUSB port of the dock, so that the additional power needed is always supplied to USB ports on the dock). Nice solution:) Hey, and I am not Sony employee, just a satisfied user:) Although, even this smartphone is not perfect and has its weaknesses:)

  • Mates

    I have to agree with AsadMulla totally. Moreover, I believe that two additional USB ports are far better for your choice of use – you can use even for bluetooth adapter, if you wish, so what is the deal? :)
    I have just bought the older version of the dock (without bluetooth, but these two additional USB ports) and am really happy with that.
    One USB port I use for my wireless keyboard adapter, which is even newer technology than older bluetooth:
    http://www.logitech.com/en-roeu/product/wireless-touch-keyboard-k400r?crid=26
    The second USB port I use for USB flash disk (USB flash disk works perfectly via
    dock even in case of 32GB flash disk, not like with USB OTG cable, where
    you can observe “power consumption” error. It works thanks to charger
    connected to microUSB port of the dock, so that the additional power
    needed is always supplied to USB ports on the dock).
    Nobody could persuade me to buy new TV Dock instead of old SmartDock. It would be big step back for me.

  • Mates

    Old SmartDock that I have has both microUSB for charging as well as microHDMI for my plasma. And of course, two additional USB ports of normal size. Much better choice than this new TV Dock. Pleasure to use:)

  • Mates

    You are not right, Coollead. Two
    additional USB ports are far better for your choice of use – you can use
    them even for bluetooth adapter, if you wish, so what is the deal? :)
    I have just bought the older version of the dock (without bluetooth, but
    these two additional USB ports) and am really happy with that.
    One USB port I use for my wireless keyboard adapter, which is even newer technology than older bluetooth:
    http://www.logitech.com/en-roe
    The second USB port I use for USB flash disk (USB flash disk works perfectly via
    dock even in case of 32GB flash disk, not like with USB OTG cable, where
    you can observe “power consumption” error. It works thanks to charger
    connected to microUSB port of the dock, so that the additional power
    needed is always supplied to USB ports on the dock).
    Nobody could persuade me to buy new TV Dock instead of old SmartDock. It would be big step back for me.

  • Mates

    I have to agree with you:) USB ports have much more possibilities of use. This new TV Dock is a big step back. For me it is something unbelievable, how could somebody design iz:)

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