Sony's 2012 portfolio launch schedule leaks with pricing, exotic food codenames in tow
Carriers usually get these quite in advance, so as they can decide which ones will make it on their network, and the list of 11 handsets includes some names we already know about, as well as a lot of others we haven't heard, since they are scheduled for way out there in September, for instance.
OK, now what do we know about the ones that will be released fairly soon.
Scheduled for an April launch are the Sony LT22i Nypon with its bright 4" WhiteMagic display, and the Sony MT27i Pepper with a more mundane 3.7" Reality Display.
What's specific for those two is that they are rumored to come with ST-Ericsson's NovaThor dual-core chipset, which will mark a breakthrough for the silicon maker in the mobile industry, as until now we only had the HTC Sensation Z710t phone with this silicon.
NovaThor supports the TD-SCDMA network of the world's biggest carrier China Mobile, so that's what Sony might have had in mind.
Sony ST25i Kumquat, which, judging by its pricing, goes directly in the lower mid-range. The Kumquat is a rumored successor to the Xperia mini, whose model number is ST15i.
While it’s expected to have the same NovaThor U8500 chip as the rest of the April gang, the screen here could be much smaller at 3.5” with FWVGA resolution. It’s also rumored to feature a 5-megapixel camera.
Further down the list, and the last ones we have heard about, are the entry level Sony Xperia ST21i Tapioca and Tapioca_DS, scheduled for the summer, which maintain the trend of exotic food item titles. The Tapioca we saw listed with 800MHz CPU, 3.2MP camera and 3.2" display with HVGA resolution - meh, we know, but the price is also pretty low.
The rest of the leaked handsets we have no idea about, but we are especially intrigued by the Sony Hayabusa and Sony Mint, which, judging by their upscale pricing, should be the company's flagships for 2012. The Hayabusa is scheduled for July, and this name we associate with fast Suzuki motorcycles and unmanned spacecraft, so it could be one zippy handset. The Mint is not coming until the fall, so we'll have to wait for more leaks on that one.
source: GSMArena via PhoneMantra
1. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I like that HAYABUSA name, sounds like a yakusa samurai of some sort. I wonder if it somehow has any resemblance to the super bike made by Suzuki. . .
5. Firedrops (Posts: 198; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive franchise. Ring any bells?
6. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I see what you did there. . . So this could be a kick ass phone, nice. . .
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17. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
Both franchises took the name Hayabusa from the Japanese hawk. FYI
15. gammaSharma (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Its a Quad Core Fast Device with Glass Less HD 3D screen and 3D recording. Hence the name.
2. SleepingOz (Posts: 2377; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
I wanna see what'll the HAYABUSA look like!
3. nanozander (Posts: 56; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Kinda wished the Hayabusa would be a quad core phone with speed and power to live up to its name =)
4. nanozander (Posts: 56; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
From the logic of "what you pay is what you get", kinda makes you think what kinda phone is the "Mint 1" / "Mint I"~ XD
7. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
nice to see new ST-Ericsson based smartphones
8. cyborg009 (Posts: 78; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)
That Mint has got to be some fuking MONSTER !!! Can some1 find its specs pls :) and also Hayabusas !! ... anyways m buying xperia S when its released in India in march.. can't wait any more !!
9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Sony will revolutionize android this year.
MINT FTW! :D
i bet xperia play successor is one of those two high end phones.
It think it will have a quad core s4 proc, or pick up that beasty GPU from the vita (quad core power VR SGX543)
But here's what i would do if i were Sony CEO - i'd drop the sliding gamepad concept, and offer the playstation gamepad acessory as an option for the entire high end range - the Xperia Play 2 just being the usual candybar form, but coming with the loads of games pre loaded, as well as with that gamepad as the part of the retail package
10. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
thinkin' about it makes me wonder if either the Hayabusa or the mint will be the Xperia Play successor.
11. smartx84 (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
so much for outing a "few" if not "one".... any way the list can be considered a "few" i guess...
12. StreetNerd (Posts: 698; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
dont tell me they are releasing 12 android phones?! -__-
pls give me some WP phones also!!!!
13. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 389; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Maybe we'll be expecting a "Sony Xperia Nexus" this year ;)
14. gammaSharma (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Really happy to see Xperia S under 30k INR.
16. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
oh great ...i wanted to buy the xperia s now i m confused....
18. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
By the way, just to let you know, other than the iPhone and 2-3 other phones, India does not have contract pricing. We just buy the phone and put whatever SIM card we have into it. So, these must be contract-free prices (although I heard Sony is tying up with a carrier for one model). I'm also guessing these are the MRP, which means the market prices will be slightly lower. The online store prices may be a shade lower than "the lower".
19. pegasso (Posts: 129; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
Sony Ericsson Kumquat = Sony Ericsson ST25i Xperia U
20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5472; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Sony going to kick some major ass.this year. I'm going to pass on the iON and buy the Hayabusa. Im looking forward to this speedy phone with its high end camera.
21. hitechredneck (Posts: 54; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Do you realize that hayabusa is the ion because its just a little more than the experia S which just really has a smaller screen 4.3 compared to 4.55 for the ION. It's the Mint thats the flagship. Hopefully at&t will have family data plans by then so I can use one of my other lines to upgrade if I buy the ION next month. Maybe the Experia GX is possibly the Mint.