With Sony's Mobile World Congress press conference drawing closer by the day, rumors about the company's new smartphone lineup have been flying around left and right at breakneck speed. We're expecting the launch of a number of new devices, though specifics have been hard to come by due to the huge amount of sometimes conflicting information, made even worse by Sony's confusing internal naming scheme. One thing is known for sure, however – Sony won't be showing only its newest flagship, but will also reveal its refreshed line of mid-rangers.
Xperia XA, a flawed smartphone which nevertheless had potential. First there was a set of renders, then another, and then a hands-on video (which has since been deleted). Today, a device alleged to be the new XA has successfully passed the Federal Communications Commision's certification process, giving more credence to the theory it might debut at MWC on February 27.The most visible of these upcoming devices has consistently been the successor to last year's
The phone is said to be powered by a MediaTek P20 chipset, and will feature a 23MP back camera. A device with similar specs was recently spotted on GFXBench under the codename "Pikachu", where it listed a 5" 720p display and 3GB of RAM. For more info on Sony's upcoming smartphone line, check out our Sony MWC rumor roundup.