Sony Ericsson "Kumquat" will launch as the Sony Xperia U

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We just recently heard about the Sony Ericsson Kumquat, and mercifully it’s being reported that the midrange Android handset will ship with a different name. Of course the majority of phones ship with a name that is different from their code name, but few code names are as ungainly as “kumquat”.

The phone will apparently ship after Sony officially buries the “Ericsson” part of their branding; this is a move that was expected after Sony bought out Ericsson’s half of the joint venture. As a result the S-E Kumquat will come to market as the Sony Xperia U. The name still conjures up images of a college that specializes in mobile technology, but at least it’s consistent with the naming convention of the rest of the Xperia line.

The phone is expected to have a 3.5” 480x854 pixel screen, a “mid-range” 1GHz dual-core CPU, and a 5MP rear camera. The design aesthetic seems to match the larger Xperia S. While the Xperia U won’t pack quite as much under the hood as the Xperia S, the size may appeal more to people who want an iPhone-sized Android device.

What do you guys think? Did anyone out there prefer the name Kumquat to Xperia U?

source: GSMArena via AndroidGuys



1. ThomasFlowerchild

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

"Anyone prefer kumquat to Xperia U?" That's the same phone... I think it needs to be: Anyone prefer kumquat to Xperia S? I prefer the Xperia S because of the better camera.

3. AngusNG12345

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

i think they meant the name

4. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Yup, we're asking about the name.

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

this can't even compare with the xperia s. but more casual users who don't need a large ,state of the art HD screen and great camera, will be happy to pay less money for xperia U

5. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Man, this is just made for me. Personally, I tend to go towards a phone that has keyboard with a screen size of 3.5" max (3.2" is my preference, though). Any phone above becomes a no-no for me. And no, I don't like iDevices.

6. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

so dual cores are mid range? my Note is a mid range device :-(

7. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

No, the technology coupled with the dual core is what makes it mid range.

8. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

by the time it comes out it will definitely be mid range...Still it might be the only respectable choice for a smaller than 4.3 screen. Just imagine a super spec android phone with a 3.7' to 4" screen, no keyboard and a super slim form factor. It would only have the iPhone to compete with in that size category. And to me a top spec Android beats iPhone. That said, I will wait until May for a phone like this and then I bail and become an iDrone

9. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

this phone is for ppl with less budget but want the design of xperia s ..ppl like me

10. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Kumquat. It's unique (maybe weird, but unique). That way, I can search for it better on search engines. Xperia U - try searching for this and see the misleading results. I don't have to remember which Xperia phone I was researching.

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