Sony's 2012 portfolio launch schedule leaks with pricing, exotic food codenames in tow

Sony's 2012 portfolio launch schedule leaks with pricing, exotic food codenames in tow
Sony's sales report for India is making the rounds, and the part that leaks its upcoming handsets for 2012, is particularly interesting, more so since they leaked with the suggested pricing.

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.

Also for April release is scheduled the 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

Related phones

Xperia sola
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1320 mAh(5.00h 3G talk time)
Xperia S
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.50h 3G talk time)



1. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive franchise. Ring any bells?

6. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I see what you did there. . . So this could be a kick ass phone, nice. . . . . .

17. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Both franchises took the name Hayabusa from the Japanese hawk. FYI

15. gammaSharma

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Its a Quad Core Fast Device with Glass Less HD 3D screen and 3D recording. Hence the name.

2. SleepingOz unregistered

I wanna see what'll the HAYABUSA look like!

3. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Kinda wished the Hayabusa would be a quad core phone with speed and power to live up to its name =)

4. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

nice to see new ST-Ericsson based smartphones

8. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 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: Oct 17, 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: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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: Dec 30, 2011

so much for outing a "few" if not "one".... any way the list can be considered a "few" i guess...

12. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

dont tell me they are releasing 12 android phones?! -__- pls give me some WP phones also!!!!

13. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Maybe we'll be expecting a "Sony Xperia Nexus" this year ;)

14. gammaSharma

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Really happy to see Xperia S under 30k INR.

16. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

oh great ...i wanted to buy the xperia s now i m confused....

18. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 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: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Sony Ericsson Kumquat = Sony Ericsson ST25i Xperia U source:

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

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