Jan 18 AT 10:01 AM Nick Gray 41 Comments

Sony’s 2012 Android roadmap leaks – 12 devices expected before October

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Only a week after SONY unveiled the Xperia Ion and Xperia S at CES, a leaked image has hit the web which lists twelve Android powered smartphones from Sony which are expected to hit the market between March and Setpember. Full specifications for all twelve phones are not currently available, but we do have price points and launch months for each device.

The list kicks off withthe Sony Xperia S, which we saw at CES. The handset is pegged with a March release date, matching what we heard from Sony last week. The next three devices are listed under their code names (Kumquat, Nypon and Pepper) and should hit store shelves in April. Not much is known about these three handsets, but Nypon is rumored to sport a 4-inch “WhiteMagic” display while the Pepper is said to feature a 3.7-inch Reality Display.

If the list holds true, Sony’s summer releases should include the Olive I, Hayabusa, Tapioca, Tapioca DS and Lotus. Based on the price points of their devices, we can expect the Sony Hayabusa (listed at $632) to be the company’s summer flagship device while the Tapioca and Tapioca DS (listed at $188 and $208) could be this year’s replacements for the Xperia X10 Mini and Mini Pro, which Sony unveiled nearly two years ago.

The Atlas I, AFFM and Mint I are scheduled for a September release and are the last three devices to make the list.The only one to really stand out is the Sony Mint I which is listed with a $720 price tag. To give you a little perspective on the price, that’s about $50 more than it would cost you to import a penta-band GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus or $30 more that the Samsung Galaxy Note. We’re not sure what Sony has planned with the Mint I, but we’re expecting something truly amazing for $720.

We’re expecting most of these phones to launch in Europe, Asia and Canada, but we may get lucky as see a few of them make their way to the US market as well. After spending some quality time talking with a few different people at the Sony booth at CES, we got the feeling that Sony will be working extra hard this year to change their approach with US service providers.

With Mobile World Congress right around the corner, we’re expecting more details about Sony’s 2012 lineup to surface over the next few weeks. Do you think Sony has what it takes to catch up with Samsung, HTC and Motorola?

Via: Androinica

Source: GSMArena

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • spazby

    Go Sony!

    • Jeff Pan

      $720! What do they have in this phone?

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        I’m thinking it’ll be a quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip locked at 2 GHz with a 4.3-inch 720p display, NCF, 12MP camera and much more.

      • tobin_o

        At that price, I’m hoping for an ST-Ericsson A9600-based device putting on its best Galaxy Note impression… with Xperia PLAY controls as a possible bonus :)

      • what it has inside

        nuclear icbm launch mode !

  • dpleus

    I’d like to see more Sony offerings on Verizon. The Xperia Play isn’t a bad device if you want a mobile gaming handset, but there are better plain phones on Verizon for the same price.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    I am intrigued by the Sony Kumquat!

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Hope they keep them good quality..

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    I think Sony needs to work on their code names. There’s nothing that really stands out or sounds inspiring.

    • R.S

      So Kumquat doesn’t stand out? Lol

      I know it’s actually a fruit (or fruit tree) but what a crappy name to assign to a phone.

      “Hey check out my new phone, the Kumquat!”
      “What did you just call me?!”

      I don’t know what’s worse, Kumquat or Ville.

      • tumpero

        Ville is a quite popular boys name in Finland so sounds good to me

      • craig

        u guys seem to forget that these names are simply ‘code names’!! they will more than likely release these divices with different names………. but then again, considering im from the u.k i better keep my mouth shut before i get attacked by your so called ‘friendly fire’!!!!

    • TaoRenCe

      Seems like they’re trying to be imaginative in some way like Google (and its dessert names for Android) and Microsoft (Mango for WP 7.5). I know a name sells some products but as long as the finished product is excellent I no problem with a fruity codename. Let’s hope quality is abundant in this list because that’s a lot of phones for a few months.

    • inviolable

      We’re not even supposed to know the code names, so why does it matter?

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    Tapioca & Tapioca DS…

    DS = Dual Screen? I highly doubt it…but you never know.

    I think Sony is going to try really hard to crack into Android more than it already is. With the Ericsson part purchased out, it is solely Sony’s name on the product now. I believe Pride will make them really compete as I believe Sony really hates to lose. This is a win for consumers. Sony has something up their sleeve this year and I can’t wait for the reveal.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    So much for fewer, higher-quality devices. This is too many unless several of these are the same phone, just rebranded for different networks.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I know the idea of having fewer devices may sound appealing to those of us who don’t mind spending $600 for an off-contract device, but there are millions of people out there who want to get a smartphone without breaking the bank. I have friends who passed on the Nexus S because they found a LG phone that was $20 cheaper. Most uneducated consumers (which is the majority of them) still buy based on price, not features.

      Sony and other OEMs are simply catering to what consumers want.

      • Bob Vila

        The only problem with that is the crappy user experience they get with cheap devices. The average consumer will buy a cheap smartphone with android, end up hating it, and then decide to fork over some cash for a “good” smartphone i.e. the iPhone.

        There should be a minimum standard for hardware, and ALL manufacturers should be forced to update their skins within a month of the nexus update, or be forced to use the stock skin until they’re able to catch up!

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          I understand the sentiment, but the reason Android is successful is because OEMs are not forced to do anything. Google does have some requirements if they want to use Google Apps and the Android Market, but how can you force an OEM to update their phones within a month if Google took longer than that to update the Nexus S to Android 4.0 after the source code was released.

          People also need to stop blaming custom skins for delayed updates. Yes, they do play a role in keeping a phone from being updates entirely from a previous version of Android, but when was the last time a stock Android phone (not counting a Nexus device) was updated to the latest version of Android before one with a custom skin?

        • Dan

          Actually, the newest somewhat cheap smartphones from Sony actually has a pretty good user experience.. My mom got the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray and she loves it! I tried it and it actually runs pretty smooth :)

  • tarwinia

    Well, hopefully with their new freedom to make quick decisions and all they’ll he able to put out better specced devices. I personally am not a fan of Sony’s, I’ve had problems with their headphones and computers as well as their warranties, but even so I recognize that it’s better for all consumers if they up their game.

  • taketheleap

    For $720, that “Mint I” should come with the ability to land satellites for me.

    … if I had satellites, that is.

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    This thing better love me long time for $720.

  • Nathan D.

    Well they have until I go back to school in August to get me to get to buy their phone

  • Hall Lo

    I will wait for Mint I :). That sounds really interesting, And I really love the design team from Sony.

  • Samuel Fortaleza

    X10 mini and mini pro already have sucessor available. They are only Mini and mini pro.
    here they are. http://bit.ly/z71zPE

  • droilfade

    Tapioca, Pepper, hayabusa….are you sure this is their phones list??? :p lol! What happened lesser devices, more quality?

  • aryin

    can’t wait to see what will be brought out =D

  • Numbertwo

    Thats not a phone list thats a grocery list

  • Billy

    Kumquat, Mint, Lotus or Atlas … oh the decisions … the insanity …

    Excited to see what Sony brings … I find it funny that the king of proprietary is pushing Android. I expect awesome things!!!

  • dko3tgk

    I think Sony just needs to release pentaband phones that have AWS HSPA+ for Tmobile and advertise that. If AT&T is the only carrier that is willing to offer SOny phones, Sony should sell them directly. The Xperia X10i was a partial solution to this. My sister bought it from HK and it works on Tmobile 3G.

    Since the 2012 hardware lineup is going to be that competitive Sony should not wait for carriers to commit. Continue to negotiate, but why not sell it directly too? If enough people saw banner ads on major tech/phone websites, that said, “Xperia S, works with 4G on T-Mobile” with an image of the beautiful phone and maybe the clear bar flashing. I’m sure there would be a decent amount of people with the non-subsidized Tmobile plans that would buy it. Do that for all your phones if the carriers give you the cold shoulder. How many people even knew there was a Xperia X10i that worked on Tmobile 3G that you could buy from Sony direct and 3rd party stores and overseas?

    The strategy for 2012 should include:
    1. Getting these phones to market fast enough to be competitive and not outdated when it hits shelves, a la 2010-2011.
    2. With pentaband radio chips, market the phone directly to consumers for carriers that didn’t want to offer it directly.

  • lokidokie

    mmm… minty!

  • Zhi Hao

    Umm… any news on a replacement for the Xperia Play? I wanna get a Vita but it’s a little too pricey, and doesn’t have cellular in my country…

  • vid500

    It looks like they are doing better without Erricson. 12 devices, that’s amazing.

  • donger
  • Atlas

    Guys listen up the ‘kumquat’ hopefully will be renamed as the Xperia U

  • Anil

    But when they planed for Xperia ion ?

  1. I’d like to see more Sony offerings on Verizon. The Xperia Play isn’t a bad device if you want a mobile gaming handset, but there are better plain phones on Verizon for the same price.

  2. I am intrigued by the Sony Kumquat!

  3. Hope they keep them good quality..

  4. I think Sony needs to work on their code names. There’s nothing that really stands out or sounds inspiring.

    • So Kumquat doesn’t stand out? Lol

      I know it’s actually a fruit (or fruit tree) but what a crappy name to assign to a phone.

      “Hey check out my new phone, the Kumquat!”
      “What did you just call me?!”

      I don’t know what’s worse, Kumquat or Ville.

      • Ville is a quite popular boys name in Finland so sounds good to me

      • craigGuest 3 years ago

        u guys seem to forget that these names are simply ‘code names’!! they will more than likely release these divices with different names………. but then again, considering im from the u.k i better keep my mouth shut before i get attacked by your so called ‘friendly fire’!!!!

    • Seems like they’re trying to be imaginative in some way like Google (and its dessert names for Android) and Microsoft (Mango for WP 7.5). I know a name sells some products but as long as the finished product is excellent I no problem with a fruity codename. Let’s hope quality is abundant in this list because that’s a lot of phones for a few months.

    • We’re not even supposed to know the code names, so why does it matter?

  5. Tapioca & Tapioca DS…

    DS = Dual Screen? I highly doubt it…but you never know.

    I think Sony is going to try really hard to crack into Android more than it already is. With the Ericsson part purchased out, it is solely Sony’s name on the product now. I believe Pride will make them really compete as I believe Sony really hates to lose. This is a win for consumers. Sony has something up their sleeve this year and I can’t wait for the reveal.

  6. So much for fewer, higher-quality devices. This is too many unless several of these are the same phone, just rebranded for different networks.

    • I know the idea of having fewer devices may sound appealing to those of us who don’t mind spending $600 for an off-contract device, but there are millions of people out there who want to get a smartphone without breaking the bank. I have friends who passed on the Nexus S because they found a LG phone that was $20 cheaper. Most uneducated consumers (which is the majority of them) still buy based on price, not features.

      Sony and other OEMs are simply catering to what consumers want.

      • Bob VilaGuest 3 years ago

        The only problem with that is the crappy user experience they get with cheap devices. The average consumer will buy a cheap smartphone with android, end up hating it, and then decide to fork over some cash for a “good” smartphone i.e. the iPhone.

        There should be a minimum standard for hardware, and ALL manufacturers should be forced to update their skins within a month of the nexus update, or be forced to use the stock skin until they’re able to catch up!

        • I understand the sentiment, but the reason Android is successful is because OEMs are not forced to do anything. Google does have some requirements if they want to use Google Apps and the Android Market, but how can you force an OEM to update their phones within a month if Google took longer than that to update the Nexus S to Android 4.0 after the source code was released.

          People also need to stop blaming custom skins for delayed updates. Yes, they do play a role in keeping a phone from being updates entirely from a previous version of Android, but when was the last time a stock Android phone (not counting a Nexus device) was updated to the latest version of Android before one with a custom skin?

        • DanGuest 3 years ago

          Actually, the newest somewhat cheap smartphones from Sony actually has a pretty good user experience.. My mom got the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray and she loves it! I tried it and it actually runs pretty smooth :)

  7. tarwiniaGuest 3 years ago

    Well, hopefully with their new freedom to make quick decisions and all they’ll he able to put out better specced devices. I personally am not a fan of Sony’s, I’ve had problems with their headphones and computers as well as their warranties, but even so I recognize that it’s better for all consumers if they up their game.

  8. For $720, that “Mint I” should come with the ability to land satellites for me.

    … if I had satellites, that is.

  9. This thing better love me long time for $720.

  10. Well they have until I go back to school in August to get me to get to buy their phone

  11. I will wait for Mint I :). That sounds really interesting, And I really love the design team from Sony.

  12. Samuel FortalezaGuest 3 years ago

    X10 mini and mini pro already have sucessor available. They are only Mini and mini pro.
    here they are. http://bit.ly/z71zPE

  13. Tapioca, Pepper, hayabusa….are you sure this is their phones list??? :p lol! What happened lesser devices, more quality?

  14. can’t wait to see what will be brought out =D

  15. Thats not a phone list thats a grocery list

  16. Kumquat, Mint, Lotus or Atlas … oh the decisions … the insanity …

    Excited to see what Sony brings … I find it funny that the king of proprietary is pushing Android. I expect awesome things!!!

  17. dko3tgkGuest 3 years ago

    I think Sony just needs to release pentaband phones that have AWS HSPA+ for Tmobile and advertise that. If AT&T is the only carrier that is willing to offer SOny phones, Sony should sell them directly. The Xperia X10i was a partial solution to this. My sister bought it from HK and it works on Tmobile 3G.

    Since the 2012 hardware lineup is going to be that competitive Sony should not wait for carriers to commit. Continue to negotiate, but why not sell it directly too? If enough people saw banner ads on major tech/phone websites, that said, “Xperia S, works with 4G on T-Mobile” with an image of the beautiful phone and maybe the clear bar flashing. I’m sure there would be a decent amount of people with the non-subsidized Tmobile plans that would buy it. Do that for all your phones if the carriers give you the cold shoulder. How many people even knew there was a Xperia X10i that worked on Tmobile 3G that you could buy from Sony direct and 3rd party stores and overseas?

    The strategy for 2012 should include:
    1. Getting these phones to market fast enough to be competitive and not outdated when it hits shelves, a la 2010-2011.
    2. With pentaband radio chips, market the phone directly to consumers for carriers that didn’t want to offer it directly.

  18. Umm… any news on a replacement for the Xperia Play? I wanna get a Vita but it’s a little too pricey, and doesn’t have cellular in my country…

  19. It looks like they are doing better without Erricson. 12 devices, that’s amazing.

  20. AtlasGuest 3 years ago

    Guys listen up the ‘kumquat’ hopefully will be renamed as the Xperia U

  21. AnilGuest 3 years ago

    But when they planed for Xperia ion ?