Just like HTC, Samsung and other handset makers, Sony is sending out invitations to a press event scheduled for February 26. At CES, we had a pretty good idea of what Sony was planning, but we’re all scratching out heads right now, trying to figure out “what’s new and what’s next” for Sony.
Based on what we saw with the Xperia S and Xperia Ion and Sony’s history of using Qualcomm chips, we could see a new flagship device powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip with a 720p HD display, 12 megapixel camera with its rear-illuminated Eximor sensor, NFC, and a battery large enough to get power users through an entire day without missing a beat.
We could speculate all day long, but one solid piece of evidence that we have is that Sony is planning on releasing a device named the Xperia Sola. The handset name just recently appeared at the US Patent and Trademark Office, meaning US customers may be getting their hands on something besides the AT&T bound Xperia Ion. There’s no guarantee that the Xperia Sola will be a superphone powerful enough to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S III or the HTC Edge, but we can always hope.
Since Sony’s leaked 2012 roadmap shows the Kumquat, Nypon and Pepper with April release dates, we’re going to assume that those three devices will be making an appearance at Sony’s press event on February 26. The only problem we have is that all three devices are expected to be mid-range devices with off-contract prices ranging from $335-$475 – substantially less than the $590 price for the Xperia S listed on the same roadmap document.
Will Sony be unveiling a dual-core Qualcomm S4 flagship handset at Mobile World Congress? We truly hope so, but there’s no real evidence that they will. We’ll probably have to wait until CTIA later this spring to catch a glimpse of the Sony Hayabusa which is expected to be Sony’s flagship handset for the summer.
Do you think Sony has an ace up its sleeve for Mobile World Congress?