Jun 12 AT 4:20 PM Sean Riley 14 Comments

Sony gives fans control over the next Xperia announcement


It might not have the build up of a major press announcement like the Galaxy S III, but Sony is giving something new a go over on their Facebook page by letting fans “fast forward” to the announcement of the next Xperia smartphone.

This started yesterday morning and the announcement was originally scheduled for June 22nd, but every time a user clicks the big orange button the clock jumps ahead (just one turn per day). They’ve had a pretty solid response so far as a little over 24,000 people have clicked the button and thus brought the announcement up to the afternoon of June 13th as it stands right now.

Now I’m guessing that Sony isn’t probably unveiling anything revolutionary here, but they do still owe us one Xperia Ion for AT&T by the end of June. Despite the fans on their Facebook page doing some minor rioting in favor of an Xperia Play 2 I’m pretty sure they would have brought that out at E3 last week if it were that far along.

In case I’m right about this being the Ion, I’ll give a quick refresher, as I was pretty impressed with it at CES. The highlights were the 4.65-inch 1280×720 Reality Display which was one of the best looking displays I’ve seen in terms of contrast and color reproduction. The other big feature was the 12 MP Exmor-R camera which was able to fire off a shot from standby in under 2 seconds. On the downside it was slated to launch with Gingerbread, though we’re hoping Sony’s wised up and puts Android 4 on this bad boy.

Hit the source link below to do your part to speed up the countdown, if you have a Facebook account that is, and there’s also at least one contest for a free Xperia phone that you can get in on while you are at it.

The Ion is just my theory, any other Xperia phones that you’ve been waiting for?

Update: So much for my prognostications. The phone they revealed was the Xperia Miro which is a decidedly low end device with a 3.5-inch screen at 320×480, an 800 MHz processor, 5MP camera, but hey at least it’s running Ice Cream Sandwich.

While it wasn’t this specific announcement Sony did let slip that a version of the Xperia Ion will be available sans LTE internationally, so maybe that’s what had my spider sense tingling.

Via: Xperia blog

Source: Sony Xperia Facebook Hub

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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