Sony Ericsson smartphones rumored for Mobile World Congress 2012


    We have just seen the arrival of Sony Xperia S at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012. As per reports, Sony Ericsson is planning to introduce a set of high-end Xperia phones for the year. The company is rumored to wrap off two Android smartphones at the nearing Mobile World Congress. Some tech blogs have received images and specs of the two whispered Sony Ericsson phones; codenamed Xperia Nypon and Xperia Kumquat or Pepper. The company is also reportedly working with a Windows Phone device to put on display at MWC 2012. All these phones will be powered by the company’s next gen NovaThor processor. GSMArena, PocketNow and several other tech blogs have leaked the specs and images of the phones. Here we give brief intros to the rumored Xperia smartphones for the year.

    Xperia LT22i Nypon
    The NovaThor U8500-powered handset is likely to come with 4-inch qHD Reality display. The LED backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen will feature 540 x 960 pixels at 275 ppi. Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and Timescape UI will be the notable features of the phone. The device will almost look like the recently launched Xperia S. It will mount an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording capability. The camera will feature 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash.

    The Nypon will come with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with no microSD slot. For connectivity, the phone will have GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR, Near Field Communication and microUSB v2.0 port. The device will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Google’s famous mobile operating system.

    “It is a NovaThor U8500-based handset with a 4″ qHD Reality display and 8MP camera with 1080p video recording. It looks much like the already announced Xperia S, but as you already noticed – the specs are different,” GSMArena writes.

    Xperia ST25i Kumquat
    The Kumquat will reportedly be a small phone, possibly an Xperia mini successor. The Kumquat will also be powered by the NovaThor U8500 chipset and it will have a 3.5-inch FWVGA Reality display. It will be an LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen with 280 ppi. Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and Timescape UI will be the major features.

    The Kumquat will run on a dual core 1GHz NovaThor U8500 processor. The device will sport a 5-megapixel 2592×1944 camera with autofocus and LED flash. Camera features like geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 3D sweep panorama are major additional features. The phone can capture video at 720p@30fps.

    For connectivity, the new Xperia phone will have GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR and microUSB slot 2.0. Adobe Flash, SNS integration, Java MIDP emulator, accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors are other possible features.

    “The smaller Xperia gadget at the top should be perhaps the one rumored as Kumquat – the Xperia mini successor. It is also supposed to be based on the NovaThor U8500 chipset, but should feature a smaller 3.5″ FWVGA Reality display and a 5 megapixel snapper with 720p video recording,” says GSMArena.

    Xperia Windows Phone
    There are large rumors Sony Ericsson will join the Windows Phone platform this year. Lots of phone makers including Samsung, HTC, Acer and Nokia have so far brought out smartphones based on Windows Phone, Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Some rumor mills have predicted the chance for an Xperia phone with Windows Phone this year. Sony Ericsson will unveil its first phone with the advanced version of Windows Phone at MWC. The phone maker had launched Xperia X1 on Windows Mobile 6.1 back in 2008.

    PocketNow claims that it has some images of what should be some Sony Ericsson Windows Phone hardware. There are better chances the images may be that of an old scrapped project as well, says Pocket-lint’s writer Paul Lamkin.

    “The Sony Ericsson branding, rather than the solitary Sony, does kind of make us lean towards thinking this may be an old model that never came to fruition,” Lamkin writes.

    The images the PocketNow shows are vague. Anyway, let us wait until the MWC kicks off next month to get a clear idea of the rumored Sony Ericsson phones.