And the award for busiest bee in the Android hive this beginning of the year goes to Sony, whose alphabet soup of phones has been spiced up with four new ingredients in less than three months.
There’s the Xperia Z, ZL, SP and L, but if you thought Sony would be taking a breather after these four releases, you weren’t very familiar with how things go in the smartphone market.
According to newly emerged rumors in Sony’s homeland, Japan, the Xperia family might be welcoming three extra members sometime in the summer. The most intriguing is unfortunately also the one wrapped in the thickest cloak of secrecy – a 6.4-incher codenamed “Togari”.
I know what you’re thinking, a 6.4-inch phone would be sick. But hey, Huawei’s Ascend Mate is official and ready to take the world by storm with a slightly smaller 6.1-inch display. And how about the 7-inch Asus Fonepad, advertised as a supersized phone as well?
So it’s not completely crazy to think Sony has a monster like this in the works, but for now we’ll take it with a pinch of salt because the only other detail “known” about it aside from the display size is that it will boast a Full HD resolution.
As for the other two rumored Sony phones, they have a lot more details attached to their names, but they’re also less spectacular. There’s the 5-inch SOL22, also known as “Gaga” and thought to carry the Xperia UL market name, and a 4.6-incher with the model number SO-04E, the codename “Dogo” and the expected market name Xperia A.
The UL might be very similar to the ZL design-wise, while in the hardware department it will slightly step things up with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage. The 5-inch screen should be Full HD, the body will be resistant to water and dust, but the battery will be a slightly meager 2,300 mAh unit (compared with the 2,370 inside the ZL).
Finally, the phone that will restart the alphabet for Sony, the Xperia A or Dogo, has been making the rumor rounds ever since last fall. The fellow is to pack a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of memory, a 2,300 mAh battery inside a water and dust resistant body and the display will be either 720 or 1,080p.
If we are to trust the rumors all the way, only the Xperia A will be released globally, while the UL and Togari could remain Japan-exclusives. We don’t really buy that, but then again we’re not sure if the three phones are real to start with. Do you think the trio exists? Do you want it to?
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Why would Sony release 4 practically similar phones? (These two 5″ phones and Z/ZL, all 5″, 32gb, full hd, snapdragon, 2gb ram..) What’s the point, there’s no difference at all practically?
I’d understand it if the sizes were different, but it won’t be good for Sony if they release 4 practically similar phones in one year…
coz their make customer always change new phone..
why would anyone want to release similarly specced phones in a variety of models? changing only the screen size, even the battery remains the same! I don’t get it, these so called “big name” manufacturers doing things like this instead of offering true variety – a budget build, a semi budget build and a high end build or something on those lines.
Everybody thinks Samsung is plain lucky to be top dog. The difference is look at their variety. They have phones to rival every other variety of phone if every possible price band as well! That’s probably why their image as a manufacturer is complete and garners trust on a semi conscious level.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not a pro Samsung campaign but rather a complete frustration of proper competition (and no I don’t mean competition on a gs4, iphone 5, xperia z, htc one level – I am talking about the complete package)