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?