What could Odin, the ruler of Asgard, have to do with Sony, the Japan-based multinational conglomerate known to us Android geeks for the Xperia line of smartphones? That’s the million dollar question we’re all asking ourselves after hearing that Sony’s 2013 flagship phone could be codenamed “Odin”.
Also known as the C6502, C6503 and C6506 right now, this handheld is wrapped in total and utter mystery for the time being, with the only details known about it being that it will be launched sometime next year and that it runs Android 4.1.1.
It runs as in a pre-release prototype of the phone runs Jelly Bean, because we’re betting that if Sony will really want to make an impression with “Odin” it is going to equip it with Android 4.2, the just about confirmed next version of our favorite mobile OS.
Without even a shred of evidence on the super-phone’s spec sheet, we can only speculate as to what that codename might mean. Sure, it doesn’t have to mean something, but with Thor: The Dark World being scheduled for a November 2013 release, we can’t help but suspect there might be a connection between Sony and Hollywood once again.
An XperiaBlog commenter going by the name of “Pear” has an even wilder theory on the codename, speculating that Sony’s phone might come with a supercamera and Cybershot capabilities (C as in Cybershot and Odin, the one eyed god as in supercamera). Wild, but not at all illogical, don’t you think?
Enough with the wild-goose chase, because there is one other future Sony phone leaked. The C1604 (also known as the C1605) will however be a much less luxurious device than the “Odin”, being powered by an outdated single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A CPU and an Adreno 200 GPU. That combo hasn’t exactly fared well in a leaked NenaMark 2 benchmark, but hopefully the pricing will make up for the lack of performance.
The device will run Android 4.0.4 ICS on launch (no word on a date), which sounds decent enough, but the 480 x 320 pixels resolution display just about seals this guy as an Xperia tipo/miro lookalike/successor.
The C150X is a third Sony handheld tracked in user agent strings and, like the Odin, is wrapped in complete mystery. Still, based on its codename, this should be another entry-level phone similar to the existent tipo and miro and probably powered by the same Snapdragon S4 Play chipset as the C160X.
Who’s looking forward to Sony’s 2013 Android phones? Could Odin be the “hero” device the company needs so desperately to challenge the likes of Samsung or HTC?