In December last year, Sony announced that its entire 2011 Xperia portfolio would be receiving the ICS update. The update will first be available on the Xperia Art S, Neo V, and Xperia Ray in late March. In late April or early May, Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, Mini, Mini Pro, and Pro owners should expect 4.0, along with owners of Sony Live with Walkman.
Joining the already significant lineup of ICS phones soon to be released, Sony has announced the launch in China of the Xperia Neo L MT25i with Android 4.0 pre-loaded. This device is being billed as the successor to its Neo and Neo V handsets.
Neo L specs include:
- 1 Ghz Qualcomm single core processor
- 512 MB RAM
- Android 4.0 OS
- 4 – inch capacitive touch screen. 854×480 resolution
- 1 GB internal storage, 32 GB expandable by MicroSD
- 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera
- 1500 mAH battery
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
The device also features the Sony xLoud audio enhancement technology, which is said to deliver a superior music experience, when compared to other similar smartphones. One notable characteristic of the Neo L is its thickness, which puts it against the trend of ultra thin smartphones, at 12.8 mm in thickness.
The specifications of the Xperia Neo L are decidedly mid range, which is very surprising considering this is Sony’s first release with ICS built in. This might be because of the imminent rollout of Android 4.0 to all its mid to high-end devices already in the works. In a step away from Android, Sony is also in the process of developing a proprietary OS which will most likely feature in its future flagship devices.
No information on a release date or price is currently available. The Neo L has been announced for release only in China so far. It’s unknown whether there will a worldwide release, but that seems unlikely at this point.