After months of rumors, leaks and speculations that many times seemed to contradict one another, Sony’s upcoming line-up of phones is now (almost) set in stone. You will all have your pick in Sony’s future gadget portfolio, with the Xperia T, Xperia TX and “Tsubasa” targeting high-end technology enthusiasts, and the Xperia SL and Xperia J being oriented more towards the mid-range market niche.

The last of that bunch, the Xperia J (formerly known as the ST26i), has now been thoroughly previewed by Russian website Aside from some precious info about the phone’s look, feel and screen, this preview also brings to the spotlight a few decent pics of the Xperia J. Though they aren’t the first ever photos, these show off the device’s curves in all their beauty, from the front, back and both sides.

I know that many of you would have loved to see more of the Xperia J‘s red model, but unfortunately Mobile-Review only got some one-on-one time with the black-and-white version of the phone. This is reported as a “well built” unit with a “pleasant design,” although the overall look is far from original or innovative.

The back side is rather clean for a Sony mid-ranger, while the front is elegant, classic and classy. The curves are not too exaggerated to make the J look tacky, but they are there to make the phone more than just a rectangular slab. Finally, the horizontal bezel looks a bit on the thick side, even though we have definitely seen worse.

Mobile-Review analyzed the Xperia J’s display in a few words too, but unfortunately doesn’t have much to praise on that front. The 4-inch FWVGA LCD screen is reported to come with pretty narrow viewing angles and isn’t very bright.

The color reproduction is described as “poor” and there’s also much glare. That might all sound like a pretty terrible scenario, but we have to keep in mind that we don’t know exactly when the Russian tech bloggers got a hold of the phone. If it was a couple of months back, it’s very possible that Sony had enough time to work on that panel and make it considerably better.

The Russian preview mentions nothing about the J’s performance and hardware, which makes us that more convinced that the phone previewed was a very early pre-production unit. The battery life is reported as “decent,” though that isn’t exactly trustworthy, while the 5 MP rear-facing camera is “far from perfect.”

As a quick reminder, the Xperia J is expected to feature a 1 GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM7627A processor, 512 MB of RAM, the running of Android 4.0 ICS out of the box, a 1,700 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. Rumored to cost around €150-160 ($185-200) in Europe, the J will most likely be unveiled in Berlin on August 29 right before the IFA 2012 kick-off.

Anyone looking forward for Sony’s Xperia J? Do you hope to see it released in the US aside from Asia and Europe?

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