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With only two phone launches in the first couple of months of 2013, Sony’s alphabet soup was starting to get stale. Fortunately, the Xperia makers seem to have caught that right on time and are now prepping to add some spices with a new L.

Irony and bad food puns aside, the Xperia L is said to be in the works, but it looks fairly unexciting. Initially thought to be coming with a 4-inch display in tow, the L is now rumored to be a slightly bigger 4.3-incher.

Unfortunately, the previously speculated 854 x 480 pixels resolution is almost set in stone, so, again, pretty unexciting. As is the 1 GHz dual-core processor (most likely a Snapdragon S4 Plus unit), the Adreno 305 GPU and 8 GB of on-board storage.

As for the 1,700 mAh battery, that sounds truly pitiful even for what is shaping up to be a budget mid-ranger. On the flip side, the 8 MP camera packed with an Exmor RS sensor could be unexpectedly delicious, while the running of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is also nice though fairly standard already.

In a nutshell, the Xperia L (aka C2104, C2105 or “TaoShan”) will probably be a slightly bumped up J. Which, for once, would actually be a logical move from Sony. You know, given L is two letters after J in the alphabet. And you’d expect in such a naming scheme to see the low-enders at the beginning (like the E, for instance) and the top-tier devices towards the end (the Z and ZL). But what comes after Z?

No idea, but getting back to the L for an instance we have to mention the dimensions of the phone have also leaked. These are said to be 128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm. Which would make the L a whole mm thinner than last year’s 4.3-inch Xperia S. Not bad!

Naturally, there’s still no word on pricing or release dates, but expect the L to be unveiled next to the higher end SP. Probably sometime this month, but that’s just a guess. Anyone interested?