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Sony Xperia Neo L gets FCC approval, could come to AT&T or T-Mobile soon

June 28, 2012
Sony’s current US line-up of Android-based smartphones is pretty rich, but that doesn’t seem to make the Japanese hesitant to enrich it even further. The Xperia Neo L, a low-end, but very good-looking handheld, is the latest Sony device to be heading towards the States and, while company officials haven’t confirmed the news, we just spotted an FCC filing that does exactly that. As usual, the FCC certification documents don’t provide us with much insight on the phone’s future specs and features, but we have a pretty good idea what US carriers could have the Neo L in stores in the near future. While it doesn’t seem to come with LTE or AWS support, the Xperia Neo L will feature EDGE/GPRS radios at 850/1900 MHz frequencies, as well as GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands and WCDMA 900/2100 MHz connectivity.  We can therefore assume that a launch on either Verizon or Sprint is out of the question for the 4-incher, while AT&T and T-Mobile are the most likely “suspects” to bring this over in the States. Of course, there’s no guarantee that any one of those two carriers will end up selling the Sony Xperia Neo L anytime soon, so for the time being we only know that they could make it available. We’ve also known for a month that the handheld will not be sold exclusively in China, as it was first announced back in March. Europe and Asia are still under consideration, however.

Getting back to the Neo L’s future specs and features, these are known in China, but it’s not improbable to see a few tweaks and maybe upgrades, if the phone will hit the US. If it will come to the States in the exact same “form” as it has hit China, though, the Xperia Neo L is not exactly an enticing or exciting piece of technology. Powered by a single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, the handheld sports a 4-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with 854 x 480 pixels resolution and features 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, and a 5 MP rear-facing camera. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running almost makes the Xperia Neo L a mid-range device (the key word being “almost”), but the handheld still seems like a modest effort from a manufacturer that has a long way to go before challenging the likes of Samsung or HTC in the Android world.

Are you excited about the possible coming of the Xperia Neo L in the US? What would be a fair price to ask for such a modestly equipped smartphone in, say, a month or two?