It’s pretty weird to say this about a device that’s not Samsung or Google-made, but Sony’s Xperia Odin looked like the most anticipated phone to get an early 2013 unveiling.

And we’re not saying that just because the handheld has been extensively making the rumor rounds of late, but also because the rumors revealed a lot of juicy things.

Unfortunately, that might as well come to an end today when we’re hearing the first less than impressive story about the Odin. The phone was spotted in an AnTuTu benchmark test and, based on that, we’re starting to doubt it will equipped with the early rumored quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU.

The Odin only scored a total of 8,753 points in AnTuTu, which is not only less than impressive, but mediocre altogether. For comparison, we’ve seen the quad-core LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 score over 13,500 in the same benchmark, so chances are Sony’s “flagship” will only be a dual-core device after all.

Then again, it’s possible this is just a testing unit of the Odin, but if that’s the case Sony has a lot of work to do and an early 2013 release becomes unlikely.

On the flip side (there is one), it seems that the Xperia Odin will still come with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, a 5-inch full HD display, a 13 MP rear-facing shooter, a 2,370 mAh battery and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, all of which are top-tier specs. But will those be enough to make up for the supposed low performance of this big guy’s chip? We can only wait and see.

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