We’re all waiting with bated breath for Sony to unveil the high-end Odin/Yuga duo, but before anything there are still some old scores to be settled.

The Xperia line of smartphones has been strengthened and refreshed with a large number of new names these past few months, but at least one of them is yet to see the light of day. The V, unveiled at the same time as the J and T, was supposed to be released next to its “cousins”, but for some reason it has been pushed back to December.

Now we’re hearing that Sony won’t be able to stick to that ETA either, but don’t be too furious, because it might all be to the best. According to a tweet from the company’s official French account, the Xperia V will be available in late January 2013 with JB for €529.

The rescheduling of the release is definitely not good news, but the other two announcements are, considering that the V was initially supposed to sell for €549 with Android 4.0 ICS on board. Sony France also doesn’t mention what version of Jelly Bean the 4.3-incher will come with after all, so we can even hope to see 4.2 upon launch.

Another detail that Sony is mum about is V’s release outside France, although we doubt that anyone will get it sooner than next year with a lower version of Android than 4.1. As for pricing, the €529 should be the new MRSP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) across Europe, while Americans can hope to get it for around $530.

Besides the software bump, we’re guessing not many features will be tweaked, so we should still expect a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 pix res display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, a 13 MP rear-facing shooter, a 1,750 mAh battery, as well as dust and water resistance.

Does the Xperia V sound more or less exciting than before? Will January 2013 be too late for it to make an impression, even with Jelly Bean on board?