Back at IFA this year, Sony announced its updated Xperia line-up of handsets including the Xperia T and V. Back then, Sony had stated that it will release the Xperia V in late-November/early-December.
However, it looks like Sony has decided to push back the release date of Xperia V to early-January. The company announced via its Sony Xperia France Twitter account that it will be releasing the Xperia V in January 2013 now. The reason behind this delay is that Sony wants to release the handset with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board instead of Android 4.0.4 as it had originally announced.
Along with this, Sony will also be reducing the price of the handset to €529 from its original intended price of €549 to compensate for the delay.
It is not yet confirmed whether the Xperia V will be delayed in France only or the whole of Europe. The handset will, however, go on sale in Japan this week under the KDDI network as announced.
Via – Xperia Blog
Sony has announced its latest addition to the Xperia line-up, the Xperia AX. The handset is meant only for the Japanese market, and is similar to the recently announced Xperia V.
The Xperia AX sports a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with 720p resolution powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 13MP camera at its back and the usual connectivity features such as GPS with A-GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi etc.
Since the Xperia AX is targeted towards the Japanese market, it comes with some Japan-specific features such as infrared port data exchange, mobile wallet, and mobile TV among others. The AX looks exactly like the Xperia V and even has the IP57 certification as the former.
The handset will sadly launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board with Sony’s new Media applications such as Walkman, Album, Movies and more. Sony did not specifiy as to when the handset will be available in Japan, but it should ideally be around the same time as the Xperia V hits the shelves in Europe.
In addition to its latest flagship Xperia handset, the Xperia T, Sony also announced two other Xperia handsets, the Xperia V and J. The Xperia V is a LTE compatible phone from the Japanese company, and will come with the highest level of water resistance possible in a smartphone.
The V is similar to the Xperia T except that it is meant for the United States. The specs of the V include a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Krait processor, 1GB of RAM, an Adreno 225 GPU, one-touch connectivity thanks to NFC, PlayStation Certified, a 13MP camera with FullHD (1080p) video recording, Clear audio+, MHL connectivity and much more.
The Xperia J is a budget-oriented Droid from the company that is aimed at emerging markets of Asia. The 9.2mm slim Xperia J packs in a 4-inch display with FWVGA resolution, a 5MP snapper in the back and a VGA camera in the front. Both the handsets will be running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box instead of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
The handsets will be available in a bunch of colors before the holiday season of 2012 kicks-in.