January 18, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
After it finally split up with Ericsson and started announcing and unveiling exclusive Sony branded gadgets, the Japanese multinational electronics giant seems to have big plans for 2012.
Sony is preparing the release of no less than 12 Android-powered smartphones during the course of this year, according to a leak picked up by the guys at gsmarena.com just a couple of hours ago. While this piece of information is far from being official, the list looks pretty legit and makes us think it’s trustworthy.
The first Sony smartphone to be released this year is, as we all expected, the Xperia S, coming in Europe and Asia for around 590 dollars. The monster 4.3-incher, powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, is set to be followed by three devices in April, codenamed Kumquat, Nypon and Pepper.
These should cost 335, 475 and 395 dollars respectively, being therefore set to hit the medium-end and low-end part of today’s smartphone market. The LT22i Nypon will sport a 4-inch WhiteMagic display, according to rumors, while the MT27i Pepper should come with a 3.7-inch Reality Display.
In June, there should be only one Sony launch, with a mysterious Olive I to hit the market at a 395-dollar price tag, while in July the Hayabusa and Tapioca are themselves set to come to a store near you. The Hayabusa has a $632 price tag next to its name, so it should be something pretty special, while the Tapioca will probably be the most basic Sony handset to hit the market in 2012, with a 188-dollar price tag.
Next up, we have another five smartphones to be released in August and September, but there’s little to nothing known about these, aside from the fact that they currently have exotic codenames like ‘’Lotus’’ and ‘’Mint I’’.
I for one am really excited to see what Sony has in store for us in 2012, especially after checking out the Xperia S, which looks darn nice on paper. On the other hand, I want to warn you to look at this leaked list with caution, because there’s a good chance for some of these smartphones to not be released this year (or ever), while most of them, if not all, will come with different names once they’ll hit the market. Also, keep in mind that the leaked prices are for the Asian and European markets, so in the US all these handsets (or the ones that’ll come, at least) should be consistently cheaper.