One of Sony’s more eagerly awaited handsets this year, the Xperia V, will miss the holiday sales rush and land early next year instead, a tweet from the phone-maker’s French arm has revealed.
Originally expected to drop around Christmas, the Xperia V’s release date has been pushed back for reasons as yet unknown to January 2013. While that may disappoint a few punters, it’s not all bad news. To make the wait worth it, the handset will ship with the latest, sweetest Jelly Bean iteration of Android. It’ll also be a teeny bit cheaper, from €549 to €529 - about £425 in proper money.
For that outlay, you’ll get a waterproof kit that packs a 4.3-inch Reality Display screen with a native 720p HD resolution and Sony’s latest Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology for all the works in the visuals departments.
Under the hood sits a 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus (MSM8960) chip from Qualcomm with an Adreno 225 GPU to keep things running tickety-boo 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
‘Round back there’s a 13-megapixel camera featuring an Exmor R sensor and 1080p shooting. A front-facing VGA is also on board for making video calls.
Although the handset has not been confirmed for UK availability, since it offers LTE support, we can at least be optimistic that it might come to EE, which has just launched its 4G network.
Stay tuned for more news and announcements about the Xperia V in the months ahead.