Sony has plenty of Android in store for consumers in 2012, including at least a dozen products in the first nine months alone.
According to a newly leaked road map, the company already has code names, launch dates, and pricing for the 12 Android handsets. Starting withand running through September, the leak--should it prove legitimate--hints at a pair of flagship models.
We should expect to see thelaunch in March or April, followed shortly after by three additional models (Kumquat, Nypon, and Pepper). With prices ranging from $335 to $475, or 262 to 370 euros, it's difficult to forecast exactly what the hardware situation is for each. Specifications are scarce at this point, but rumors suggest that the Nypon will offer a 4-inch "WhiteMagic" display, while the Pepper could sport a 3.7-inch Reality Display.
The rest of 2012 is littered with models that range from as low as $180 to as high as $720. If pricing is any indicator, the Hayabusa ($632) and Mint I ($720) will be Sony's flagship models. Considering that it costs less than $700 to import an unlockedinto the United States, we may be in for something special come the middle of the year.
On the lower end of the spectrum, the Tapioca and Tapioca DS could succeed the.
It's worth noting that not every one of these models will make its way to the United States, and I don't need to caution you not to take this schedule as gospel. Many of the products will likely end up in Europe, Asia, or Canada before landing stateside, if they ever do. Even so, schedules slip, so road maps like these aren't always written in stone.
On the other hand, it's possible that Sony will push for a larger U.S. presence, with more of these phones making it into a store near you than ever before. Either way, prepare yourself to see Sony Xperia phones, and not Sony Ericsson phones, since the company recently.
With Mobile World Congress but a few weeks away, and Sony already teasing a mobile showcase for the Xperia line, it's safe to bet we'll hear something on the Pepper, Kumquat, and Nypon, each slated for an April release.