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Sony 'Odin' tipped as 2013 flagship device

With a few months left to go in 2012, a code name emerges for one of next year's big Android releases.

Sony Xperia T
Is the Xperia T a sign of more to come? Stephen Shankland/CNET

We might be a few months away from CES and Mobile World Congress, but that doesn't mean handset rumors are going to wait around. The preliminary details for a new Sony smartphone have surfaced, possibly laying the groundwork for a new "flagship" device.

According to information first noticed by Blog of Mobile (translated), Sony is prepping a C650X smartphone under the code name of Odin. As detected in its User-Agent Profile (UAProf), the phone looks to run Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Sony's 10.1.A.0.XXX firmware.

To be clear, there is no other evidence to support the claim of "flagship" device. Considering we're talking about early 2013, the idea of anything older than 4.1 would be met with a collective grumbling by the Android masses. Yet, if Sony is able to build on the momentum of recent models (Xperia T), then the Odin could be mythical indeed.

A sign of bigger things to come
To me, the more interesting bit of news coming out of the Odin leak is that Sony may be eschewing the ST/MT/LT suffix that accompanies its smartphones. As Blog of Mobile advises, the new handset has been found with similar model numbers in C6502, C6503, and C6506.

Said to be the same device for various regions and carriers, it may be part of a new Sony strategy. Rather than an Xperia O, it's possible this will have a standalone name.

I don't know about you but I get confused fairly easy by all these phones that bear nearly identical names. Would it be too much to ask if we just a completely different name for every model? Here's to hoping for Grid, Vili, and Frigga in 2013.