It looks as though Samsung won't be the only manufacturer to hold a press event in March. Sony also announced its own press conference on the 18th, but their press event will be held in Russia.The reason for the event are currently unknown. Sony's flagship, the Xperia Z, was already launched, so what could come out on this occasion?
Well, there are some hunches. The other day, the UK-based lamda-tek website, among other anxious websites, added the unannounced Sony Xperia SP as "coming soon" and mentioning it will be available in about a week or so (which you can see for yourself at this link; I expected a more snappier website coming from a UK retailer to be honest, this one made me think I was on a phishing web site). Beside the Sony's Xperia SP, there was also the Xperia L smart phone on which websites also jumped the horse on.
Unfortunately the two phones were not posted along with a spec sheet, but if rumors are to be believed, the two smart phones will have hardware for the budget market, the Xperia SP having:
- 1.7 Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
- 4.55 inch with 720p resolution
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 8 MP Exmor RS camera rear camera
- 1 GB of RAM
- Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
The SP will be available in the UK starting from next week, when all the major retailers including Amazon and eBuyer will have it in stock, but no news for the rest of the world yet. The phone will be available at a price starting from around £313 (or $466 or â‚¬358 at the current exchange rate) free of contract.
The Xperia L, on the other hand is the lower mid-ranger in terms of specs, offering:
- 4.3 inch FWVGA 854 x 480 resolution display
- 1 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor
- Adreno 305 GPU
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8 GB internal memory
- 1,700 mAh battery
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
This handset will be available in the UK free of contract at the price of £219 (which means â‚¬250 or $326).
These two are most probably the reason for the press conference.If that's the case, I don't know why they are even bothering having this event seeing that we pretty much know everything about them.