You'd think that Sony might have learned to release fewer handsets and try their best to get the Xperia Z out into the global market but, no. The latest batch of rumors from Japan are suggesting that Sony have a trio of devices in the works that should help make the Xperia Z feel a little older right off the bat. Of course, rumors should always be taken with a pinch of salt but, this is a strategy that Sony have been using for some time now. We saw it with 2012's Xperia S and Xperia T, two "flagship" devices released in the same year.
First of all, there's a duo of regular smartphones that Japanese site smasoku.mobi are reporting on. The Xperia A - codenamed "Dogo" - is said to be a 4.6-inch sized device, powered by a Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 3,200 mAh battery. As well as that there's apparently water and dust resistance - a la the Xperia Z - and an IR blaster and NFC support. The Xperia UL - codenamed "Gaga" - shares all of the above internals and could be a sort of "little brother" to the Xperia A, like the ZL is to the Z.
Then there's the monster 6.4-inch smartphone that's codenamed "Togari" and while it doesn't have an Xperia letter assigned to it just yet, there's word that it'll be launching on the Japanese network Docomo later in the year. Specs wise, we should expect more of the same outlined above, but maybe a higher clock speed on that Snapdragon 600. This could well be going up against the Galaxy Note III which is slated for release at the end of the year but, either way this is a huge smartphone and we're not sure it'd sell all that well - why not just buy a Nexus 7?
These are just rumored devices, and devices for Japan at that, so there's a good chance that these might not make it to the west. Having said that, both the Xperia Z and the Xperia Tablet Z have been released on Docomo in Japan and they've enjoyed somewhat global releases recently. It looks like Sony could well have something a little more exciting for us up their sleeve, I just wish they'd throw out the whole letter-based naming scheme. It's getting a little old, Sony.
Can anyone in the comments tell me a letter of the alphabet Sony hasn't used yet?