Is there anything more baffling in the Android world than the branding of Samsung’s latest mid-range offerings? Sure there is, Sony’s naming scheme. Just think about it, the Xperia family covers basically half of the alphabet already and there’s no logical way to explain why the P is larger and more powerful than the U or why the E and Z have seen daylight after the J and S.
And don’t even get me started on the double-lettered models that make less sense than Inception’s plot. But hey, Sony doesn’t seem to be bothered at all by these logical inconsistencies, so get ready to welcome the Xperia L and SP. Oy vey!
Granted, the two market names are far from confirmed at this time, but they have been spotted in Postel’s database and “the Indonesian FCC” is usually to be trusted.
Out of the two, the SP is most likely going to be the shiner, as it’s supposed to come packing a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
We don’t know the device’s screen size yet, but we’re almost certain the panel will be boasting a 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution. We’ve even seen a couple of low-quality pics starring the SP, only at that time the phone was known as the C530X or HuaShan (to be honest, both those names sound acceptable now).
In a nutshell, the Xperia SP is going to be a downsized version of the Z/ZL duo for folks that can’t afford the top of the line phones, so chances are it’ll be out soon. Maybe at MWC, maybe even earlier.
As for the Xperia L, aka the C210X, this has also been leaked before, but it’s been mostly ignored so far. That’s because it’s not exactly a top-tier device, being rumored to come with an 854 x 480 pix res display (probably a 4-incher), a dual-core 1 GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU, 1 GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Come to think of it, that doesn’t sound too awful, so maybe if the L will also follow Z’s design philosophy while keeping the price bar very low it might stand a chance at least in Europe and Asia. But still, what the fudge is up with that random naming scheme, Sony? Are you trying to mess with our heads?