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Sony has delayed the launch of its Xperia V smartphone in Europe until January 2013 while it upgrades the handset’s software to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. It has also announced that the device will get a small price cut from €549 (approx. $702) to €529 (approx. $677).

Originally scheduled for a December debut in France, the Xperia V was going to launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. However, Sony has decided it’s best to hold onto the device for another month and provide customers with Jelly Bean out of the box.

The news came via the Sony Xperia France Twitter account, and while it’s yet to be confirmed elsewhere, we’re expecting the delay — and indeed the price cut — to apply globally. The one exception may be in Sony’s homeland of Japan, where the Xperia V is scheduled to make its debut imminently.

Sony hasn’t exactly been the quickest vendor to upgrade its devices to the latest Android software, and it’s already released several Xperia smartphones this year that are still running Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s good to see the Xperia V will come with Jelly Bean as standard, then.

Will you be picking up the Xperia V in January?

[Via: Android Central]