It looks Sony is set to announce a slew of new smartphones at February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Three of them have already been pictured out in the wild, but only two of them are running Android. The third, surprisingly, is running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform.
Assuming none of the handsets are part of a previous project that has now been scrapped, the Windows Phone device which was sent into PocketNow would be the first to run a Microsoft platform since the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 was launched back in 2008, running Windows Mobile 6.1.
But I wouldn’t get your hopes up just yet. The device sports a “Sony Ericsson” moniker — rather than just “Sony” — suggesting it isn’t a recent handset, but rather an old model that maybe never saw the light of day. We certainly won’t rule it out, however. Sony could have something special up its sleeve, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for that.
The other two devices, which are featured in an image passed onto GSM Arena, are codenamed the Xperia Nypon and the Xperia Kumquat. The former is the largest of the two devices, sporting what is believed to be a 4-inch qHD Reality display, and an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording.
The latter is believed to be an Xperia mini successor, featuring a smaller 3.5-inch FWVGA Reality display, and a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording. Both devices will reportedly be powered by a NovaThor U8500-based chipset.
Unfortunately, these are just rumors at this point — based on very blurry images — so it’s best not to pin too much hope on them until they are made official.
I’m certainly most excited about the possibility of a Windows Phone handset from Sony. Which one would you like to see get unveiled at MWC next month?