There’s no doubt Sony Ericsson is working on next year’s Xperia line-up. We already know about the Sony Ericsson LT26i, dubbed Nozomi, believed to sport a 4.3-inch 720 x 1280 display and dual-core processor. However, we now know that it is also working on a few other models (five altogether), which highlights that SE may have almost as many phones in its 2012 range as it did in 2011 (nine if you include the Xperia acro).
The user agent profiles for four new phones have been released including the LT22i, LT28at, MT27i and ST25i, whilst another handset (MT18i) has appeared in the AnTuTu benchmark. The UAProf for the LT26i is also live. UAProfs are used to reveal a device’s properties for web page rendering and MMS exchange.
The ‘LT’ in this case stands for large touchsceren and carry on from where the Xperia arc (LT15i) and Xperia arc S (LT18i) left off. Looking at the UAProf’s we can see that the Sony Ericsson LT22i will have qHD resolution (960 x 540 pixels), whilst the LT26i and LT28i will have a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. These handsets are likely to be the flagships of 2012, with the LT22i possibly sporting a smaller screen size than the LT26i/LT28i.
Moving on to the mid-tier, we have the MT18i (which could be a cancelled prototype) and the MT27i, that is likely to be the successor to the Xperia neo (MT15i).The MT27i will come with the same resolution as the Xperia neo (480 x 854), providing some differentiation from the LT range.
Moving to the smaller end of the spectrum we have the Sony Ericsson ST25i that is likely to be the Xperia mini (ST15i) successor. Interestingly, the ST25i will have a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, meaning it will have a high pixel density. This would be welcome news given it has the lowest PPI for the 2011 range. However, the high PPI may mean that this is the Xperia ray (ST18i) successor instead.
Much like last year, we would expect at least one new handset to be announced at CES 2012 in January with the rest announced at MWC 2012 in February. We imagine there’ll be plenty of more leaks before then though to give a bit more clarity to the above.