New Sony Xperia outed by Australian Retailer? [Update]

by XB on 29/12/2012

in Rumours


It appears that one of the largest Australian retailers, Harvey Norman, has inadvertently leaked a new Sony Xperia handset. The image of the handset appeared in a sales pamphlet for the retailer. The offer was advertising the Xperia sola for A$199 unlocked, but the image associated with the listing is clearly not the Xperia sola.

What immediately strikes us about this new handset is how thin the bezel is. The screensaver extends to the very edge of the chassis, the bezel looks even thinner than the Sony Xperia Z (C660X Yuga). We expect this unidentified model is a mid-range handset which will sport three capacitive buttons at the bottom. It shares the same boxy design as the Xperia ion, although it doesn’t have the same all-glass front that the ion has.

We imagine that the retailer mixed up its image assets with a phone it wasn’t meant to reveal just yet. Perhaps we will hear more on this handset at CES in early January.

Update: False alert. For some reason, Harvey Norman is using a concept image. No idea why this would be the case for such a large retailer, but there you go. [Thanks kurtdean!]

Harvey Norman Sales Leaflet

Thanks to eagle-eyed reader Tom!

  • http://www.facebook.com/roosh.t3 Notável Roosh

    what Xperia Z is a mid range ? so the LT39i ? what it could be ?

  • kurtdean

    @XperiaBlog

    This one is from concept-phones

  • reptile64

    Totally fake I can say!

  • kurtdean
  • http://twitter.com/Szondikapitany Ádám

    2.3?

  • zzid

    XperiaBlog got too excited, again.

  • adsada_arc

    lol seriously xperiablog? I can see straight away that is clearly fake the bottom of the phone is clearly the xperia S and the photo in the magazine has clearly been photoshopped on top of the xperia sola. Come on!

  • APai

    the specs sure look like that of sola. the graphic designer screwed up

  • http://www.facebook.com/butz007 Butch Sales Esmero
  • adsada_arc

    “Update: Harvey Norman is using a concept image. No idea why this would be the case for such a large retailer, but there you go.”

    Good update! sorry xperiablog you’re normally great at your journalism but this is really poor, unless this Tom guy is a trusted source he is clearly pulling your leg. Just come clean you made a mistake, no need to try blame it on this retailer, I highly doubt they would use a concept image and as others have also pointed out the whole mock up is clearly fake not just the concept phone…

  • shanefalco

    price is lower because not receive JB! it’s old as xperia U!

  • Jerry Berglund

    Well dont think that its bad. I like rumours… even the faulty once. :-)

  • H-R-K

    may be E single or dual sim phone….

  • reptile64

    Why nobody’s listening to my alerts :P

  • Killing Spree

    ones*

  • Tom

    Sorry mate but its clearly not fake, I think you should just come clean you made a mistake.

  • adsada_arc

    ha, damn I better eat my words eh! in my defence the image above really looks fake, but yeah pretty odd for a large company to make such a mistake… anyway sorry for doubting ya :)

  • XperiaBlog

    “Sorry XperiaBlog you’re normally great at your journalism but this is really poor, unless this Tom guy is a trusted source he is clearly pulling your leg. Just come clean you made a mistake, no need to try blame it on this retailer, I highly doubt they would use a concept image and as others have also pointed out the whole mock up is clearly fake not just the concept phone…”

    We recognise the responsibility to our readers to have some basis before posting rumours. But given the nature of rumours, they won’t always be right. We vet many, many rumours – either those sent directly to us or those from the wider web. The majority do not get posted.

    We had no reason to believe that this flyer was faked as you may be suggesting. We’re always very careful before putting posts out like this. However, this was from one of the largest Australian retailers so didn’t have any reason to believe it would be fake.

    Also, we can’t keep track of the dozens of concept images that are produced. As soon as we were aware that this was a concept, the post was updated straight away (within 10 minutes of it going live).

    We could have pulled this post once we realised the mistake. But we stand by our stories, we certainly won’t hide if it turns out to be wrong.

  • WTF
  • shubhs108

    What I’m hoping for :) although there are signs that say otherwise

    http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/Nov2012/sony-to-launch-nexus-smartphone-running-key-lime-pie.html

  • Xperia S addict

    But it feels bad if those does not come in real!!

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