Unveiled back in August at IFA 2012 trade fair, Sony Xperia V has yet to make its debut on the market. Unfortunately, the Japanese handset maker did not disclose any details on the phone’s availability, so we’re still waiting for more details to leak online.
Previously known as LT25i, the Sony Xperia V has been recently priced in Sweden for 500 EUR (640 USD) + VAT, though no release date was mentioned.
However, the folks over at XperiaBlog have just learned that Italian retailers will sell the Xperia V for prices ranging between 400 to 500 EUR, tax included. Sadly, again, no specific timeline was given for the launch of the device.
Sony Xperia V will be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system when it hits shelves, but the handset maker confirmed the phone’s software as being upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
It will be interesting to see how much time Sony will need to update its latest Xperia devices to Jelly Bean, especially that its main competitors are already readying JB-based devices for the year’s end.
Although the Xperia V is not the most powerful in the Xperia series, the smartphone is equipped with a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, an Adreno 225 graphics processing unit and 1GB of RAM.
There are only 8GB of storage inside, but users can expanded it up to 32GB via microSD memory card. The phone is IP57 certified (dust and water resistant), but it’s also waterproof up to 1 meter and 30 minutes.
The Xperia V sports a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution. The phone’s screen is based on Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and features scratch-resistant glass coating.
Another strong point of the smartphone is the impressive 13-megapixel camera on the back, which features autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording.