The Sony Xperia V was announced back in August as part of Sony’s new 2012 lineup after the Xperia S and the Xperia ion, which were announced back in January at the CES. The Xperia V was shown off alongside the Xperia T and the Xperia J. But now, sad news awaits customers who were looking forward to getting the Xperia V as Sony France has come out with a word that the smartphone has been delayed until January 2013 for undisclosed reasons. We presume it’s probably to sort out some last minute niggles or perhaps to get the latest firmware running on the device, the latter being more likely. The message was given out by the company’s official Twitter account, so it’s pretty genuine info.
The good news however is that Sony will bundle the device with Android 4.1.1 out of the box instead of the aging Android 4.0 ICS. Also, the price seems to have been reduced by a good 30 Euros, so it’s not all bad. It’s never a bad idea to make some tweaks right before the launch as the buyer would want to have the latest firmware running on the smartphone. The Xperia V packs a neat 4.3-inch HD display much like the Xperia S, and is accompanied by a 13MP camera sensor promising crisp and sharp images. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core chip clocked at 1.5 GHz with Adreno 225 graphics on board. The phone is also water and dust resistant (IP57 certified), so for all you guys out there wanting a rugged phone, this is the one to get. The delay does come as a setback for Sony especially with the holiday season approaching, but it seems like the company has some specific plans in mind. Let’s see how things pan out in the coming days.
Since we’ve heard only from Sony France and not the entire European unit of Sony, it’s hard to presume if this delay is limited just to France. The folks at Phone Arena mention that the phone is still up for pre-order in Sweden and Switzerland with shipping scheduled to commence in 2-6 weeks. The smartphone’s availability in the Asian markets still seems to be hanging in the balance. We would like to see the Xperia V hit shelves soon, and it goes without saying that it will have some takers in the U.S too.