Sony Xperia V, which was officially announced in August, is rumored to debut in December. A Swedish retailer, which has a reputation of being accurate with the release dates it has published on its website, inadvertently revealed the device’s shipping date through its most recent listing.
Dustin.de published a page to promote Sony Xperia V LT25I on Tuesday. While Sony hasn’t revealed the official release date when this handset starts shipment, the retailer suggests shipping would start on December 3rd, at least, in Sweden and Europe. As of now, there is no information if the company has plans in bringing this device to the U.S. and whether or not it will tie up with US providers to subsidize Xperia V and make it more affordable for everyone who is willing to sign a contract.
Sony Xperia V is a water- and dust-proof Android smartphone that comes packed with Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset with a dual-core Krait clocked at 1.5GHz and integrated Adreno 225 graphics processor. Like Xperia Acro S, this is a solid mid-ranger and it offers 4G LTE connectivity. This feature alone would tell us Xperia V, if released in the US, would head straight to a carrier offering LTE bundles.
Sony also gave this handset a full 1GB RAM to complement its fast processor and 8GB internal memory with a complementary microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB external memory.
Aside from typical connectivity peripherals, Xperia V has all hardware necessary for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. This is in line with Google’s campaign to promote its Google Wallet mobile payment system. Devices released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS are most likely to feature NFC.
Its display is not really impressive but decent. It makes use of Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 allowing a resolution of up to 720 x 1280 pixels or around 342ppi density. While it uses a typical TFT touchscreen, it supports up to 10 fingers multitouch.
Its battery provides 1750mAh but since it comes with a more stable version of Android ICS and power-saving display technology, it can be used up to 7 hours of straight talk time. Xperia Acro S has 1910mAh battery but it reaches only 6 hours of straight use because of its LED-backlit LCD screen.
Sony is yet to confirm if the rumored shipping date posted on Dustin.de is real. Moreover, the company needs to provide more information to the media about this device. The pricing is yet unknown to everyone but the Swedish retailer offers it for 4,299 Kroner or around $655 USD.