Sony’s next smartphone might be the successor to the Xperia S if an image from an Indonesian website is true.
According to Xperia Blog and image alluding the a Sony Xperia SL appeared on Indonesian website Postel recently. The Xperia SL has a model number of LT26ii, while the original Xperia S is the LT26i. Everything about the name screams “successor to the Xperia S,” though we don’t know anything specific about the new smartphone.
The current Xperia S recently launched on AT&T as a mid-range smartphone. It has a 720p display, but uses an older Snapdragon S3 1.5GHz processor and launched with Android 2.3. Sony recently updated the phone to Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’s now one version behind following the announcement of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
We assume the Xperia SL will have a newer processor and hopefully at least Android 4.0, if not Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The current Xperia S isn’t bad for a mid-range phone, but if Sony releases the Xperia SL soon it will hopefully be a high-end smartphone instead. Sony should try to compete with the HTC One X instead of the Lumia 900.
Sony does have a recent history of releasing incremental improvements for its smartphones. Last year then Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia arc S, the successor to the Xperia arc with a faster processor. Hopefully we won’t have to wait until next year to hear about the Xperia SL, by then we might be talking about entirely new chips and versions of Android.