Sony has announced the Xperia Neo L MT25i today -- a 4-inch, single-core device that will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich to China. The successor to last year's Xperia Neo and Xperia Neo V, it will be the first phone from Sony to ship with Android 4.0 out of the box. A quick look at the disclosed specifications and we can see that this one isn't a huge boost on the hardware front:
- 4-inch 854x480 display
- 5MP rear camera (with 720p recording)
- VGA front facing camera
- 512MB RAM
- 1GB on-board storage
- 1GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU
- MicroSD card slot
- 1500mAh battery
It's also not the thinnest and lightest phone in the world, checking in at 131.5 grams and 12.2 mm thick. The real draw to the Neo L will be ICS out of the box.
It's no powerhouse by today's standards. It's fairly thick and heavy. And it may not ever show up anywhere except China. I'm fine with the first two, but Sony, you're killing me with the last. This phone, like every Android phone you've ever made, comes in a version that will work just dandy with AT&T's network in the U.S., and most of the GSM networks in Europe. Why is it so hard to sell the phone unlocked from your website for worldwide delivery? Sony's various business ventures have to have a distribution network that can handle this. They're freaking Sony.
You've kept your best devices away from anyone in the U.S. who doesn't want to spend the time and money to get them imported by not selling them this way. Don't follow the trend other OEM's have set and release specific devices for different parts of the world. Please. I jump back and forth between what may arguably be the best Android devices available -- a Galaxy Nexus and a Galaxy S II. But I would be using a oh-so-sexy Xperia Arc S in "Pure White" if I could have entered my card info at your website and bought one without extra fees and the headache of buying it with no warranty through an importer. I'm shallow like that when it comes to electronics. I'm not the only one.
The world wants to buy your phones. They are beautifully designed and usually extremely well built. Don't keep them from us.