'Xperia Sola' trademark hints at another possible Sony handset

In contrast to the letter-based naming scheme that it's using internationally, it seems Sony may be sticking with something a bit more unique for one future device. Following the unveiling of the Xperia Ion at CES, it's emerged today that Sony has filed to trademark the name "Xperia Sola" at the U.S. Trademark and Patents Office, as well as its European counterpart the OHIM.

What such a product might eventually be is anyone's guess. A few possibilities could lie in the recently-leaked international roadmap.

However, the registration of a trademark doesn't guarantee that any product with that name will appear -- we've seen manufacturers snap up trademarks without using them in the past. But we have to admit that the "Xpreia Sola" name would certainly fit in with Sony's established nomenclature.

Any wild guesses about what, if anything, the "Xperia Sola" might turn out to be? Shout out in the comments!

Source: USPTO, OHIM; via: MobileSyrup

Alex Dobie
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  • How about an Xperia PLAY 2?
  • Ha that's exactly what I was thinking about. A nice dual core gaming phone for poeple like me who sold there systems years ago.
  • I normally hate when people whine about not having quadcore phones, but i think that's one time where a quadcore would be better.
  • Probably an outdoor/active device that could withstand the elements much like other phones marketed toward adventure seekers. Sola is, according to a quick lookup, an Indian shrub, the pith of which is used for making helmets. And with that statement I've quickly realized that I have too much time on my hands and will get back to work now.
  • With Sony in the trouble it's in, they really need to get a clean slate, and they can start by dropping the Xperia branding.
    Talk about flogging a (I'll admit) not-quite-dead horse, but it'll be dead soon enough.
  • Too many models. Have they learned nothing?