The magic of UA profiles strikes again from Sony Mobile. Thanks to a recent leak on the Sony Mobile website we can now tell you about two unannounced smartphones, the Xperia ST27i and Xperia ST27a. If you are willing to take a look at Sony’s usual numbering convention, the i in ST27i stands for international while the a from the ST27a stands for America. This means that we might be looking at another duo of devices that are looking to stand up amongst the middle class Droids out there.
Before we move on to the specs of the devices, there is another small matter to attend to. If you recall the Xperia Active, that little rugged Android powered smartphone, you may remember that the codename Sony used for it was ST17. This might lead you to believe that the ST27 is the model that will succeed the Active, and you would absolutely correct.
And now for the specs of the Xperia ST27. The information extracted from those profiles points to the fact that the ST27 will have a ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 chipset that packs a rather nice 1GHz dual core processor and a Mali 400MP GPU. This is the exact same GPU that Samsung has used in their Galaxy S II model, so it should prove more than enough for a middle class Android device. Another spec extracted from those documents points to a FWVGA 854×480 pixels resolution display, which is on par with the competition offerings. Based on these specs we could add 512 MB or even 1 GB of RAM and the Bravia tech for the display. There is still no word on the camera of the ST27, or whether it will pack the Exmor R technology patented by Sony.
The only disappointing news from those documents is the fact that the ST27 will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. This will certainly turn out to be a major disadvantage, even though Sony will probably offer an Android 4.0 ICS update later on. As things usually go, this particular Sony device might come out exactly at the same time as the next iteration of the Google OS, Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.
For now, these are the only details we can give you about this upcoming smartphone, but if Sony wants back in the top tier manufactures segment, it should come up with this device rather sooner than later.