By Stephen Schenck | December 30, 2013 5:30 PM
One week ago, we were lamenting just how little we seemed to know about Sony’s upcoming smartphone plans. An international Z1 Mini is still the most promising product on the horizon, and while we ended up seeing quite a few models mentioned as contenders for in-development hardware, we lacked a lot of specifics. With CES just around the corner, will Sony have anything new to debut? One rumor says “yes,” and follows that up with some claims about another handset a few months later.
OK, first up we have a model assigned codename Sirius. This would be the first of the two to launch, and could make a showing at the CES itself. With specs like a Snapdragon 800 and 5.2-inch display (presumably 1080p) it really doesn’t sound like a pronounced improvement over the Xperia Z1, though perhaps there’s more we just don’t know – for instance, the phone might get a more recent version of the 800.
But while Sirius is a little confusing, this next one is just downright odd: supposedly, Sony could introduce a phone codenamed Canopus closer to May, except this model would be WiFi-only. We might buy that for something branded as a Walkman device – a media player more akin to the iPod Touch – but that’s almost belied by specs like a five-inch display and another Snapdragon 800. That’s not saying that Sony couldn’t produce such a device, but we struggle to understand just why it might want to; if anything, that segment of the market seems to be on the way out.