Xperia neo L announced as Sony’s first Ice Cream Sandwich handset

Missing from Sony’s first round of phones to launch without the Ericsson tag was the Android version everyone is craving a taste of, but Ice Cream Sandwich is finally making its debut on the newly announced Xperia neo L — there is a bit of a tradeoff, though. While the neo L treats us to Android 4.0 it does so with little pizazz, featuring specs that place it squarely in the mid-range category.

The handset, which is currently slated for a release in China, carries a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, and a 4-inch display at 800×480. Also included is 1GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD) and a 5MP camera, but the neo L misses out on NFC support. It measures in at a plump 12.2mm and sports a 1500mAh battery.

The neo L may be the first to launch with ICS, but Sony has plans to push the updated operating system to its product range shortly. In the meantime, there is no mention of an international release in the pipeline for the neo L, though we wouldn’t rule it out entirely.

[via AndroidCommunity]

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  • Jaswinder Singh

    512 MB ram is fail

  • AllAboutTheCore

    The phone sucks, it looks awful to start with but then the Chinese seem to like fugly and bulky devices.

    • imposterPenguin

      Sony is a Japanese company -.-

      • Mark Seven

        But the phone is being released in China…

  • Mark Lunney

    Fair enough specs for mid-range. Annoying to see Gingerbread-style capacative buttons on an ICS handset though.

    • WHAT?

      I don’t see any capacitive buttons. I see physical buttons directly under the icons.

      • Mark Lunney

        I didn’t, but I was referring more to the inclusion of a menu/search key than the type of buttons themselves.

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  • TheWenger

    It’s like a slightly larger version of my HTC Hero from 2 years ago.

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  • Mark Seven

    Keep that thing away from me…

  • moises1204

    wow Sony what da?

  • Aslan Bollin

    YA Sony, lets just out the latest most upto date version of the OS on your mid/low range devices and give your top of the line devices the old version…….

    Ass backwards much o_O?

  • TheCaprican

    Sony still doesn’t get it. Their design is still out of touch imho.

  • TheCaprican

    Sony should get rid of that old fashioned Sony-Ericson green logo. It is so out of date and it reminds people of the old fugly dumb phones.
    Im ready to submit my resume for marketing position :D

  • Scott Palmer

    Samsung Galaxy S has similar specs and it isn’t powerful enough for ICS.  What is Sony thinking?  Fail!

  • Kelvin Ti

    Sony Neo series is crappy! Just keep that thing for those creatures in Mainland China!

  • Ivan Padilla

    that sh*t still has Sony Ericsson brand on it.