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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  1. 512 MB ram is fail

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

    1. Sony is a Japanese company -.-

      1. But the phone is being released in China…

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

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

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

  4. Garbage!

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

    1. spec-wise

  6. Keep that thing away from me…

  7. wow Sony what da?

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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 It is so out of date and it reminds people of the old fugly dumb phones.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

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

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

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

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