So now Sony Ericsson is a full-on part of Sony, looks like the Japanese giant is pressing ahead with plans to go it alone. Mid-2012 is when we'll see Sony ditch the Ericsson bit of the brand and this could be one of the first devices to show it off.
First of all, we have to say - don't get your hopes up. Sony may have given us the Walkman, the Vaio, the Playstation and Bravia but it looks like the spec sheet for said mystery handset is hardly worth waiting for.
The Nyphon (its codename) will apparently be rocking a 1GHz dual-core chipset, a 4in qHD display, 8MP camera (featuring backlit sensor), 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. All nice enough, but hardly anything to write home about these days and certainly not by the time we're well into Olympics year.
Worse still, the Nyphon will, apparently, launch with Gingerbread on board. Not that we have any issues with Android 2.3 but come on guys - Ice Cream Sandwich will have been out for many months by then so it's not just a case of making an upgrade available. We can't help feeling it should be on board already!
One other thing worth noting is the handset appears to keep the Xperia brand to tap into a market that is already well established. But the notable detail that's clearly visible in the pictures that have surfaced via Chinese site Mobile.It168 (and brought our way by GSMArena)
Anyway, this may not necessarily be a flagship Sony device and could just be a mid-range handset that has happened to be leaked first. We hope so.