It takes all sorts, they say, but Sony looks set to test the limits of that theory if a newly leaked image of a forthcoming Xperia handset is anything to go by.
It's being referred to as the Sony Xperia ST21i, or the 'Tapioca', and has surfaced together with the slightly-easier-to-look-at LT29i 'Hayabusa' this week to give us a glimpse of what Sony has tucked away up its sleeve for the months ahead.
This isn't actually the first time we've heard of either of them, with both names having popped up in the list of upcoming Sony handsets that leaked back in January. But while that only revealed ballpark price and launch date info, now we have images and specs to mull over too.
The Tapioca (seen posing next to the Xperia S above) features a 3.2in HVGA display, but it's certainly... big-boned, shall we say, with a fairly pronounced lip just below the screen not helping matters much. Its modest credentials include an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 3-megapixel camera and – we're pleased to see – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It's certainly a departure from the typical Xperia look we've become used to seeing recently, though to be fair things like illuminated transparent strips are costly indulgences at the budget end of the smartphone market. Either way, it ain't pretty.
The LT29i Hayabusa, on the other hand, looks to be a different prospect altogether. It's being lined up as the successor to the Xperia S, and is set to come packing a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, along with a 4.55in Reality Display, slender 7mm profile and 13-megapixel camera.
According to the leaked Sony roadmap, both new faces are scheduled to be set loose in July.