It seems that the folks at Sony are having a hard time keeping their upcoming smartphones under wraps. Prior to the announcements of their flagship Xperia S handset, numerous image and specification leaks made their way online leaving little to the imagination during their big CES announcement. The only thing that was different was the change in branding from Sony Ericsson to just Sony. It appears that history seems to be repeating itself and an image of their upcoming handset which goes by the codename ST25i Kumquat has made an unofficial appearance online.

The upcoming Sony Ericsson Kumquat

The upcoming Sony Ericsson Kumquat

The image comes courtesy of a post by Xperia Blog who expects this handset to be officially unveiled at the Mobile World Conference event at Barcelona next month. From the image we can see that the design of the Kumquat is quite similar to Sony’s new flagship handset, the Xperia S. As for specifications, not much information is available except for the handset to feature a 3.5-inch display with a FWVGA resolution, a dual-core 1GHz processor and a 5MP camera. The major similarity with this handset is the LED indicator strip at the bottom of the handset. As mentioned earlier in an earlier report, it was said that this handset could be a successor to the Xperia mini so one should not expect the specifications to be extremely high-end.

The image of the handset features the Sony Ericsson branding, but as we have seen in the past, Sony could possibly unveil the final version of the handset with the Sony only branding. Along with this handset, rumours suggest that Sony could also be launching two other handsets along with the Kumquat which are the Nozomi and Nyphon.

The fact that Sony is having a hard time keeping their handsets under wraps is no news as over the last few months many handsets have managed to sneak their way online. Is this good for the brand when making an announcement or is it just some way of marketing their handset before the actual announcement? Let us know your reactions on the upcoming handset, the Kumquat, in the comments below and what do you think about the constant image and specification leaks of the brands upcoming products?

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